Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Ruby Tuesday, Overstrand

The red beach hut in the foreground is my favourite here in Overstrand and it's named Ruby Tuesday.  I sketched it in a couple of weeks ago and have been waiting for sun at the right time of day to paint it.  I had previously gone to paint it early in the morning but with the sun shining directly at it, it was too bright with little contrast.  I was glad when I saw the hut being used, and the owner who was there with family, came over to see me.  He told me that he was an architect and had designed the hut.  When I asked if he was a Rolling Stones fan, he said that he and his wife got the hut to celebrate their ruby wedding anniversary and that their children had come up with the name.  Now I love that hut even more!

I had many people stop to chat today including a couple of  local artists and although it's terribly distracting I really enjoyed it!  I was glad to have business cards with me as it helps cut conversations shorter but wished I'd taken more as the handful I'd taken ran out. It was quite a struggle in the glaring hot sun and blustery wind.  I arrived in vest and shorts and left in trousers, shirt and windproof coat.  I keep loose clothing in my bag so that I can layer up if I'm getting burnt or cold.  

Ruby Tuesday, Overstrand oil on board 10" x 12" ©Tanya Pawsey 2016

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

No.30 Overstrand Promenade

I completed this painting over two days, the first was spent sketching which took a couple of hours, the second a few hours of painting in.  I made the sketch a couple of weeks ago and have been waiting to get over a cold and for the sun to shine on my day off work - oh the great British Summertime!  It was certainly sunny but hard to keep a steady hand with a gusty wind blowing and my bouts of coughing!  No.30 in the foreground belongs to some friends I've made in the village.

No.30 Overstrand Promenade oil on board 10"x 12" ©Tanya Pawsey

Sketch completed in the first sitting.