One of the most pleasing sights around our coastal paths are the sea pinks that grow all around the rocks in nooks and crannies providing a carpet of the most gorgeous pink flowers. I use cadmium red and cobalt violet with titanium white to create their unique colour.
Walking round the Lizard, Cornwall from west to east brings you to the very small harbour of Mullion. When we were there the sea was rough and waves were occasionally crashing over the outer wall. Unfortunately the only other couple that was there at this time seemed unaware of the danger and before we could warn them a wave crashed against the outer wall, reared up and fell down onto the woman knocking her to the floor and pushing her towards the inner harbour. Needless to say we helped them off the outer wall to safety.
Later on this small fisherman’s hut took my attention and I had to paint it. What an amazing place.
This year I am exhibiting at the Ringwood Art Society exhibition in the Greyfriars centre Ringwood,Hants between 11th and 29th August.
I hope to see you there, the entrance is free.
Just to the south of Ringwood lies Milford on Sea which is a great place to walk and admire the distant views of the Isle of Wight which is at its closest hereabouts. The cliffs are fragile but the local beach hut owners know how to enjoy their beach which is delightfully uncommercialised.
The sun shone and the wind was light – a typical low tide day at St Ives harbour beach.
The light gives a greenish tinge to the shallow water and everyone seemed to be relaxed.
I had to paint this calm scene, as a departure from my normal like of pounding waves and dramatic coasts.
I have painted various views of these huts but enjoy playing around with the sky particularly and the effect on the different colours of the huts.
It was a lovely day without too much wind so I decided to cycle down to the bridge at Ibsley over the river Avon and try some watercolour painting en plein air.
I sat next to the river which flowed deep and clear with long waving water weeds and the swans cruising around.
I have often admired this bridge built with dressed Purbeck Stone in the late 1700s, upgraded in the 1930s and is grade II listed.