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My Palma: 6 months, 157 buildings and 205 boats

I interrupt my weekly digital exhibition of gouaches in my Ocho Balcones collection to present, with a considerable degree of excitement, my newest oil painting: The Bay of Palma. Started back in April when I found a typical little postcard of this typical view of the sprawling bay of Palma de Mallorca, I couldn’t resist the temptation to paint this city I have so come to love on the largest scale possible. So starting work on an immense 152 x 101 cm canvas, I set about painting what must be one of the most complicated painting projects of my art career.

Just the cathedral alone took endless hours of laboured work and adjustments of proportion, let alone the city which surrounds it and then those dreaded boats. Ah the boats… how I agonised over painting these seemingly innocuous white forms, correcting shadows and trying to paint masts with a shaking hand. But once 205 of them were done, I stood back in pride and admiration at what I had a achieved: a landscape which is both a typical view of this most admired of cities, but which was nonetheless technically difficult to capture, both because of its size and its detail. But I am delighted with the result.

Bay of Palma Water

I am therefore proud to share this painting exclusively on The Daily Norm along with a few shots of some of the many details which fill the work. I hope you like it!

Cathedral Port2 City Port3 Port Cathedral vertical Port buildings Port1

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9 Comments Post a comment
  1. Standing ovation from this Caribbean corner. Well done!

    September 28, 2015
    • Thank you! I should like to enjoy that corner of the Caribbean, but for now, I gratefully receive the ovation from afar 🙂

      September 29, 2015
  2. Well done ! I also visited your website, it’s really great ! Bravo 🙂

    September 28, 2015
    • Thanks Julie! And for the visit… you are always welcome on both The Daily Norm and on my official website! 🙂

      September 29, 2015
  3. Stunning! Breathtaking! A standing ovation from Ohio, USA.

    October 1, 2015
  4. Mary Lawrence #

    Your painting of Palma, the harbour and the cathedral just takes my breath away!
    The atmosphere, the construction, the light, the detail and the colours are all dazzling!

    October 16, 2015
    • Dear Mary, thank you so very much! I am thrilled to receive your kind comments. Thank you again!

      October 18, 2015

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