I always take lots of photos when I’m out and about especially when you catch a day with good light! I took photos of Portrush Harbour where I used to live one sunny Autumn day. The North Coast of Ireland seems to get a light all of it’s own! I stock pile oceans of photos as possible reference to work from, or just ideas.
I pieced together a couple of photographs to create a panorama which is what I worked from.
|The finished painting…’Portrush Harbour’ 27″x19″ Pastel on velour|
|I’m working on the sandy colour velour as I find when layering
lots of blue, this under colour tends to warm it up a little. Starting
at the top I’ve put the darkest blue down first and get
gradually lighter as I go towards the horizon.
|The velour is great as it takes many layers, but it takes many
hours of scrubbing the colour into the paper to build up a
really smooth gradient. I love doing this part but my arm is
quite sore by the end, especially on this big painting!
|Rubbing it in until smooth|
|I’ve used a dusky blue for white buildings which are in shadow.|
|Using the larger Unison sticks to bring the light
colours and reflections in to the water. I find
the Unison blend so well on the velour. Creating
this mirror like surface on the water is surprisingly
|It’s just a case of patience now! I’ve got my colours all in front
of me, I’ve just got to methodically get round the whole
harbour and make sure that the buildings and their reflections
|A close up of a small area showing the lovely spongey texture
of the velour paper.