We had a couple of damp days (actually, it was more like being in a cloud at times) but we were determined to get out and see what could be done with the easel and brushes. The sheltered harbours of Newlyn and Mousehole seemed like a good choice as there would be scope for some colour with the fishing boats and associated paraphernalia. I actually enjoyed painting in these conditions. Despite the rain, the light was steady and the subtle greys made a nice backdrop for the notes of colour we were presented with.
This one was painted in the harbour at Newlyn (click images for larger version):
I was pleased with how this turned out. On the last couple of trips to Cornwall I didn’t feel as though I’d done Newlyn and Mousehole justice so I was determined to try and make a decent go of them this time round. It was quite a complex subject and I tried to keep all the colours and tones in harmony as best as I could. It’s busy without being cluttered and the composition seems to hold firm. Funnily enough, the big boat on the left had been moored for 2 years as it needed repairs but two thirds of the way through the painting they moved it towards the dry dock! The fisherman that told me seemed quite amused :)
The weather got a lot worse in the afternoon so I opted to buy some fresh mackerel and herring from the nearby fish shop and paint them back at the ranch. It took a while to find an interesting composition but eventually (and with the light fading fast) I settled on this arrangment on the kitchen table by the window.