Sunday, 19 November 2017

Belfairs woods with Chalk Collective

A bitterly cold but gloriously bright Sunday sketching in Belfairs woods which should be renamed "dog paradise"!   I don't think I have ever seen so many dogs in one place!  Am a little nearer to getting the cold weather gear right. Thermal leggings,  down gillet plus coat, fingerless gloves which worked on the painting hand but next time will take "proper" gloves for my left hand. Even in the sun it was very cold.  Amazingly the paint dried quicker today than on other occasions... maybe it just froze!





Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Leigh on sea.

I met Paul after his class and we stayed in the Cooperative Fish Monger area sketching as the tide went out. The Brent Geese were all gathering as the water ebbed away. It is a pretty impressive sight but impossible to capture in a sketch.   A damp, grey day, a couple of hours sitting was more than enough. 






Friday, 3 November 2017

From the Kursaal to the Pier.

This morning was absolutely beautiful so met up with Paul at the Kursaal.
http://www.lovesouthend.co.uk/things-to-do/southend-kursaal
From there we crossed to the water fountains, and moved along sketching on the way finishing in front of the shore lifeboat station.   I stupidly didn't check to see if I had ink in my pen and really could have done with the pen.   Drawing the head of the pier was quite challenging so will go back with my pen to do a bit more work on that sketch.




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.