Friday 29 July 2016

#102 'Crabbing at Langstone Harbour' 8x10"

This is my kind of subject! I love painting water, buildings, people and the evening light was fab too. 
I painted this view back in 2000 when I first starting painting properly and I haven't painted it since. It used to be something I'd see daily when coming off of Hayling Island bridge where I used to live.
When I got to the harbour, it was bustling with families crabbing, I walked around to find a good aspect and decided I liked the life it added with the people. Set up and at least 8 of them came over to just where I was panting, no good for getting them into my view! But the two boys stayed there long enough for me to paint them. I was surrounded by shrieks with the kids pulling up the crabs on there lines, and dropping them into their buckets.

The evening light didn’t last long and I was franticly painting in the sky and water as it takes up so much of the composition it needed to be right and well observed. The paint was thick for the sky and thin for the water which seamed to work well.


  1. Really love this view Clare and you have captured it so well

  2. A tranquil lightness and mood to this one, as if it were an old favourite one had seen many times before. Very restful.

  3. A very familiar view :-) The previous painting you did of this view was a watercolour!
    I like them both but this has an aliveness, I think because of painting en plain air.

  4. Wow, that view will never become tiresome. Wonderful memories. I agree with what Mum said - it is alive. So much depth to it. Please reverse this for me!

  5. Thank you! Helen, Nick, O-B Ebbybow & Samantha such lovely comments. Ebbybow, I did do a similar view in watercolour years ago, but prefer oils and painting outside :-) Samantha, I will reserve it for you!