Lynne Roebuck (Handwritten) 
Cows look on with bemusement as walkers wander along a sunken path

Hiking Art:‘Spring on the Sunken Path’

Hiking in the spring along the coast is just one of the best things to do – though in truth this was more a stroll than a hike.

This path follows the top of the cliffs to a headland with wonderful views out to the sea and back over a picturesque Estuary and East along a rugged coastline in Devon, UK.

  • Image size: 22.8cmcm x 22.8cm (9" x 9")
  • Medium: acrylic
  • Ground: 300lb watercolour paper

I made this walk, with difficulty because around every turn was a painting and I just had to keep stopping to collect reference and make sketches! I could create a whole collection from this one relatively short walk. Unfortunately the weather closed-in and I had to beat a retreat after reaching a monument on a prominent outcrop. You can see the clouds gathering in the painting.

The path, like the roads in the county, was sunken into the ground at first before popping out on the tops. Cows stood quietly watching walkers pass as though they were continually baffled by the strange behaviour of these two-legged things.

Spring flowers were blooming below the protective hegdes and new bright spring leaves were beginning to show everywhere.