Tugboat at Wick

Sometimes a subject catches my eye, even when it isn't the sort of thing I would normally paint. In this case I think it was the saturated colours which interested me, or maybe I was inspired by René's boat paintings!

Tugboat at Wick
Acrylic, 8 x 10 inches, 20 x 25 cm

I used my usual 'Secondary Palette', but I had to use a brighter red - Scarlet Lake (Arylamide, PR188). The basic palette is:

Raw Sienna
Burnt Sienna
Permanent Rose
French Ultramarine
Pthalo Blue (green shade)
Pthalo Green (yellow shade)

When I need a brighter red/orange or yellow I use Scarlet Lake and Winsor Yellow.


  1. Hi Keith
    I know what you mean about the change of subject matter. I like the way you have handled the colour harmony, even though you've used such a bright red.

  2. Thanks Stuart. I can't say I'm happy using bright colours, even though I admire artists who do.

    I think it's good to try something different from time to time. It helps to keep the work fresh.

  3. Indeed it does Keith, and you did a great job doing it!

    Thanks for the linking, much appreciated.

    I think you should do it more often, because as with your landscape paintings it can be more loosely. You only have to get use through the even harder and more simplifying bit. (does this make any sense?)

  4. Yes I think so René. I did find it hard not to put in too much detail. I think I need to concentrate more on the big shapes.

  5. what ever the reason it is great to see you do something out of the box keith.despite the detail this looks fresh!

  6. Thanks Rob. I might do a few more harbour paintings, we have some nice ones around here.

  7. Lovely Keith, I really like those Oil storage tanks, they produce wonderful reflections in the water of the harbour.


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