Gran Canaria Harbour

When we were on holiday in Gran Canaria this summer, we passed a harbour in Arguineguin where I had to stop and take a photo.

I love a good harbour scene, and this was one I felt really strong about painting.

It looked like this:

Arguineguin, Gran Canaria

The colourful boats and the tropic surroundings just looks brilliant.

I knew I wouldn’t be able to do it justice, but I had to try.

So I started with a quick pencil sketch, which looked like this:

The sketch

Then came the wash:

The wash

And lastly the final layer:

Gran Canaria Harbour

I think (as always) that I could have painted it in a looser style.

The lines are a bit too strong, and the colours don’t blend in that “watercolour way” which I wanted.

But, being me, this isn’t bad.

I’m quite happy with it. Even though there is a lot to improve on.

So, let’s get on with the next one!

14 thoughts on “Gran Canaria Harbour

      1. I can relate. Sometimes simple is better, but I tend to overdraw and put to much detail in, hahaha. I don’t think you have to worry though. It turnd out very well and the more you practice the more you will approach what you are aiming for.

  1. This is great Kim, I like it! Perhaps the shades of red should be switched between the boats? I.e. the darker at the back? But either way this is a great representation – and I’ve been trying to do that looser wash style myself following our previous chat on it.

    Kudos 👍

    1. Thank you! 🙂 Yes, you have a point there. I do tend to be a bit quick (or lazy..) with the choice of colours, just wanting to get it on the paper as soon as possible 😀

      I would have wished that this one ended up a bit looser, actually. But it’s so damn hard to manage it. Hope you’re having fun with it as well 🙂

  2. I love this one! Actually, I’m kind of glad the colors didn’t “blend” in the way you first wanted. I think the sharper contrast of lines and colors serves the painting well. The shadows are especially awesome! The whole scene just comes to life and jumps right off the page — in a very good way.

    1. Thank you, Judith ☺ I’m glad you can give me another perspective on it. I guess I just imagined it differently when I set about making it, and therefore think of it as too rigid. But they never turn out exactly like I plan anyway ☺☺

    1. Thank you, Catherine 🙂 I do like to see the process of others when they make a painting, so I do my best to offer the same thing myself. I’m glad you like it. I’m quite happy with how it turned out 🙂

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