So this is the last sketch of my 2016 challenge and back to where it all begun on a chilly beach beside Covehithe broad. Then it was a quick watercolour sketch, the one and only one before I decided to use chinagraph pencils. I had hoped to repeat the same sketch but for those who know Covehithe well will appreciate just how much the Broad has changed over the past year so alas that could not be achieved but I did find this view towards the church which is close by and in the same direction.
Finally here are the stubs of 162 chinagraph pencils, so many times have I sharpened them all.
I waited all day for the fog to lift but as early afternoon arrived I realised that that was not going to happen! It is only when you travel out on such a day you discover the beauty of the brevity of tones of grey. Visibility was down to about 50 meters but there was still much to see across the estuary with a flock of Dunlin feeding on the edge some Redshank, Bar-tailed Godwits and Teal. Further out and barely visible in the grey were numerous Avocets. This sketch makes you realise how important a horizontal is to orientate the view something missing in this sketch as there is no background making the zig zag on the spit of land into the mud and water slightly awkward.
Let sleeping dogs lie
Here is my studio assistant pretending to be asleep but with one eye watching me closely.
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Fishing boat, Southwold
Drawn from the edge of the River Blyth close to the Harbour Inn in Southwold looking across the river towards Walberswick at a red fishing boat moored to it’s stage. Behind the very popular river footpath that leads to Walberswick.