This scene derives from the tiny harbour at Dalgety Bay, which is the town where I live. I was there at sunset on a summer evening. This provided a colourful sky of the kind I love to paint.
Dalgety Bay is on the north side of the Firth of Forth, where the river estuary enters the sea.
I’ve shown the moored yacht from the stern, an unusual angle maybe. This allowed me to silhouette the upper parts of the boat against the sky. For me, the point of this painting is really about the light transforming an ordinary setting into something special. In real life, the famous Forth Bridge would be partly visible in the distance. However, it’s such an iconic structure that it would have out-competed the yacht for attention. So I simply left it out. That’s what you call artistic licence.
Framed watercolour painting
Size: 10 x 14 inches / 25 x 35 centimetres