It is a 45 minute walk along the beach from our house to the orange cliffs at Benacre with my husband and Pippa my dog AKA “the studio assistant”. Back today to the pill box that was a subject of my 2016 sketch a day and still with the massive tree trunk. A beautiful day with blue skies which makes the cliff this vibrant rust colour. Pippa tried a couple of times to knock over my water but only managed to fill it full of sand.
I visited yesterday and felt sure I had the view that I wanted to paint. I returned today and the different light that was so inspiring the day before presented a different scene today, it is strange how that happens. However at Benacre Broad there is always inspiration for me to find and the trees that have fallen from the eroded cliffs and lie on the beach still remained my interest although I had to re orientate to find the right light. It was a windy but sunny day and I had to use a bungy rope to anchor my easel to a piece of tree to prevent it being blown away.
A beautiful bridleway that runs from Benacre to Covehithe. At the Covehithe end is a fantastic Bluebell wood that is fenced to keep deer out and the Bluebells are stunning at the moment. The path continues and opens out farmland and the meadow that was full of sheep and the stunning 2 Oak trees that seem to bend into each other to form a single mass. The path finally joins the road by Wood Farm Barn.
Benacre cart path
This week has seen spring unfold with the Oak trees leaves starting to fill out the trees with that distinctive fresh colour. The edges of the cart path are tinged with the pale yellow green of the Alexanders and the hawthorn trees and Blackthorn now fully leaved whilst the fields either side are still brown and empty waiting for this years crops to break the surface..
Looking north up the beach from Covehithe towards Benacre with my gallery assistant Pippa (my dog), she certainly enjoyed the walk and loves the beach and sea. I love the ever changing cliffs here as they are constantly eroded away by the high tides. Walking along the cliff top the other week towards Benacre it was fascinating to see last years path right on the edge at points completely it disappeared off the edge to be seen rejoining some distance further along. Glad to say there is now a warmth to the Spring air which has made painting outside far easier.