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Ackergill Tower, Ebb Tide

Ackergill Tower, Ebb Tide
16 x 25 cm

There are some popular subjects, which I find myself painting frequently. The problem with these is how to maintain the interest. In this case I set myself the challenge of using just two colours: French Ultramarine and Burnt Umber.


  1. Hi again Keith!.... There is always a way around becoming predictable and being governed by a process... this one proves that point admirably!

    While you limited yourself to using two colours... your accomplished abilities to use varied grade and tone with those two... ends up with an "unlimited" palette!

    Nicely done Keith... as always! Enjoyed my visit!

    Good Painting... and "playing" HAHA!
    Warmest regards,

  2. That is a wee size of painting Keith did you paint it out on location? Lovely composition.

  3. Hi Bruce. The interesting thing is that I think it's easier to limit the number of colours, in a way. Then tonal values become easier to judge and there is less need to worry about colour mixes.

  4. Hello Caroline. This was a studio painting using sketches and memory. It's a composition that I have painted a few times now.

  5. I love this one. Bruce has said all I'd like to re. great grades & tones achieved even with your limited pallate.

  6. This is excellent Keith, and I was very surprised to read that you only used two colours. Sometimes less really is more! A great composition full of feeling and very skillfully executed. I'm looking forward to popping back to follow your progress. All the best.

  7. Hello Caroline and thanks for the comment.

    "Sometimes less really is more!"

    Yes, especially in watercolour, I think, when the painting looks best when it's kept simple.


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