MonthJune 2017

Week 25, 2017 Colour sketch challenge

Southwold beach

An early morning sketch on Southwold beach with the waves crashing onto the groynes. A cloudy morning which is quite a change from the many blindingly hot days of the past week.

week 25

Week 24, 2017 Colour sketch challenge

Covehithe Church

When I did my sketch in week 18 I saw this view across the fields towards the church, I thought then there was a future sketch waiting to be painted. So I returned today to find that the view was now much more difficult to see as the trees and undergrowth has filled out. Not to be put off I moved closer to the church to a nearer gateway and a similar view.

week 24


Week 23, 2017 Colour sketch challenge

National Trust Dunwich heath

A trip to Dunwich National Trust except this time looking northwards along the beach towards Southwold from the clifftops. Quite surprised that it was so windy and quite a challenge although worth just being there for all the Sand martins that were constantly flying past over the Bracken and Gorse. As I sketched this view the shadows of small clouds constantly flitted their way across the sea.

week 23

Week 22, 2017 Colour sketch challenge

Westwood Marshes, Walberswick

This week I knew exactly knew where I was going to paint somewhere I have sketched many times before.

A walk down from Hoist Covert car park through the Sweet Chestnut woods and out onto the marsh and along the footpath to the old disused windpump on Westwood marshes. I believe that it was built in 1798 and contained a pair of stones for milling, it remained active until 1940 when the marshes were flooded because of the war.

A day with blue sky and clouds warm with a good breeze and perfect for sketching. Today was the first oil painting sketch of the year as I felt that my acrylics would dry too fast.

Such a great place to stand in one place for such a long time full of visual and auditory pleasure in the distance the booming of a Bittern in the reedbeds and a Great white egret flying on the horizon. Best of all were the numerous Bearded Reedlings pinging to and from reed to reed, numerous male Reed Buntings on perches marking out their territories, Sedge Warblers and Reed Warblers hiding in the reeds while Swallows captured in the painting were flying around the Mill. Lastly a pair of Pied wagtails that frequented the top of the tower.

week 22