'Toppers off West Pier . Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin'

'Toppers off West Pier . Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin'


Silhoutted against the dark of the pier walls; toppers...(small sail boats for youths) stand out. Showing their stark colours and shapes.I wanted to capture the qualities here. I took a reference photo. Sketching was too hard - the wind was fierce...hence the sailing conditions! I used a very generous amount of colbalt blue in the sea to make sure it was much darker than the sky as this was a dusk setting. I could have put opaque in for the waves to show their highlighted crests, however this would ruin a watercolour which wouldn't be pure.

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