Bridlington Beaches are a joy all year round. North beach looks toward Flamborough Head, as here in this painting.
The first outdoor painting of 2019. After a Winter hiding indoors and a big project preparing for an exhibition keeping me in the studio, I was desparate to get outside and paint. A lovely day presented itself and on the spur of the moment, I decided “Ah, heck”. So I beetled off to Bridlington on the Yorkshire East Coast, despite much to do back home – it was a bit naughty.
The light by the sea at Brid, though, is always a joy, and North beach is constantly fascinating with its groynes, shifting patterns of sand and gleaming white pebbles. I could resist no longer.
Feeling nervous I'd find I was out of practice painting outdoors, en plein air, I arrived determined to come away with something. The light was bright and clear. Just a sneaky cold wind meant I had to seek a protected corner. I need not have worried, because this painting, I feel, really captures this beautiful beach, with Flamborough Head stretching out into the sea on the horizon, with its white chalk cliffs catching the bright sun. The textures in the foreground, the colours, the headland are all very satisfying to my eye and it set me up for painting for the rest of the year.