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Charlestown, Cornwall, painting in pastel

Posted On: Sunday 2nd September 2012
Summary: Charleston, Cornwall is an old harbour from which China clay was exported all over the world. This pastel was painted from a high viewpoint looking over the old sailing ships

Blog Tags: Boats   Outdoor painting   Plein air   Pastels painting   Reflections in water   Painting water   

charlestown cornwall painting in pastelsA sunny evening at Charlestown in Cornwall, and this high elevation overlooking the old harbour afforded a great composition to paint in pastels. I painted this in soft pastels using rough colorfix paper. The paper was a mid grey, and I left a lot of it untouched for the water in the foreground. The shadows of masts and spars falling on the water and the quay-side was a particular challenge and pleasure to paint, and formed an important element in the scene.

Size is 13"x19"

If ever there was a case for painting on location, this is it. I took a photograph, but it didn't capture the sense of place at all. The bulk of the work just had to be completed at the time, looking at the scene.


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