On a crisp afternoon with the sun low in the sky. It was a day when in the shadows the frost never melted and the temperature reached a chilly 2 degrees C, however there was no wind so in the sun before it dropped behind the branches of a tree it was quite pleasant.
The estuary is beautiful at low tide when the vast expanses of mud glimmer and are covered in all sorts of birds. Best of all is the calls of the birds especially Curlew that kept me company. Plenty of Wigeon, Teal, Shelduck, Redshanks, Godwits, Dunlin, Avocets, Dabchicks and gulls.
Josephine on Beccles Quay
It was nice to be able to get my sketch this week done before the weekend. This was mostly thanks to Mike Liggins who phoned and asked me to meet him at Beccles Quay to do a follow up piece for BBC Look East for last years challenge and for this year. I am not sure when this will be shown it was done too late in the day for tonight’s programme so hopefully sometime this week. It was a rare sunny afternoon with the light already starting to fade when I sat down to sketch this fine boat called Josephine which moored in the Quay.
I think this must have been an old barge but is now someones home.
Dunwich Cliffs again
I have still been suffering with this virus and getting out to paint is difficult. I first tried the car park at Dunwich by the cafe and did have my paints out on the beach ready to start, but before I could I could see the snow clouds approaching from the North. All the fields around the car park are deep in water after last nights tidal surge breached the shingle bank.
So back into the car and up the road to Dunwich NT to take advantage of the Lookout building where I could be dry and out of the weather. Having painted the view South out of the window last week I turned my attention North towards Southwold. Although at first I had to deal with the snow that was beating on the window and the condensation that rapidly appeared on the inside. While painting, over the sea there were flocks of Scoter ducks, Grebes and Cormorants were flying past. One of the rafts of Scoters on the sea were appearing and disappearing as they dived had a solitary Long Tailed Duck accompanying them.
So in the background are yet more snow clouds approaching while I tried to capture the brief moment of brighter light, the buildings in Southwold illuminated against the dark clouds. In the foreground I liked the light that was being reflected off the icy roof of the Sea watching building.
This is the start of my new challenge, a colour sketch each week throughout 2017. I have been unfortunate to have the winter virus since Christmas and I struggled with the last few sketches last year and this first week I have had to leave it until the last day. Even then I needed to find somewhere dry and not too cold. So back to Dunwich Heath NT and back to the Coastguard lookout where I sketched North last year www.kate-batchelor.co.uk/dunwich/day-107-of-my-2016-sketch-a-day-challenge when it was also raining but this time to sketch the view South.
So today is a very misty drizzly day and the view across over Minsmere beach is all muted greys with no sight of Sizewell.