July 17, 2010

Artists by the Sea

Here are some of the works that I painted last week at Artists by the Sea, a fundraiser for Hospice of Charlotte.  I did not think it would take a week to get these up here...  All I can do is thank people for their patience.  I shall post the works in chronological order.  It will take a few days for me to get them all posted, I believe.

Water St, 7:30 am, 7 x 5", watercolour
All paintings in this post have sold.

When I started out last Saturday morning, it was raining.  So I parked the car on the main street in St Andrews, aptly enough, named Water St, and started painting.  I rested the board on which I mount my paper on the steering wheel, (Carefully, as no one appreciated horns honking at 7:15 am)  and spread out paint, brushes, etc on the passenger seat.  It worked reasonable well.

Car in the Fog, watercolour, 5 x 7"

Niger Reef, 5 x 7", watercolour

After painting the two street scenes, I moved out to the waterfront where I set up on a boardwalk running behind the sheds from whence operate the whale watching operations.  It was still quite foggy and as I sketched, I watch the fog advance and recede, advance and recede.  What was quite neat was seeing how the fog revealed that what looked like solid clumps of trees were actually trees separated by fields.  I could quite clearly see the different layers of distance with the fog creating a screen or curtain which moved with the wind.

Golf Course view, 7 x 10", watercolour

Boats in the Fog, 7 x 10", watercolour

This is the same view as the previous one but the fog is closer to the viewer in this one, and I added the boats which I had left out of the above version.

St. Andrews Wharf in the fog, 7 x 10", watercolour

So that is all of them for today, but more to come soon.  Stay tuned. 


  1. Hi Poppy: Thanks for the nice demonstration at the CSPWC event. I really like your spontaneous approach to watercolour. Your blog is very nicely set up. Pleased to be on your subscription list to keep up with your current work. Please see us at www.yarmouthwaterfrontgallery.com and subscribe if you wish.

  2. Dan,

    I am glad that you enjoyed the demo. It was nice to see a lot of familiar faces, yours included. I checked out the Yarmouth Gallery online and will definitely stop in next time that I am in Yarmouth. I like how you have set up the blog for the Gallery, very clean and organized.