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Skating in the Moonlight – Atmospheric watercolour Landscape


Skating in the Moonlight is one in a series of atmospheric watercolour landscapes that I have created. I started painting at a larger scale during January and February 2024. I felt that the atmosphere of the painting was enhanced by the size.


I was inspired by a range of  photos and places she had visited, as well as watercolours and etchings by the artist Norman Ackroyd.


I created the background by building up layers of paint in many washes to produce a smooth transition from black to grey. I added in the mountains and carefully blended the lower parts with the greys of the lake, to create the mistiness. Finally, I painted the moon and the white birds in white gouache. This brings light to the painting.


The painting captures the misty atmosphere at night over a lake. I decided to include a bird on the water to add movement and as a reminder of the beauty in wildlife.

A piece for any room in your house, Skating in the Moonlight evokes a feeling of calmness and peace, which will hopefully benefit your overall mental health.

Surface: Saunders and Waterford cold pressed watercolour paper (650 gsm)

Size: 75 x 55 cm within a 100 x 75 outer mount.

Framed painting available on collection. Please email if interested (