Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Seven Sisters in Sussex

What a beautiful place to be. Catherine and I had wanted to visit this place of outstanding natural beauty for a long time, so when we were travelling down in the camper to the Marwell show, we decided to make a small detour. After seeing all our friends at the excellent Marwell wildlife show,( during which Catherine sold a tiger cub painting, which was great news), we stayed in the area overnight and then headed along the coast to Seaford Head in Sussex. The Seven Sisters is one of the most photographed sites in the world, and when  we first viewed the cliffs we understood why.

Even though the light was flat and the wind was doing its utmost to throw us off the cliffs, the view in all directions was astonishing. We braved the howling weather and set up our paints and began to work. It was not very comfortable, but at least we found a seat to work from which gave us an ideal vantage point.

The  session was not without its fun as the wind took Catherines watercolour off on a journey that was only intercepted by her camera tripod!

We ended the day happy and enjoyed a candlelit dinner in the van as we watched the sun go down on the beautiful cliffs.

The next morning we trekked down at first light and managed to gain some fantastic photo reference of the cliffs at sea level before the heavens opened up, at which point we began the drive home.

It was a great experience, and I am waiting for a chance to paint a studio image from the plein air painting and sketches made on the day.
Best wishes Paul

1 comment:

  1. aah 'have camper will travel' thats the life! took one around the west coast of scotland a couple of years back and had a great time,sketchbook and camera at the ready!.
    very entertaining read and very impressed with how quickly you're able to capture your impressions of these locations on canvas,despite the inclement weather


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