Day 4 - Monday
After having been blessed with sunshine the day before, we had to face a proper wet, damp day. It was the plan to go to Lyme Regis so we went, regardless of the nasty wind and pouring rain! As we got out of the car after a rather long journey, we made a pact: nobody is allowed to complain about the rain! Just get over it! :-)
Here is the little painting I did of the harbour:
|Lyme Regis harbour on a wet day 10"x8" oil on board|
It was painted from the only covered area we could find! That's me and David Bachmann trying to avoid the rain dropping on our painting! We looked ridiculous and we knew it! Still, I was quite pleased I had my fashionable waterproof poncho with me that protected my legs from the rain...
Since I was "stuck" on my bench, I had to paint what was in front of me, and decided to do a close-up of the boats and the distant hills.
David Pilgrim (below), who first insisted that the rain had stopped - and really, no need to set up in the covered area - could be heard minutes later cursing about the water covering his entire canvas and the paint not sticking anymore... I had to stop him a couple of times from throwing his board in the water!
|David is not amused|
Below, Tim is earning the appellation "plein air painter" by braving the wind and showers. The rare passers-by looked at us with much amusement and really thought we lost our mind!
|When there is a will, there is a way!|
|The painting towards the end|
After this one we headed back to the accommodation; we decided to take it easy in the afternoon and recovered with a good cup of tea, a comforting fire and watched the latest Ken Howard painting DVD. (what a nice bunch of geeks we make right?)
Everyday we would leave our paintings to dry in the conservatory, and by that time we started to build an impressive collection!
On that evening, Tim (below) decided to "tweak" his Lyme Regis painting. I say "tweak" because he usually tends to change it completely!
|Tim painting and David sketching|
This scene of the "Artist at work" was a rather tempting subject so I decided to do a very quick oil sketch of him:
|Tim painting in the conservatory 10"x8" oil on board|
This was done in approximately 30 minutes. I didn't have more time because the daylight was disappearing and also because Tim decided to put an end to his fight with the painting.
While Tim and I were painting, David P. did a little sketch of both of us which I absolutely love!
|Sketches from David Pilgrim sketchbook (portrait of Valérie and Tim)|
Day 5 - Tuesday
Last day of the trip. Before heading back home we decided to make a last stop at Old Harry and were greeted by a beautiful sunshine. This is the first painting I did:
|Old Harry Rocks, Handfast Point, Dorset, morning oil on board 12"x9"|
The water is amazing to paint, you just can't get bored of it:
|That's me, properly wrapped up to cope with the wind!|
|My painting towards the end|
Tim, David B. and David P. produced fantastic work on that day - it seems everybody was inspired!
|Tim King and David Bachmann|
We all managed to squeeze a second quick painting before we had to leave. As usual, it happens to be my favourite painting of the trip, as if you finally start to warm up when you have to go, typical!
|Old Harry Rocks, Handfast Point, Dorset, at noon 10"x8" oil on board|
That's me below enjoying the last few moments of bliss before going back home. It was very windy so I secured my tripod by hanging my bag on it:
Back home, I framed this last painting with a spare frame and I have it now above the fireplace as a reminder of this lovely trip.
I invite you to have a look at my fellow painter's blogs and websites to see the beautiful work they've produced during this trip: