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Littlehampton marina in watercolour, step by step

I found a picture of Littlehampton marina / harbour at dusk that I’ve been mulling over for a week or so. I liked the view, but i didn’t like the idea of trying to paint it! The detailing and the amount of visual information and clutter in such a view is mind boggling.

I challenged myself to find an approach that I could make work. In my mind’s eye, what I liked the idea of is a painting that had really carefully constructed passages of quite flat washes such as the sky and the water, contrasting with a mass of freely painted boats, done in the most economical way possible.

I had done something not dissimilar in a sketchbook a year or so ago, a view of the Marina at Dieppe that I felt captured bustling boaty-ness of a marina but without getting fussy. I did however want this painting…

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