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How To Paint Boats on Water – ‘Bobbing Boats’ with Alice Hole

7th March 2022 Estimated reading time: 4 mins

Alice Hole paints fishing boats in a Cornish harbour using many thin layers of Winsor & Newton Professional Acrylic.

I’m lucky enough to live in beautiful Cornwall, so have an abundance of incredible views on my doorstep that inspire me daily. As much as I love the wonderful, sweeping countryside vistas, I find myself frequently drawn back to the dramatic Cornish coastline. The relationship between man and the sea fascinates me. Local fishermen have long tried to battle the elements to get their catch, using methods that have barely changed over the centuries.
South west Cornwall is dotted with small harbours, roughly carved out of the granite cliffs, offering the fishing boats shelter from the ravages of the ocean. Coverack is one such harbour on The Lizard and, in this painting, I wanted to capture the fishing boats bobbing safely, sheltered within the harbour walls. I also aimed to show the light sparkling on the surface of the sea, the intricate reflections of the boats, and the lovely translucency of the shallow water.

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