Beaches

Today, to celebrate the end of summer, I will feature three landscapes I made long ago which show Lake Erie from the beach at Port Burwell. This is one of my family’s favourite places to visit.

The first was done in enamel paints which are drippy and wet, but were just the thing for a painter who couldn’t afford something better. Still, I managed to make a lively scene and arrived at some interesting colour effects. Port Burwell has a lovely wide beach and cliffs at the end, which make for some spectacular views.

Iroquois Beach by Barry Trower (1983).
Iroquois Beach by Barry Trower (1983).

Here is a charcoal drawing of the same scene. The marks are cartoony and simple but I think that they approach a convincing sense of space.

Iroquois Beach by Barry Trower.
Iroquois Beach by Barry Trower.

The second painting was done in acrylic paints on unprimed cardboard which makes for a nice, dry, colour application. The style is quick and sketchy but somehow I feel I have captured some of the feeling of a windy day at the beach.

Windy Beach by Barry Trower (1985).
Windy Beach by Barry Trower (1985).

This week’s blog post has reminded me how much fun it is to paint landscapes- I should do it again!

Here’s hoping you enjoy good weather and fresh air as we move into autumn.

Yours,

Barry

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