So this is the concluding sketch to this years challenge and as I suggested in last weeks post I was accompanied by Paul and Michaela of FeriniMedia who filmed the whole process of the last sketch. Once the film is finished I will post a link to it.
How lucky it was today that it did not rain like it did yesterday or it was not freezing cold like most of the preceding week and with the filming we were blessed with a mild day with some winter sunshine albeit ever changing.
I had this view in mind for the last sketch for a few week now looking across from Blythburgh to Bulcamp house on the Southwold side of course I had no idea then that the tide would be out but the resultant expanse of mud was perfect and full of Avocets, Dunlin, Redshanks and Shelduck.
Interestingly it was only as I thought I was finished I noticed the moon which is nearing being full which must have been behind the clouds, so I felt I had to add it.
Now I just need to frame the pictures for the exhibition at Ferini Gallery starting 19th January.
Hen Reedbeds, Wolsey Creek
So this is this years penultimate sketch and this challenge is drawing to it’s conclusion. I have been meaning to post about the forthcoming exhibition which will be at the Ferini Gallery in Pakefield where all 52 sketches will be exhibited and for sale. The exhibition runs from the 19th January 2018 with a private view in the evening between 7 and 9pm, please do come it would great to see you all.
So this sketch is on the way from Blythburgh to Southwold looking down Wolsey creek on a mild but breezy winters day and I had to include the swans that flew towards me. This is quite a stark landscape the reminder that Autumn is long past and spring is yet too far in the distance.
Next week with The Ferini Gallery we are going to attempt to video the sketch.
Suffolk Show, Curlews
Third of my paintings that i am exhibiting at this years Suffolk Show. The Suffolk Show is on Wednesday 31st and Thursday 1st, I will be at the show on the Thursday where I will be doing a painting demonstration in the Art tent so please do come and see me if you are there.
Third of my new paintings is of Curlews on the Blythburgh estuary. One of my favorite birds who’s call is so haunting.
Just off the A1095 between Blythburgh and Southwold lies Wolsey Creek. The River Wang flows into Wolsey Creek and joins the River Blyth with views towards Southwold and Walberswick. To the left of the path is Suffolk Wildlife Trust reserve Hen Reedbeds.
Thursday afternoon was bright and crisp with some interesting afternoon shadows. I was fortunate to find the tide out and the muddy edges were exposed giving a far more interesting view to paint.
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.