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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.


  1. Great composition Keith, I like it.

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

    Good Painting!
    Warmest regards,

    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,

  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.

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

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

  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.

    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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