Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Below the Castle of Mey

"The Castle of Mey from Wester Haven" - watercolour - 13 x 18 cm

This is an unusual view of the Castle of Mey, from the harbour of Wester Haven, which has featured in a couple of my recent posts, here and here. The misty effect beyond the rocks was caused by smoke that was drifting across from a fire. I thought it was a useful device for breaking up the strong horizontal of the distant shoreline.

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  1. Great composition Keith, I like it.

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  2. Good morning Keith!... Carefully composed... brilliantly executed... a winner - clearly that!

    Good Painting!
    Warmest regards,
    Bruce

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    1. Hi Bruce, I'm glad you think it worked out OK. It was a surprisingly difficult subject, not helped by the tiny size.

      All the best,
      Keith

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  3. As you wrote, Keith: an unusual view of the Castle of Mey - very different from the other two paintings. Although I can understand your reason for breaking up or softening the horizontals in the painting, I love the horizontal design of many of your paintings; it adds another, deeper, dimension to what, at first, appears as a reproduction of a landscape.

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    1. Thanks Diane, although I think in this case the horizontal strip of water might have made it look like two separate paintings.

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    2. I don't agree. I feel that the shapes in the foreground reflect the castle in the background and join everything together.

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  4. I posted a comment several days ago, but it seems not to have arrived. No doubt I had another senior moment. lol. This is a fabulous painting Keith, and I really like the misty 'band' across the landscape. Also, for me, I think the detailed foreground coupled with the minimal brush strokes of the castle, create a good sense of distance which compensates beautifully for the horizontal division. Very, very nice.

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    1. Thank you John. I'm glad you like the variation in detail, it wasn't easy to do in such a small painting.

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