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New painting of Ventnor

This was drawn on location the same day as my other new Ventnor work – Ventnor Haven. I’m really pleased with both and they work well as a pair too. I really enjoyed working at A2 size and was able to add a lot of detail with the dip pen too. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did painting it.

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Open Studio coming soon

For this years event I am back in the chalet for the first weekend only at

18 Shore Road,
Cowes, PO31 8LD.
T 07421 905382

Paintings + printed
goods for sale & demonstrations. Open
11am-6pm Friday 12th & 10am-6pm Sat/Sun
The corner of Shore Road between
Woodvale pub and Gurnard Sailing Club.
Disabled access with assistance over
low step.

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Sketching in the early morning sun

I had time to spend in Wootton today having dropped the car off for a service at 8am. I had a couple of hours to spare so decided a walk and sketch were in order. It was cold but sunny, so sunny the sun was like a torch beam with untouched pockets full of damp cold air and mist. I started with a pleasant stroll through agricultural land, marshes and forrest to come out at Wootton creek. After walking backwards and forwards for a while looking suspicious I found the perfect spot to sketch and here is the result, I thoroughly enjoyed the wobbly boat reflections. The row of posts looks like little sea creatures, each slightly different.

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Sun at Sandown

I had to deliver some new stock to Keats in Sandown and took the opportunity to go sketching. I had planned the view back in the summer and taken lots of reference photos on a busy summers day but when I got down to the beach the sun was facing the wrong way. To do the planned section would have meant squinting into a bright low sun with everything silhouetted the cliffs in the other direction were gleaming white and with the sparkling turquoise water I had to do a U turn. I met a couple of lovely people, a man who was very into painting atmospheric works with scant detail and a lady collecting flotsam and jetsam who took these photos for me.

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Sketching at Steephill Cove

Last day of the school holidays and I thought it would be perfect to spend an afternoon at Steephill Cove and have a much needed ice cream.

I took my massive watercolour pad with me so this is one which will take a while to complete but here are the preliminary sketches in the meantime. I have done a couple of crops so you can see the detail too, bit by bit I will draw in pen over the pencil taking care to retain the character and rub the pencil out (and remove any mistakes).

As usual I took a lot of reference photographs to work from which turned out to be a good thing as the tide was moving really quickly. I ended up with all my possessions balanced on surrounding rocks and waves splashing my paper – the sky wash will be fairly interesting!