This watercolour painting evokes many happy childhood memories of holidays at the seaside with my brother and sister. We were very fortunate children really, as many of my friends at school never had any holidays at the sea at all and we went every year at least two or three times.
We loved building sandcastles, paddling in the sea, finding shells and searching rock pools for fish and crabs. It clearly left a lasting impression on me as I still love being by the sea today.
My watercolour above measres 19 cm x 29 cm and was painted on Fabriano Artistico extra white rough paper, 100% cotton & 140 lb. I used a limited palette, just five colours – Cobalt Blue, Winsor Blue Red Shade, Quinacridone Coral, Raw Umber and Buff Titanium. The photograph doesn’t really do the painting justice, the reality is much better. It is worth clicking on the image to view it larger.
I enjoyed painting this and as always it has been a learning curve. If I painted this scene again there are things I would do differently. But I like this watercolour – it puts a smile on my face…