Last Friday the weather was lovely, and we needed to escape the media tsunami resulting from Thursday’s referendum, so we headed up to the Norfolk coast. Our destination was Hunstanton, or ‘Sunny Hunny’ as it’s locally known, where there’s a good sweeping sandy beach, with the added interest of amusement arcades and a funfair to sketch. However, when it came down to brass tacks we dithered about looking for a view – probably because there were so many choices. Time was ticking on, and in the end we plumped for sketching the Sailing Club building, not least because we could sit in the sun with our backs to the warm sea wall, the sound of the surf soothing our ears. The view had a boat, which my husband wanted to sketch, and a building, which was my main objective.

Sailing club watercolour

Perspective once again was a tricky one. I did some pencil guidelines, but when it came to sharpening everything up with fineliner (absolutely necessary this time) I realised I didn’t get it quite right. Too late though. I knew the boats would be tricky, and they were. And in case you’re wondering, that large heap on the far left is a big stack of kayaks. I was at the end of my concentration by the time I reached them!  The sun was quite high but still casting the front and side of the building in shade. Consequently the ground shadows are quite small – I would have enjoyed playing with more contrast. However, the bit I like best on this is the backlit patch of grass in front of the building. Right at the end I discovered I’d forgotten to reserve the white of the flag, and had to lift it out with a damp brush before adding a little colour. Doh!

It was a good way to spend the morning, not too much conversation, no room for thinking about the EU. ‘Sketching as meditation’ worked its magic.



23 thoughts on “Clubhouse

  1. Definitely a good way to combat the media frenzy. I want to paint and draw simultaneously every time I see or hear Donald Trump, so you can imagine how much art is going on here. Art is great therapy for news such as that! I hope there will be another referendum, or that it can be blocked, or that some kind of sanity comes from it. Beautiful painting, Rebecca.

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    • Thank you Laura – I think we’ve all got our fingers crossed for a happy ending of some kind or other. Haha, yes, Trump is quite something (to put it mildly)! Art therapy – I’m so glad it’s helping you too. 🙂

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  2. I really like this painting, I don’t see any perspective flaws and to me it looks and feels meditative or reflective. I must imagine the EU business must be all that you are hearing about, at least you chased it away with plein air painting.

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    • It is lovely indeed, and a fairly recent development for which I’m very grateful. We don’t always quite agree on what to sketch, but usually we can compromise successfully – fortunately! 🙂

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  3. This is a lovely painting! I identified the stack of kayaks immediately! Maybe to you the painting looks a bit off because you’ve been there but to me it looks superb! Lovely use of the black ink liner 🙂

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