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.
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.