This is the finished painting
I had intended to post another work in progress shot, but as I got into the rhythm of the painting, it was as easy to finish, and more interesting to look at anyway
I had one false start, which normally I wouldn’t admit to. I decided the sea looked too pale and insipid, so I scrubbed back the bottom half of the platform legs, so that I could paint over the sea again and deepen the colour. Especially the area around the platforms needed to be darker even though it wasn’t in the photograph. I used Viridian mixed with a little Lamp Black for the sea colour, which works well I always think, with a nod of thanks to Rowland Hilder.
This alteration did leave me with two hard lines which normally I would have been able to blend. I have disguised them a bit with white caps, so not too bad
As for the structures themselves, I used Burnt Sienna with a little Crimson to get close to the colour of rust, and drybrushed as much as possible to look like rusty paintwork. The very deep shadows on the platforms I did with Ultramarine Violet, neat straight out of the tube with as little water as possible and straight over the rust colour. The barnacles at the bottom were painted with Olive Green, but still not dark enough, so I overlaid with the Violet.
There were some red marks where brackets had been fitted, which was probably red oxide base coat in its day. Again some Crimson, with a little free expression, seemed to get that effect.
This turned out better than expected, I am pleased to say. I have learned from it, and it was a welcome change from the usual scenes. Not a painting anyone is likely to buy, so pure self-indulgence really.
4 thoughts on “Thames Estuary Sea Forts: Finished Painting”
Great work David and I know what you mean about this subject matter being purely for self indulgence. It’s undoubtedly very niche! I hope my ‘companion’ piece to this painting will be the feature of my blog post next week. I’ll be sure to link through to your site and give full credit for the inspiration. Thanks again David
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I will look forward to your blog next week
This is certainly different but it is good to try something different now and again. It goes to show that ‘creative’ people like us should keep our eyes open for interesting subjects as inspiration while we are out and about!
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Thanks Caroline. Just sometimes you want to have a go at something for the sake of it as I am sure you know
Made a nice change from doing exhibition work!!