About Sunset On the Bay

When I saw the view for the first time at Sandbanks in Dorset, England, I instantly knew that it would be a great thing to paint. Sandbanks in Poole, is a peninsula with sand beaches and a large shallow water harbour the other. The natural beauty of the harbour and sunset make a truly stunning image. I've always quite liked the darkened silhouettes and the coloured backdrop of the sky. The water being so still, also gave this moment more kudos.

I began by putting in the sky colour. Working to get the range of reds, oranges and yellows. Then, I focused on the sea and putting in the boats. A dark grey was all that was really needed as the rest was created by the reflection of the sky. The white glowing sun was the last part to be painted.

With this painting it was interesting to get the scale right of the boats and sea. As too big a boat would have looked really out of place. I kept checking the scale against the rest of the picture and found that it worked.

I believe that I've captured the essence of the location. The sunset, still water stretching over the bay was fun to paint.

Acrylic on canvas. 14 x 18 inches. Completed 2016.

Sunset On The Bay

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