Sunday, 22 June 2014

Castle Cove, Dartmouth

Castle Cove, Dartmouth
Watercolour and Acrylic Ink on Paper
24cm x 34cm (9.5" x 13.5)

Castle Cove is a small beach reached by steps from Dartmouth Castle.

One of my focuses for this picture was to include a lot of drawn marks. The tree trunks are a mixture of watercolour pencil marks and acrylic ink lines. The cracks and the marks on the rocks are acrylic ink drawn with a variety of implements. Some of the highlights in the water are marks made with a wax crayon.

This is the first picture for which I've used coloured thumbnail sketches to experiment with different arrangements of colour (see Castle Cove - Thumbnail Sketches).

Castle Cove - Finished and Thumbnail

It is interesting to compare the final colour thumbnail with the actual picture. While I was painting, I thought I was being reasonably faithful to the thumbnail, but they are quite different, especially in the arrangement of tones.


  1. Its been a while since I visited your art very cool your still growing and what amazing progress your have achieved! BRAVO! Soon you & Elaine will be connecting up with Lori & to you all!

    1. Thank you Minaz. I’m looking forward to seeing Lori and Peter, shame it will be such a short visit - dinner on the Saturday and the Matisse Cut-Outs exhibition at Tate Modern on Sunday. All the best to you and Jim.