What if I took you discovering some Breton lovely harbors ? 😙
It was not on purpose but I had the chance to sketch two of them during the past weeks so I thought I should share my sketches with you. Boats and harbour are so interesting to paint! 😀
First of all, a few weeks ago, I spent a whole day in Brest and filled 5 pages of sketchbooks with watercolors!! ☺️
I took the chance to submit an article to the Urban Sketchers blog about Brest architecture and harbour and it has been published a few days ago. You may have already read it?! 😌
To read the article and see my sketchbook pages, please click on the pic above, or here! 😊
Then, last Saturday, I was in Camaret-sur-Mer, another beautiful town in Brittany… with a lovely harbour, of course!! 😉
There was a meeting organized by a group of Urban Sketchers there. The day was really enjoyable!
I first sketched a distant view of the harbour.
I am not sure I ever attempted to tackle this kind of subject with all the boats piled up so I simplified and sketched only a few. 😉
This place is really special, as there is a small church on a pier. The tower, called “La Tour Vauban” was built by the famous French Architect Vauban. As you can see, I was in a “keep it loose and abstract” mood, that day! 😉
The gorgeous purplish color in the clouds (the right hue is the one on the pic below) is Moonglow, from Daniel Smith. 😊
The colorful shapes I painted, near the church, are some impressive beautiful wrecks.
So, I headed for the pier to paint on one of them! 😊
These ships are so huge (see the first pic of the article), it was not easy to make one fit in my yet big sketchbook! 😅
In my opinion, boat curves are difficult to catch…
I was rather happy with this one, though ; I think it doesn’t look too wonky, what do you think?! 😁
This sketch looks “dryer” than the previous one as I used some dry brushes effects to express the texture of the rusty weathered old wreck.
And what do you think about this close-up view of the left part of the wreck sketch?! 😊
For me, the looseness is really pleasing. I would like to be able to create small loose vignette like that in the fields to go with my bigger sketches.
And these melting colors for the water and the sand… I wish I knew how I did that!!! 😂
By the way, I hope you don’t think this is some show-off when I say “I like that in my sketch”. 😳😉
In my opinion, it’s reaaaaaally important to be able to like some parts of our works, even if they are never perfect, because always criticizing our sketches and thinking they are not good enough is just discouraging.
My approach is : Of course my watercolors are not perfect and I have always in my mind (like you 😜) the “I should have done that” or “I shouldn’t have done that” or “this area is messed up” thoughts BUT I keep fighting them with positive encouraging thoughts like “I had fun doing this and it’s the most important thing”, or “How lovely are the colors just there!” or even “Hey, I almost can feel inspired, looking at my own work : I should use again this approach / this color mixing / this way to paint this subject for another piece!”. 😊
So, just a reminder : don’t forget to enjoy the happiness watercolor brings to us.
Always criticizing it is ungrateful!! 😜
I hope you liked this artistic walk in the lovely harbors of Brittany.
As a conclusion, here are a few more Breton boat sketches from my archives, as a further inspiration. ☺️
Thank you for following and encouraging me during this creative journey! 😌