Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Sunset on the Crouch

Sunset on the Crouch, 36x30 Acrylic on canvas
This a from a photo taken many years ago when we were invited to sail on a relatives yacht along the River Crouch and into the North Sea.

A wonderful experience, and this shows the peace of the evening, especially after a dinner of Fish & Chips from a local shop right on the dockside.

This is the largest painting I have ever done, I used Acrylic paint, thinking that the fast drying would be an advantage, it was in some ways, but a problem with acrylic is the colours darken when dry and with a dark subject like this I found that very frustrating, so much so I shoved the painting in a spare room and never looked at it for a long time.

But now I get praise for it and when I look through fresh eyes I like it!

You can get acrylic paint now that keeps the colour when dry, I highly recommend Winsor & Newton's "Artists Acrylics".

But for me I now paint in oils and love it!


  1. John,
    I bet this look lovely seen in reality and not a photo. On my computer it does look fairly dark and I always think the colors in photos do not do justice to the real colors whatever paint you use.
    A very calm painting and great for memories.

  2. I had a look at the painting and the photo and see what you mean so I have brightened it a bit