I have just returned from a lovely weeks holiday with family in Wells-Next-The-Sea, North Norfolk. This is a part of Britain’s coast we’ve never been to before. The main purpose for coming here for a holiday was so that Carolyn and I could attend a two day art workshop hosted by artist Debbie Lyddon in her Whelk Shed Studio. There will be more about the art workshop in a separate post.
Wells is a small town and quite old fashioned, which I love. Wells has a quay in the town with lots of boats. There are lovely seaside smells of sea salt and crabs as you walk along the quay. The quay divides into lots of different channels separated by the marshes. It’s a very interesting landscape.
Wells does have a “proper” beach about a 10 minute walk from the quay but to be honest, from an artist’s point of view, the quay is a lot more interesting. Carolyn and I had a walk along the quay a few days after the art workshop had finished. Here are some of the lovely textures and colours that can be found along the quay….
Soft neutral colours and lovely texture from the rope and textiles…
Lovely textures and patterns in the windows of an unused whelk shed…
ropes in varying shades of blue…
Oyster shells can be found along the pebbly shores of the quay…
There’s an abundance of rust to be found in Wells – a by product of the salty sea air…
The soft paler green in the above image Carolyn and I have named “Wells Green” – you see a lot of it here…
Notice the aubergine/purple tones in the rust – they’re just beautiful…
Wells-Next-The-Sea is texture heaven. Colour and texture is everywhere throughout the town. My next task will be to use these awesome colours and textures to inspire some abstract watercolour sketches and paintings…
The photo above I took on Friday (16th March). My mum and I had a lovely stroll along the seafront. The sun was shining, we had temperatures of 13 Celsius and beautiful blue skies. It was the most lovely spring day. Hardly anybody on the beach, it was so quiet and serene. The sand was completely untouched – not a foot print anywhere, it was a beautiful view. Finally spring is coming…..
Then this happened….
Today we woke up to temperatures of -2 Celsius and a blanket of snow! The temperatures plummeted yesterday morning and snow showers started but didn’t last long. Today however it has been snowing since 7 am this morning and very hard for the last two hours and not showing any signs of stopping…. ! I took the above photo in my garden about an hour ago. I purposely made sure the fence was in the photo for contrast so you could see the snow coming down. As I type this, it is a proper blizzard outside.
I haven’t ventured further than the back garden so far today but I will be visiting my lovely mum later. Then I may be able to get some photos of the snow across the fields. So it would seem “the beast from the east” (as our last snow storm was called 2 weeks ago) has made a comeback and spring is on back on hold. Crazy British weather…. !!
Now is a good time to stay warm inside and do some painting!
What happened to spring? What went wrong? I took all these photos this morning, Friday 2nd March! Our snow storm came from the East, from Siberia….
Some weeks ago I remember admiring blog friend Jodi’s snowy winter photos and wishing I could have some snow too. Well you know what they say “Be careful what you wish for, you may get it…. ” and we got it !!
We’ve got a whole 8 inches of it and where the snow has drifted in the wind it is 12 – 15 inches deep. That’s a lot of snow for my corner of the South West of England. The snow was forecast several days ago and has affected most of the UK over the last few days. Yesterday it was our turn….
The Met Office had an Amber weather warning issued for us several days ago and yesterday morning it was raised to Red. Yesterday, Thursday 1st March , at 3 pm it started snowing. And it snowed, and snowed and snowed some more. Plus it was windy and very quickly drifted.
Our normally busy town is quiet as the grave today as many people can’t get to work, businesses and shops are closed and road conditions are treacherous. Walking through town this morning I noticed the canal had frozen over. Temperatures are about -1 C.
In the above picture, this is snow and ice on the outside of my mum’s kitchen window! At some point in the early hours of this morning it stopped snowing and started raining. But was so cold that the rain froze instantly leaving ice on windows and a sheet of ice covering the snow.
Well I got what I wanted! I do love the snow, it’s so beautiful but it does need to treated with a whole lot of respect – so here’s hoping everyone affected in Britain stays warm, safe and doesn’t take any unnecessary risks…..
There is always a lovely selection of colours and textures at the beach and harbour….
Above are two sections lovely peeling paint from the same boat, beautifully weathered by the salty sea air. Also on the beach today was something slightly unusual for the UK coast…. Portuguese man o’ war…..
They are very beautiful but very toxic….
I was very careful not to touch them….
The colours are just lovely….
Portuguese man o’war are not commonly found in UK coastal waters, they prefer warmer waters….
I was interested to learn that Portuguese man o’ war are not a jellyfish they are a siphonophore, a colonial organism – a colony of organisms all working together….
I’m always amazed what you find washed up on the beach….
I made time for a little creative photography today….
I photographed some of my paint brushes on my desk in my little studio.
I used my 18 – 55 mm kit lens with my Canon EOS 7D. I processed the image in Photoshop. Very simply explained, I desaturated the image so that it was almost black and white but not quite. Then I added two layers of one of my own textures. Finally I sharpened the image and saved it. Done.
I love how the texture layers have given the brush handles a lovely marbled look….
These are the colours that are inspiring me today ~ turquoise, aqua, and cyan ~ colours on a sea worn boat in the harbour….
Above we have some bleached dark indigo denim (dark indigo denim doesn’t bleach white, it goes a dark cream colour that you see above) along with some cotton dyed with cerulean blue acrylic paint and some rusty stuff.
They’re colours that complement each other so well. Underneath the image I used Photoshop to “paint” colour samples with colours extracted from the image. In real painting terms the colours I see in the image are Indigo, Cerulean Blue, Buff Titanium and Burnt Sienna ~ a beautiful inspiring combination….
I may have a play with these colours later this evening….