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Scilly – June 2017

Although the trip to the Isles of Scilly started in heat of 30°, the forecasts for our week on St Mary’s were consistently for cooler overcast weather. The heat wave disappeared into the distance along with Penzance. Luckily for us the weather forecast does not seem to be able to cope with the variability in the Atlantic and everyday (except one) we had periods of sunshine breaking through the cloud. The changeability made it a bit difficult to commit to watercolour outside – there was drizzle mixed in – but I managed to do a lot of sketching. The 23rd was a great (unexpectedly dry) day and I was able to paint in the morning and afternoon, splitting the session with the customary pint and pasty at The Turks Head which is one of my favourite pubs.

Sand Bar – St Agnes;

14×10 Watercolour with Ink

St Agnes is separated from the island of Gugh by a sand bar the is covered at high tide. This was painted from Gugh looking back to the sandbar and landing in Porth Conger. The morning was one of changing light so I worked up the scene and allowed the paint to dry before adding the cloud shadows with a wash of Purple Lake and Ultramarine.

Sand Bar - St Agnes

 

Horse Point – St Agnes;

14×10 Watercolour with Ink

This is the view from the garden of the Coastguards Café. This café shares the same premises with High Tide restaurant which operates in the evenings. If you go to Scilly I heartily recommend eating at the High Tide Restaurant for a treat. We always book in for a meal on out last night. This year the squid and John Dory were fabulous. This view is looking south, it was done in strong sunlight, a little early in the afternoon so I concentrated on the aerial perspective and lengthened the shadows a bit anticipating the clock by a couple of hours.

Horse Point - St Agnes

 

Here are extracts from my notebook.

NE1 People

I have quite taken to watercolour pencils as a way of adding colour to my notebook. This takes a bit more time than black and white sketching and using these pencils alongside ink and pencil has had the unintended consequence of taking over from the 7×5 pen and wash studies that I used to do.

NE2 Boats

NE3 Misc Views

July and August – a mixed bag

July and August have been challenging because there has been so much rain (I know we don’t remember the weather accurately but that’s how it seems to me). Its also been time constrained because of our Ruby Wedding celebrations, which we squeezed as much as possible out off.

Anyway I have managed to do some work.

The first picture here is an A3 studio Acrylic based on sketches from out trip Scilly in May. The watercolour I did at the time was a challenge because of the strong wind (see May blog) so it was a pleasure to take some time over this piece without having my brushes blow on the easel. Its interesting that there are so few clues in the picture to how blowy it was – there are some white horses but they are very far away and the grasses are very spiky.

Such a natural composition - looking west to Tean and St Martins

Old Grimsby, Tresco. Such a natural composition – this is looking west to Tean and St Martins. The Echium flowers were spectacular.

 

Now for the various plein air sketches and watercolours I have managed to gather together over the last couple of months on hiking expeditions and outings.

The first is in Wharfedale – its the second time I have painted this; the first time I was rained off. The walk from Buckden to Yokenthwaite and then back across the valley top to Cray and then across the flank of Buckden Pike to return via the Lead Mine is set to become a favourite (though its quite long).

Warfdale from Todds Wood - wm

This is looking south from the limestone escarpment above but not quite at Todds wood. The farm in the view is Grange Farm.

The second is a quick pen & wash done in the Howardian Hills near Slingsby.

Near Sligsby wm

Near Sligsby wmThe view north from Slingsby Banks Wood in the Howardian Hills

The following pictures are captured from the notebooks I carry on hiking expeditions I continue to work on the watercolur style to get that elusive loose/tight balance.

7x5 Watercolours - July-August 2015 wm

Notebook 1 July-August 2015

Notebook 2 July-August 2015

 

Scilly

We fared well in Scilly, the weather was consistently better than the forecasts, most days we’d lose the clouds (enough of them anyway) to have really great sunny afternoons. The wind was strong though, and on one day none of the boats were running to the off islands.

Watercolour sketches

Here are the 10×14 watercolour sketches.

On St Agnes a visit to the Turks Head is mandatory (for pasty). Its then a short walk along the coast into The Cove.

Its a short walk from the Turks Head to the Cove, this is looking back towards St Marys (on the skyline) and the sandbar to Gugh - almost covered by the incoming tide.

This is looking back towards St Mary’s (on the skyline) and The Bar to Gugh (almost covered by the incoming tide).

The Seven Stones pub above Lower Town on St Martins reopened last year – so after landing its a short walk for refreshments. This is the best view from a pub terrace – possibly anywhere – but definitely on Scilly.

This year I just bought a drink and set up on the terrace. Best view from a pub terrace - possibly anywhere but definitely on Scilly.

This year I just bought a drink and set up on the terrace.

A visit to Tresco resulted in a drenching because of the high winds, so I was looking for a sheltered spot for sketching – that meant the east coast but it was still hard to find good spot. I thought this was it…I had to put a rock in the rucksack, which was then dangled from the centre of the easel tripod. Even so still had brushes and pencils being blown off the easel tray and tracking them down in the grass and brambles was a bit of a challenge.

Despite its idyllic look the wind was force 4 when I did this so it was a bit of a struggle from start to finish.

Classic postcard view of the quay at Old Grimsby. Despite its idyllic look the wind was finding the spot (force 4) so it was a bit of a struggle from start to finish.

 

Pen and Wash

Here are the pen and wash 7×5 sketches made when hiking round the islands

This was a sheltered spot - its looking south - on the skyline St Mary's and St Agnes merge into one.

Lizard Point Tresco. This was a sheltered spot – its looking south – on the skyline St Mary’s and St Agnes merge into one.

 

Palistry Bay on the west coast of St Marys. This was the day the boats were cancelled but this was in the lee of the island.

Palistry Bay on the west coast of St Marys. This was the day the boats were cancelled but this was in the lee of the island.

 

From the Notebook

And finally the notebook extracts.

Sketchbook 1 Scilly

Sketchbook 2 Scilly