Just finished and framed my 3 Portland lighthouses in time for the official opening of the Athay gallery on Portland tomorrow (Friday September 21st).
To create them I went on a long walk with Honey the dog, stopping to sketch and photograph each of the lighthouses in turn.
Portland Bill Lighthouse
With my back to the sea and Portland Bill, I climbed up the hill towards the Old Higher Lighthouse. Halfway up I stopped and found that lying in the grass and knapweed I had a great view of Portland Bill lighthouse minus the car park, so that was my first viewpoint chosen and sketched.
Old Higher Lighthouse
Continuing up the hill and with a clear view of the Old Higher Lighthouse with the sea behind it was my next chosen viewpoint.
Old Lower Lighthouse
Walking down the hill I saw the Old Lower Lighthouse, now the bird observatory, with a field of sunflowers in front and the sea and beach huts behind – just lovely, and my third choice.
Penn Castle en plein air
Also, this month was the Artwey organised en plein air at Pennsylvania Castle on Portland. The weather was challenging as 20 artists chose their positions. Rather grey and then came the rain. Starting slowly but increasing to a steady drizzle. I managed to complete a few sketches and quickly watercolour them and pop them under the table before it started in earnest. I set out my table to paint on some fabric but the rain diluted it so much and made it very wishy-washy, good for skies but not seas or trees. I am about to start a textile for an exhibition of work started during this session which will run from 5th to 7th October at the Hayloft on Portland (with less than 2 weeks to complete). I had a great day: it was a lot of fun despite the rain working with lots of terrific artists and was very well organised.
I also will use one of my sketches on a textile I am planning to go in the Open For Art booklet.
Over this time, we had a lovely visit from family for my mother-in-law’s 90th birthday. A vintage tea party to christen the beach shack.