Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Ferring ,West Sussex. Painting the beach and beach huts

Ferring beach in West Sussex
Today is the Summer Solstice and predicted to be the hottest day in June since 1976 ! Phew! I love the sunshine but not the heat!
It's far too hot to go exploring and too hot for painting . My acrylic paint start to dry on my brush before I can get it on the canvas ! Arrrrgh!  But I'm not one to be defeated so I've been getting up really early and painting before the temperature rises . In fact I think it's the first time I've ever painted at 5am.
My adventures this Summer have continued with a trip to Ferring beach in West Sussex.
 Here a colourful row of beach huts lead you up to the Bluebird cafe. I've wanted to paint these since last year but didn't get a chance to visit.  It was great to find a subject with lots of  Summer colour ....

                                              "Beach huts to the Bluebird"
                                     Acrylic on canvas 24" x 18"
Painting the Beach huts on Ferring beach 
 I left my sister at the cafe to enjoy her coffee while I went off to explore the beach. 
The colours were spectacular,  seaweed greens and browns contrasting with the blue glistening water. 
Ferring beach
 The tide was out which had left the beach covered in rock pools where flocks of seagulls noisily  swooped and dived to catch the tasty sea life that was now exposed....
                                          "Seashore and Seagulls"
                             Acrylic on canvas   24" x 12" x 1.5"
"Seashore and Seagulls"  Acrylic painting

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Paintings of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve
The weather's been so wonderful that I ventured out to make the most of the glorious sunshine !
This time my quest was to explore the nature reserve at Rye harbour.
A long concrete track led me down past the old red and black hut that stands alone at the mouth of Rye harbour .

The tide was out and I was greeted by a vast expanse of sand, shingle and sea . Old weathered groynes stood like sculptures along the shore and birds scoured the shallow lagoons for a tasty morsel or two.
Low tide at Rye Harbour nature reserve
My intention was to walk out to the sea but it was so very far away that I thought it would take me forever!
Instead I sat and admired the view. It was a very hot day and the sunshine made the wet beach glisten and shine as if it was adorned with jewels ....fabulous!
 The next day I was eager to get painting !
                                         "Forever to the sea"
                              Acrylic on canvas 24"x 12"
"Forever to the sea" Painting the beach at Rye Harbour
                                                  "Old Harbour Hut"
                                    Acrylic on canvas 12" x 10"
"Old Harbour Hut" Acrylic painting

Sunday, 28 May 2017

"Pier and Proms" Painting Eastbourne seafront

Eastbourne pier
Summer's almost here! Hurrah! Time to get back to exploring and painting our wonderful Sussex seaside views!
My first sunshine visit was to Eastbourne. We headed down in "Alice", my husband's TVR to take part in the Magnificent Motors Show...
The weather was amazing and gave me the perfect opportunity to have a look along the seafront and pier.
 Last year my trip here wasn't very productive as  repairs were still underway after the awful fire that destroyed part of the pier.
 There are still signs of the destruction but it's looking rather grand!
Fire damage

Eastbourne pier
 I spotted a row of deck chairs. Standing at different heights that seemed to mimic the waves of the sea. The view beyond overlooks the Promenade and Bandstand where concert music fills the air.
A perfect seaside composition!
                                                   "Pier and Proms" 
                                   Acrylic on canvas 18" x  24"
Painting the deck chairs on Eastbourne pier

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Painting of the river Ouse, Sussex

The river Ouse in Sussex
Returning from my bluebell walk the other day I followed the path back along the edge of the river Ouse.
There has been hardly any rain for several weeks and the water level was so much lower than usual causing sunlit ripples around the rocks and plants.

        "Rippled reflections around rocks flow.
                When the rain didn't come
                               and the river ran low.
         Sun scorched lilies strive to grow.
               When the rain didn't come
                               and the river ran low "

                            "When the river ran low" 
                                            Acrylic on canvas 24"x 18"
"When the river ran low" Acrylic painting of the river Ouse
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