Applegarth At Work (Watercolor 350mm x 245mm)
by Rob Williams
Applegarth At Work
This is a picture painted from a photograph loaned to me by my son-law's Mother. The Applegarth was sunk in the Mersey and her Father was on board, he did not survive. I painted another view of the tug for her and she has this hanging.
The painting is painted on Windsor and Newton Cotman not, 140lb/300gsm. Paper size is 380 mm X 280 mm.
I use a template size 350 mm X 245 mm, to paint within. This I find is right for mounting the picture in a 22" X 16" frame (500mm X 400mm).
I used mainly student quality paints but I do use the odd artist quality. The colours I used were:
- Ultramarine blue
- Burnt Umber
- Pains Grey
- Alizarin Crimson
- Cadmium Red
- Raw Sienna
I am trying to use a limited palette more often, as I gain in experience. I find the colour mixing process is fascinating. I use very little Pains grey now.
The most challenging part were capturing the water and the atmosphere. I am pleased with the way water turned out and I like to think the misted background gives the picture something special.
Also, painting a black hull and making it look realistic is not as easy as it looks.
Any constructive comments can only help me move on!