Jersey was such an inspiring place to visit and St Brelade’s bay where we stayed had a painting waiting in every direction. This is the opposite end of the bay to the church, the tide goes out a long way when the range is 8 metres!
Another painting from our trip to Jersey last week. This is St Brelade’s church in the corner of the bay. I painted it at 7.30 just as the sun came up, trying to capture the reflection of the sun in the church windows.The churchyard has some interesting graves including of an an 89 year old who died in 1872 and served in the Peninsular wars and at the battle of Waterloo.
Today’s model at Broadstone Art is Monica, I am sure someone called her Monet for short! She was a good sitter and kept a very consistent pose, not bad for a lady in her eighties!
An outing with Bournemouth and Poole urban sketchers this morning before the rain set in. Bournemouth Square was busy with families walking through the gardens and stopping for coffee or candy floss. Some were letting the kids ride on the carousel. The backdrop to this I’d the old Debenhams department store now re opened as Bobby’s. I hope they do well in this lovely old building.
We have just spent five days in Jersey staying in a hotel overlooking the beautiful Brelades Bay. I managed a few paintings, mostly by getting up early and painting before breakfast. This is the view from our hotel room.
Another life drawing class at the art society, today’s model is Lilly, she is a very experienced model and does some difficult poses. The charcoal sketches are five minute poses, the painting was thirty minutes which just about gave me time to add some colour.
We had a portrait session at our art group last night. Gordon modelled for us, looking like a cross between Buster Merryfield and Gandalf he was an interesting subject to paint.
Sometimes it’s good to just play with watercolour to see what it might do. I taped off some squares and used some wet in wet techniques which are slightly unpredictable!
Park run Poole is fast becoming one of my favourite places to sketch and paint. The atmosphere is brilliant and the volunteers and runners very welcoming and friendly. I believe there were around 600 runners this morning so I couldn’t possibly fit them all into this one picture. This painting is going to be framed and entered into the Poole and East Dorset Art Society exhibition at the Gallery Upstairs Upton Country Park. The exhibition called “Art in to View” runs from 15 October to 1 November and will feature pictures from many local artists.
We had our first life drawing session for about 18. Months last night at the art society and it was good to be back. The session was tutored by Trish Jubb who brought Helen along to model for us. Helen was really good and I found I enjoyed drawing a larger model with plenty of curves to make her interesting. These two sketches were done in the second half of the evening and took around 15 minutes each.