The Early Ferry, Lymington (Oil on Canvas). (12′ x 16″) (Unframed)
Each morning at about 0700 I take an early walk, either across the New Forest (usually at Setley), or more often, one of the routes that takes me through town, down by The Town Quay, along by the Yacht Basin and the boat yards, then back via the meadows and the uphill climb back to town and home.
Since the annual change of the clocks for winter, and the adjustment in times, especially on some brisk frosty mornings, meant that I have been privilege to witness some truly spectacular sunrises. I have stopped and stared for ages at the magnificence that surrounds me, so close to home. I often grab my iPhone and take some snaps.
Consequently I have collected a number of dramatic sunrise images. This paintitng is based on one of them.
I chose oils for this pic because I wanted to be able to make better use of the paints, and oils offer greater, more flexible ways of working. It’s only a small canvas, but I found the early morning light gave a strange eeriness to the glow trough the mist, and I couldn’t resist the composition I had snapped.
Add to that the fact that painting on cold days meant that my oils were stiff and sticky to use. This together with my use of a fine brush almost devoid of hairs, led to a new way of applying paint, that I much liked, and that I shall try now to extend into other works.
Hope you like it