The shingle beach at Blackpool Sands, Devon

Beach painting:
Happiness Is A Shingle Shore

This beach painting, in oil on canvas panel, is small, filled with vivid blues and sparkles with light.

Inspired by a wonderful day at the seaside. It was the end of a lovely week spent exploring the South Hams coast, Devon, sketching and collecting reference material for paintings. I'd never been before and had read that Blackpool Sands was in fact a shingle beach, despite being called ‘sands’. I could not remember having been on a beach made entirely of pebbles of all sizes, and was not sure it would be ‘up-to-much’. How wrong can someone be!

Hardly anyone else was there and the day was clear and bright. The Spring sunshine was dazzling and warm, the blue sky vivid and the sparkle on the gently lapping sea danced. Having explored the beach sketching ideas for beach paintings, I picked a spot and sat to review my notes in my sketchbook.

The sound of the sea softly shuffling the shingle, the intensity of the blue, and the perfect arrangement of little clouds in the bay stunned me into a moment of reverie. This wonderful big, blue planet in all it's sublime beauty. A priceless moment, as you'll know if you've been ‘there’ too.

  • Image size: 25.4cm x 25.4cm (10" x 10")
  • Medium: oil
  • Ground: canvas panel