On Friday evening Susan and I set off for a weekend break with two of our grandchildren at Breakwater Cottage in Seahouses. The weather was fantastic the whole time and I was able to snatch a couple of hours painting on location at Beadnell Harbour. What made the experience of painting “plein air” even more pleasurable was seeing a shoal of dolphins feeding remarkably close to the shoreline.
I had already primed a 14″ x 10″ watercolour block with a wash of cadmium lemon before arriving to the scene which saved me a good thirty minutes of drying time. This enabled me to crash on with the sky and sea as the sun was starting to set quite quickly. Once that had dried I could knock in the boats and the harbour wall just before the sun went down. I returned the following evening to add a few more extra details to the wall and boats. This study will prove to be an excellent source of inspiration for future paintings I may tackle of Beadnell Harbour.