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.
These two sheep can be found in the graveyard of All Saints and St Margaret, Pakefield Parish Church. Two rather plump well fed sheep with plenty of grass to feed on.
After visiting just over a month ago when the heather was just beginning to flower I started to plan this sketch and sure enough 4 weeks later the heather is now in full flower. A short walk southwards up one of the paths to the top of the hill for this wonderful panorama looking back towards the coastguard cottages owned by the National trust. The view was taken by sitting on the back of a bench which made working with the easel a little difficult.
Sotterley Straw Bales
Well into August now and many of the fields have been harvested and of those many still have bales ready to be collected. I remembered sketching these last year when I left it a little long and nearly missed them so I have got in there early this year. Always such beautiful colours especially in evening light although these are in the early afternoon.
With my delivery date looming fast for my forthcoming exhibition this weeks sketch is very close to home just up the road on Pakefield Beach. These groynes are up near to the Jolly Sailors with high tide just past they were reasonably well covered.