Monday, August 17, 2009

More Harbour Scenes

Our local plein air group had a paint-out yesterday in Rosslare Harbour. Rosslare Harbour is mainly known for its busy ferryport, connecting Ireland with the UK and France. It's not a place that would immediately spring to mind as a paint-out location, but we managed to find our way to this wonderful little harbour known locally as "The Safe".

For my first painting I was drawn to this old fishing boat. At least I knew that it wasn't going anywhere!

Beached, The Safe, Rosslare
(11" x 14" Oil on Board)
















I forgot to take a progress photo, mainly because of an altercation with an extremely rude boat owner (don't ask!), but here's a photo of the scene:-















After lunch it had become decidedly cooler and was partially clouded over, but there was still enough sun peeping through to cause an attractive shimmer on the water. While there are boats in the painting, it is really more about capturing the choppy water.

Lined Up, The Safe, Rosslare
(11" x 14" Oil on Board)
















This was my block-in:-

















And here's a photo of the scene:-












4 comments:

René PleinAir. said...

Looking at these boat paintings Rob is right your are getting a grip of them. Very nice!

Mick Carney said...

These are a leap ahead of your last boat paintings and your photographs are so helpful in seeing the process. I was wondering, do you use a medium or turps at all when blocking in or do you paint with paint only?

Michael McGuire said...

Sorry for the delay in getting back to you, Mick. I usually use a mix of 60/40 turps/linseed oil for block-in, using just enough to speed up the painting process.

Michael McGuire said...

Thanks Renee. I must make an effort to do more of them.