It’s nearing the end of the Easter break, and what with the ongoing Covid closures of interesting places, I’ve had time at home to sit and play.
I was a bit lost for inspiration, so thought I’d get the watercolours out and splash some paint around. I usually find this entertaining, and can always find something to do with the results. This time, rather underwhelmed by the outcome, chopping the image up and reassembling it seemed like a good idea. Here’s the outcome, before and after.
You would not believe how long it took to arrange the squares in an order I found pleasing!
I like how each little square seems to contain a complete landscape, skyscape or seascape in itself.
A few weeks ago we had a family trip to Felixstowe. The weather was great, and we were fortunate enough to still be there as the ‘golden hour’ got under way. The setting sun cast a wonderful glow over the struts of the pier, while the sky was a peachy and lavender symphony. I snapped a couple of photos before the moment passed, and have tried to capture the feeling in this little watercolour sketch.
I’d have been happier if the water shades had been less muddy: the reality was much deeper and prettier, with pale blue highlights. The pillars also suffered. I do like the sky though, and the light on the buildings on the pier.
Because the watercolour sketch didn’t live up to my expectations, I tried again today, this time in acrylics which I thought might offer me the depth of colours in the pier pillars.
This time I struggled once again with the sea shades – they should have been rather moodier, where as this looks a bit Caribbean! I think I just need to be more observant of the colours and get to know the paints better. However, I did capture something of the orangey sunlight on the pier struts and building edges, which I’m pleased about.
It’s really strange seeing these two pictures next to each other. I’m sure that some of what I learned in the process of trying the watercolour has rubbed off on the acrylic. Oh, I guess that’s why the pros do sketches before they start a ‘real’ painting!
I feel very lucky to live within an hour’s reach of the sea. Sometimes during the summer, on a Friday, we’ll pile in the car with a picnic and have our dinner on the beach. My husband and son may swim if the sea is not too cold (it’s never actually warm); I prefer to sketch.
This little watercolour from last summer shows the lower reddish limestone of the cliff, which is topped by a layer of white chalk – it’s a distinctive feature which has made Old Hunstanton well known with geologists, who have found significant fossils in and around the area. The cliff regularly tumbles away, revealing fresh finds. The lighthouse is no longer working, and is now incorporated into a coastguard station.
As you can possibly see, it wasn’t such a warm evening for sketching, and the boys only took a very quick dip!