Sunday, 15 October 2017

Sunday morning in Thorpe Bay

Walked along to Thorpe Bay fairly early this morning to make the most of what has proved to be a glorious day. 

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Barge Match

I think this is the 53rd or 4th Barge Match to take place off the end of Southend pier.  I went down early with Paul and his son so we were able to do some sketches before the boats started hauling up their sails and moving into the starting place.  It was a wonderful opportunity to see these incredible boats.  A suspect package under the land end of the pier meant that we had to cut short our visit but fortunately it was nothing.  So our last few sketches were of people waiting to be able to leave whilst the authorities investigated.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Southend Pier

Southend Pier.  The longest pleasure pier in the world at 1.3 miles.   Paul took his students to the pier sketching so I decided to join them.   The weather was perfect, not too sunny, slight breeze.  Almost too many sketching options.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Leigh on sea, Cliffs Pavilion

During the nice weather got a little water colour sketch done in Leigh and then the Chalk Collective organised a sketch night at the Cliffs Pavilion.  Great chance before the performance started to sketch people but during the interval not many people came to the bar.  It is also getting dark earlier so drawing the view from the windows  had to be quick.  The sketches are a little difficult to see as I used a fountain pen with a fine nib.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Leigh on sea

Another glorious day,so spent the afternoon sketching in Leigh.  Leigh hill, a really pretty house with lots of hanging baskets and then from the gardens behind the library looking out across to Canvey and onto Kent at low tide.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

A glorious weekend in Suffolk.

Spent a wonderful time with a school friend in the best of weathers sketching in Beccles, Southwold, Thorpeness and in Kessingland where I was invited to stay.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Leigh Art Trail

It is the Leigh art trail this week.  Exhibits in shops, cafes, workshops so Paul organised a sketch walk starting in the library gardens, then in the churchyard and on down into the old town.    A group of about 10 started out on what was a gloriously sunny afternoon.  We ended in the Crooked Billet pub courtyard.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Priory Park and my brothers garden.

Very windy today but there are lovely walled gardens attached to the Priory in Priory Park, Prittlewell so Paul and I went there to sketch today.  The gardens are lovely, this is the smallest one,with roses, lavender and herbs.

 Simons deck on a very hot day,

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Wednesday 31.5.17

Paul teaches in Leigh on a Wednesday so we tend to meet up once he has finished his class.  It was hot and sunny today with little shade.   From Leigh we went to Gunners Park, an old army garrison in Shoebury.  Had to stand for one of the sketches which was pretty uncomfortable, so the paint ran!

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Wednesday 17.5.17

Met Paul after his art class in Leigh on sea and did the sketch of the fishing boats and then we drove on to Shoeburyness to sketch the Poppy Wave.   The flies were awful for some reason, the guides working at the installation suggested it was because a storm was brewing.   Fortunately got home before the rain.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

The temperature has dropped!

Paul Alcock organised a sketching evening with the Chalk Collective but only the two of us turned up.  It was far too cold to sit for long in Prittlewell Square so we went on to the Railway Pub.  By that time I was too cold to care and my sketches are far from my best!!!