The Pipe was so beautiful yesterday morning with Cumulonimbus lifting high in the sky, underlined by mauve lenticular clouds. The waves were messy but the sun was warm. I just wanted to stay and paint but had a car full of people with other ideas so had to return to hit the job-jar. After fixing irrigation systems I had time to go down again.
I painted this on Arches 300gm 190x280mm (Cold Pressed)
By now there was a chilly wind blowing. It was too strong to set up my easel so I built a sand-castle and sat on it to paint the passing show. Man! People move fast! I was able to paint the guy walking by sketching and painting and watching him disappear down the shore. Then I had some good fortune when the young chap got out of the water and sat on the beach wrapped in a towel as he waited for his dad (I assume). And then Leith and his girlfriend came up and chatted. He wanted to make sure there was more than a just a line. By now a chilly wind was blowing down the beach but I persuaded them to stand for a minute while I sketched them and tried to remember the colours which I did when they had gone.
Lastly I quickly filled in the background. I was shivering with cold, which was probably not such a good idea.
As I packed up, the mountains over Gordon’s Bay put on a magnificent show. The peaks were clearly etched in shadow and the colours of the different geologies stood out. I stood and watched with my legs wrapped in a towel to keep warm then hurried off.