A few weeks ago we had a family trip to Felixstowe. The weather was great, and we were fortunate enough to still be there as the ‘golden hour’ got under way. The setting sun cast a wonderful glow over the struts of the pier, while the sky was a peachy and lavender symphony. I snapped a couple of photos before the moment passed, and have tried to capture the feeling in this little watercolour sketch.
I’d have been happier if the water shades had been less muddy: the reality was much deeper and prettier, with pale blue highlights. The pillars also suffered. I do like the sky though, and the light on the buildings on the pier.
Because the watercolour sketch didn’t live up to my expectations, I tried again today, this time in acrylics which I thought might offer me the depth of colours in the pier pillars.
This time I struggled once again with the sea shades – they should have been rather moodier, where as this looks a bit Caribbean! I think I just need to be more observant of the colours and get to know the paints better. However, I did capture something of the orangey sunlight on the pier struts and building edges, which I’m pleased about.
It’s really strange seeing these two pictures next to each other. I’m sure that some of what I learned in the process of trying the watercolour has rubbed off on the acrylic. Oh, I guess that’s why the pros do sketches before they start a ‘real’ painting!