January 12th, a cold but very bright day. I escaped from my rather cramped studio, which was being bombarded by noisy builders two doors down, up to the wide open spaces of the Norfolk coast in my mud splattered little Clio…
…welcome to my current favourite spot for sketching – the wide saltmarshes and creeks lying between Thornham and Holme-next-the-sea.
The easterly wind is bitter and watercolour takes forever drying, so I walk along the raised bank of the sea defences, passing the odd dog walker and bird watcher, flapping my open sketchbook in the sunshine.
Next to the romantically named Hun Outfall Sluice (it’s a manmade kind of small canal, draining the surrounding farmland and marsh), with fish leaping for flies in the sun spangled water, I found a hidden spot down near the reedbeds, out of the bitter east wind and off the main path.
…here the sun is bright and low (and warm for January) creating interesting light effects through the reeds and a great spot for sketching.
I will be returning soon. Meanwhile, the mixed-media paintings at the start and end of this post show how the day inspired me back in the studio.