Posts Tagged ‘beach’

Beachcombings or three stones, two shells and a predator.

June 24, 2015 Leave a comment


Watercolour approx. 15cm x 15cm or 6″ x 6″


This is my first post painted this year …dreadful, I have done very little if you don’t count assisting with laying a patio and having shingles. There are other things but I will not dwell on them.

I have always picked things up on the beach and have done a couple of paintings in the past from the items found. I will run a little series here of beach related stuff to get the feeling of long hot summer days going. Later in the year I am going sailing again and may even manage some pictures from there. Meanwhile the garden is fabulous (not neat, not tidy, not weed free, just a lovely place to be.

This year I have grown some dwarf roses from seed, Rosa chinensis “Angel Wings”- turns out they are much smaller than Rosa”The Fairy” so I am wondering what they will be best suited for …if in doubt put them in a pot seems to be the answer-although small they do smell nice. I have also got a couple of Nepeta govaniana which should produce a wonderful cloud of primrose coloured flowers…I just hope it isn’t as attractive to the local cats as catnip it’s blue flowered cousin. I started some convolvulus and have never seen such sickly plants….how they can be related to bindweed is beyond me , bindweed has had no problem with the weather this year.

We went to visit a garden recently which boasted 60 roses , asked how many there are here I thought about 15, but then I counted and found that I have bought or been given 18 roses that are still alive and I have planted 20 Rosa rugosa to make a hedge, add to that the 18 roses that were in the garden when we came here, and the twenty tiny seedlings (cheating I know) I have nearly 80. The best ones this year have been Etoile d’Hollande-scent to die for, Treasure Trove which is finally getting to work climbing up an oak tree and Rosa de Recht (Portland Rose).



Fishing boats on Worthing Beach – a painting a day

May 1, 2010 Leave a comment

Size 9inx12in 22cmx30cm watercolour on heavyweight rag paper

Today I took no2 son to a go-karting party. They went to a track down by the beach in Worthing so I watched them all get very competitive for a while and then took myself off and sat on the beach sketching for this blog. I carried on until my backside was numb and the wind was beginning to bug me. As you can see the sky was not a pretty blue but one of the boats was. I used charcoal under the paint to get a quick and lively sketch. Actually I made two sketches the first has the houses across the road in the background this one just has a passerby and the street lamp.

The beach is a great bank of flint pebbles and then there is a narrow cycle track, a pavement ,a road, a pavement and at that point it becomes suburbia, but suburbia on the beach. Some towns seem to show an awareness of their role as the backdrop to a pleasure trip to see the sea…Worthing is the seaside but seems to be pretending that the sea came after the interwar semi-detached houses and that the area really belongs to the concrete crazy paving era. The park is an advert for the 1920’s pleasure industry, it has three levels of golf course, a boating lake, and a mini train in bright colours .

The beach in contrast is not natural but wilder with messy piles of drift wood, bits of dried fish skeleton , mermaids purses and heaps of net next to lockers made from scrap wood.


#37 a painting a day by Alison Warner on her lemon a day art blog

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