painting blog 2012

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sketching at Oulton Broad, Suffolk

I joined fellow members of the 'East Anglian Group of Marine Artists' on a rather chilly day in December to paint at the boatyards in Oulton Broad, near Lowestoft in Suffolk.  We managed to find some shelter and warmth inside a vast polytunnel that housed the wooden hull of a heritage sailing vessel that was in the process of being restored. 

My oil sketch (above) shows Richard Dack and Paul Darley busily painting away.  They help to demonstrate the vast scale of the vessel.


sketching in the Bure Valley

One of my favourite spots - the upper Bure Valley, especially where it runs between Aylsham and  Itteringham.  The Valley has some beautiful viewpoints and footpaths which provide ample subject matter for a late summer sketch.

MAY 2012

Painting trip to Sennen, Cornwall

  I have just returned from a very enjoyable and productive week's plein air painting in Sennen, Cornwall.  I shared a large Victorian House on the clifftop above Sennen Cove with a group of painter friends.  This view of the Cove was just a few hundred yards walk from our base. It was the colour of the sand and sea that attracted me and the wonderful morning sky.

APRIL 2012

Painting weekend at Iken Barns, Suffolk


In late April, I joined fellow members of 'The East Anglian Group of Marine Artists' (EAGMA) for a very enjoyable painting weekend at Iken in Suffolk.  We stayed at a beautiful barn complex above the River Alde, which proved to be an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding area. This is a view I painted of 'Iken Cliffs, Suffolk"

MARCH 2012

'St. Benet's Level Mill and ploughed fields'

The first of the Spring weather.  Climbing up the shallow gradient from the River Thurne to the church, this view is visible from the footpath that tracks across the field.  The plough had just begun to turn the earth over in the field and the furrows were catching the sunlight.


'Late winter sunshine, Horsey'

Although this looks like a fine sunny day, there was a strong, cool breeze blowing
 and the clouds were scurrying across the horizon.  In order to paint,  I had to position myself behind my car door to prevent both board and easel vibrating, but the colour out there was wonderful!


'Thawing snow, Happisburgh'

This view towards Happisburgh church was painted late afternoon.  The glow from the sun was reflecting from the wall of the church tower and the meltwater on the road was just beginning to ice over as the temperature dropped away.

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