Pelican Bar

Susan Clare
Pelican Bar
  • Media: Acrylics
  • Subject: Waterscene, Boats or Seascape
  • Size: 60 x 60
  • Surface: Canvas
  • Price: £0.00

There is a sand bar of rocks and coral rubble about a quarter of a mile off the south coast of Jamaica, where the Pelicans perch for a rest, between fishing bouts. There is actually a little ramshackle bar, built over the water, there. As one approaches, in a small engine-powered canoe, the breeze whips the foam off the waves. All is dazzling glare, shimmering sea-spray and glimpses of the birds, just as silhouettes against the brilliance of breakers, which constantly roll in, across the sand bank. In order to capture the atmosphere, I used sweeping gestural strokes of acrylic applied generously, with a palette knife. I had used some gesso as an underpainting to create texture, particularly in the sea foam. The water closer to the boat, reveals patches of mustard-coloured coral, glimpsed beneath the surface. I employed some subtle use of complementary colours (violet and yellow) to make the foam seem as if it is shimmering in the strong sunshine. Winner of the Waterscene, Boats or Seascape category AOY2018

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