3 Minch Studies

These three small studies of the colours of the Minch, looking cross towards Harris, were done on 300gsm rough watercolour paper, three sheets placed alongside one another on a large board on my easel. The differences between them aren’t dramatic, but rather they’re studies focusing on the effect of small things, changes made after the initial laying in of colours of possibilities I want to consider. Here they are side by side for easy comparison:

Minch Study, from Skye to Harris I, by Skye-based Artist Marion Boddy-Evans Minch Study, from Skye to Harris II, by Scottish Artist Marion Boddy-Evans Minch Study, from Skye to Harris III, by Scottish Artist Marion Boddy-Evans

I don’t have a favourite overall, there are pieces from each I will use in a larger painting at some point.

Minch Study, from Skye to Harris I, by Skye-based Artist Marion Boddy-Evans
Using the long edge of a palette knife to spread and mix still-wet sections of separate colour in the sea, with the thought that it could convey a sense of a moving swell. Sea gets darker overall into the distance.
Minch Study, from Skye to Harris II, by Scottish Artist Marion Boddy-Evans
Light blue on the horizon line and additional light blues over the dark blue sea in the distance. I think the light horizon line could’ve been thinner, or possibly an even-lighter line added. I feel the lighter blues in the distant sea enhance the feeling of depth.
Minch Study, from Skye to Harris III, by Scottish Artist Marion Boddy-Evans
Very dark horizon line, with blues gradually getting lighter towards the foreground. Knife-spread swells in the distance. Softer edges on the tops of the hills of Harris, suggesting moving clouds.

4 Replies to “3 Minch Studies”

  1. Love these views of the sea, particularly the last one with the darker horizon and the lighter seas in the foreground: it looks like the viewer is in the sea! However, I don’t understand the pale blue strip on top with your name on it — it does detract from the overall picture…

    1. Yes it does, but it’s so that when my photos are reposted on other websites the source of the photo is always there (unless someone deliberately crops it off).

  2. Yes, I agree. But I really love the pictures. I paint a lot of seascapes and haven’t really tried one with a pallet knife before, so this is new inspiration. Love learning new things.

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