A selection of photos and sketches from a recent visit to Thornham marshes, on the north Norfolk coast, in glorious sunshine. At high tide the saltmarsh and creeks are inundated by seawater – it’s a place of dual characteristics which fascinates me.
I’m spending time studying this area with the intention of working up a body of paintings (another one!) for exhibition. The tide goes out fast here leaving shining mud banks reflecting the blue sky and is a feast for wading birds (the area is a mecca for bird-watchers).
Old silvered tree stumps and rows of dark posts in the mud – remains of staithes (jetties) – provide useful vertical contrast to the expanse of horizontal bands of colour and texture. The creek winds out to the pale strand and dunes in the distance, and indigo strip of sea.
Although it was sunny there was a very cold breeze, so as well as wrapping up well, I made use of the disposable hand warmers I got for christmas. These come in a multi-pack and as soon as you tear open the cello pack they start to warm up and provide very good heat for several hours (although they’re probably not very eco-friendly). They’re also small enough to fit in gloves (or even wellies for a quick warm up!) – highly recommended for outdoor sketching.