Crail, East Neuk of Fife – Inktense Pencils in a small Watercolour Moleskine

This is meant to complement my last “post” which was a sketch of the area, known as the “Shoregate”, at Crail Harbour. This view is from the “West Braes” area of the town. Many artists invade this part of the world and this is the iconic view of Crail with it’s harbour. Everyone wants to paint it and I am having nightmares as I have a “commission” to produce a large panorama of this scene. Each attempt gets worse. I really don’t know how some of you “Professional Artists” keep your sanity. This is meant to be a hobby for me!!!!!!

Crail is one of many small fishing villages along this part of the Fife coast. In days past, fishing was the major source of income and trading, with the continent of Europe, was brisk as far back as the 9th century. Up until the middle of the 20th century thousands of herring drifters were based at Crail, Cellardyke, Anstruther (pronounced “Ainster”), Pittenweem and St Monans, just some of the many small communities along this beautiful coastline. Today, the herring industry has gone and the main source of revenue is tourism. Many of these old buildings are either for rent or have been taken over as second homes. This area is well worth visiting if the weather is good. When the wind blows it can be wild. Life must have been hard in the old days.