Sluice Gate Thornham Harbour


Sluice Gate Thornham Harbour watercolour on paper by Brian C Day Detail of Sluice Gate Thornham Harbour watercolour on paper by Brian C Day Sluice Gate Thornham Harbour watercolour on paper mounted and framed by Brian C Day

Watercolour on paper. Signed lower left. Titled on the reverse.

Image size: 12.6 x 23.4 cm; framed dimension 35.5 x 45.7 cm.

The painting is archivally mounted with a double acid free window mount and barrier board, glazed and framed with a beautiful gold hand-finished moulding.

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Thornham harbour is a subject matter revisited numerous times by the artist as this is the location where he selected to live and exhibit his work in the mid-seventies. Thornham harbour with its distinctive coal barn, its creaks and jetties still populated by boats and the wide expanse of mash land make it a popular subject matter for Norfolk painters both in watercolour and oil paint.

The sluice gate at Thornham has been standing for decades; an iconic part of the landscape and provides a focus for this detailed watercolour painting. The path along the sea defences leads to Holme-Next-Sea RSPB bird reserve nestled in the trees shown on the horizon.

The warm evening light as the sun sets is reminiscent of the impressionists and the heightened colour is a departure by the artist from the standard palette he uses. Painted mauves, pinks and cerulean blue mix in the sky and reflect on the mudflats and creak in the foreground.

Flocks of geese in flight are show against the light about to land on the fields beyond the sea defence whilst wading birds, redshank, sandpipers or oystercatchers forage in the foreground.

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