Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Paintings from Camber and Rye, Easter Sunday

It has been a good while since I have been able to go out for a whole days painting, so with many jobs done at home and others shelved for the time being I went to Camber Sands and Rye for the day on Easter Sunday...What a fool eh! I got one of the last parking spaces in Camber, and £11.00 later was allowed to stay, all by 10.00am. With gear in hand, shorts ( big mistake) and a hat, a better idea, I set off. When I reached the sand it was almost standing room only. Thousands in fact, half of the UK had decided to come to Camber on Easter Sunday, though it was hot and so who could blame them. Anyway I set up and carried on with many strange and quizzical glances at my activity of painting, when indeed they had ice creams, beef burgers, windbreaks and assorted children and blow up beach toys with them. I suppose it must have seemed a little strange to the majority to see an artist at work.

Easter Sunday on Camber Sands
Oil on panel 4" x 12"
Plein Air
This picture does not begin to show the great numbers of people there, I did not have all day to paint them!
Easter Sunday on Camber Sand II

Oil on panel 9" x 12"
Plein Air
A little further out on the sand away from some of the hordes, looking towards Dungeness

The Crowds on Camber Sands
Oil on Panel 9" x 12"
Plein Air
Here I tried to express the vast numbers of day trippers that formed less than half of those there that day. Also a mild sea mist had descended cooling the colour values a little.

Incoming Tide at Camber
 Oil on panel 6" x 8"
Plein Air
Here I used my Palm box at the edge of the incoming tide, with soggy shoes I chose to study the waves as the oncoming tide pushed me back. 20 mins study. People did ask questions by now about my sanity.

Late Afternoon, Rye at Easter
Oil on panel 9" x 12"
Plein Air

I was by this time tired of the crowds, the heat and after suffering burns to my arms hands and ankles, I decided to leave the beach. I headed toward Rye for my last painting and this was the result.

I hope you enjoy this panel of work, they will be listed for sale on my other site 

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