30 in 30 day 2

I have decided to have a go at 30 in 30 for September with http://www.saetastudio.com/30-in-30-blog.

When I was painting every day I saw real progress… so to get back into the habit can only be good (for me).


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It was blowing a hooley!

My friend was flying over from Germany to visit his children so I agreed to drive down to Lewes, where he was stating with one of his sons, to spend the day with him. I got there first – ironic isn’t it when I was driving 120 miles and he had a 3 minute walk?! I had taken my sketch book and was just doing a little sketch of the bridge opposite when he turned up.  We walked through Lewes – which he knew well as he had lived there for 30 years before moving to Germany, and then we drove to Firle Beacon and walked to the top. I live in flat(ish) Essex so it was wonderful to walk up a hill (about 700ft) and view the surrounding countryside. The weather whilst dry wasn’t clear and we could just see the sea. It would have been fabulous to paint there and then, but as the wind was threatening to blow us off the hill it wasn’t possible. I took a photo and have since made this sketch. (scanned in two halves and stitched together)

From Firle Beacon

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Across the water

From a photo.

I do want to be able to work from photos without getting bogged down in the detail. And lots of details missed of this one!!

A new scanner programme which  turned everything dull and with a yellow tint (something to do with the watercolour paper) so this is a photo from my phone!


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Quick sketch on location

I did this quick sketch of the friend’s house I stayed at in south Spain. The sketch was done on location and the watercolour added later when I came home.

I tried to do a painting of the house from a photo but it just didn’t work – very flat…


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Asleep on the beach…

I need to get back into painting having taken a break…if you don’t use it you lose it!



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Alone in the coffee shop…

When I dropped in for a coffee (and a very late lunch) after visiting my accountant in the local town I was the sole person in there. The two girls running the bakery shop and tea/coffee bar were busy to-ing and fro-ing, tidying and sorting. No-one to draw but the shelves and the last of the bread and rolls…westons-bakery

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Darning underpants…

I had a friend who was some 50 years older than me. When I first knew her she was in her 80s and was a mosaicist – still working. She was a real character – and probably always had been! One of her stories was of darning the curate’s underpants…When she was much younger she had ‘fallen in love’ with the local curate – who was married. His wife, sensing that Henrietta was smitten, decided to put her off. She invited Henrietta round to sit with her in the curate’s house, have tea and perhaps give her a hand… And then gave her a pair of his underpants to darn! It certainly put Henrietta off him – and probably darning for life!

I was going through an old portfolio of bits of work and copies of works I like when I came across this drawing by Henrietta. It was done when she lived in London – so probably the 60s (and she would have been in her 60s). I love this drawing – particularly as I knew the artist, but also because it is full of life and you can hear the hubub and the clinking of the glasses, and smell the beer!


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