Another watercolour sketch from Hengistbury Head yesterday. This rock groyne gave me shelter from the cold wind as well as being a good subject for a pen and wash painting.
This morning I went to Hengistbury Head to paint with the art group. The wind was cold but I found a sheltered spot to paint a quick watercolour. The light was perfect and there were lots of people out walking, I wished I could have taken the dogs but they won’t settle while I paint and they couldn’t resist going in the sea so I would have had two wet labradors to contend with.
Studland beach has to be one of the loveliest spots on Dorset’s Jurassic coast, when it’s not too crowded anyway. This view of Studland bay to Handfast Point and Old Harry rocks has been painted thousands of times and by much better artists than me ( and possibly some not as good!). However it is a difficult view to resist so I have probably painted it a few times myself.
It was a lovely morning on Studland beach, not crowded, the light was beautiful and the weather not too cold to sit and paint. I did paint the view across the bay toOld Harry rocks but First I was distracted by this couple with the Labrador enjoying a picnic In front of the Water Sports hut which hasn’t yet opened for the season.
Another picture of my favourite tree, this time drawn in pastel while the late afternoon sun lit the trunk. I may have unintentionally turned it into a willow!
On Friday we had the concrete slab laid for my new studio. Two men worked very hard with a wheelbarrow and cement mixer to create a 5 x 4 metre base in the garden. The studio is coming in a couple of weeks and I am looking forward to having somewhere to paint and play music, my wife is looking forward to having a spare bedroom!
We have an exhibition in May where the theme is trees. This silver birch is in our garden so I can paint it at different times of the day, this was early afternoon but I noticed that the light is better early evening so I will have another go soon.
Painting en plein air today with Poole and East Dorset art society. Unfortunately there was a really cold wind blowing along the river so I couldn’t sit there and finish the painting. I did some more at home in an attempt to complete it.
My friend and fellow artist Gill bought me a pot of Daniel Smith watercolour primer. This can be painted on to lots of different substrates to allow you to use them for watercolours. I wasn’t convinced it would work although Daniel Smith is a well respected name, however I painted this on a small wooden panel after just one coat of primer. It would probably be better with a couple of coats but I am impressed with the result. The painting is mostly Windsor and Newton artist colours.
Out sketching with the Poole art group today. It was a beautiful day and we were overlooking Poole Harbour so there was plenty to paint. I decided to include one of the other artists painting in the sunshine.