Hope Cove

We were lucky enough last week to make the most of a couple of days off work by heading to South Devon and stay overnight at The Hope & Anchor in Hope Cove a short drive away from the popular coastal town of Salcombe.

Together we walked, painted and photographed this beautiful part of Devon.

I took my watercolours and oils. For our first stop a walk to Snapes point From here I chose to paint the view along the estuary out to sea, the easier and quicker option than the coastal buildings of Salcombe Town.

My next painting was after breakfast the following day. A plein air In oils painted on the beach. It was pretty windy at times and i had to paint with my back against the wall and my bag attached to my tripod for stability. I just managed to finish as the rain came down.

Oil on wood Panel 8 x 6 inches

After a hot drink to warm up we walked part of the coast path to just past Thurlstone Beach from Hope Cove.
There was time to stop on the beach and paint. Watercolour & sketchbook this time lighter to carry.

Behind the beach is a wetlands reserve and it was here I took some photo and video reference of the winter sun lighting up the reeds.

My studio painting of the scene. Oil on Canvas Board 10 x 8 inches

Finally last week at my Monday night art the subject was Pets. My sister has a beautiful Briard Dog called Finley and while there a few weeks back luckily I took some photo reference of him.

I was actually really pleased with how it turned out considering I do not usually paint animals. I didn’t really have a plan but decided not to sketch first and just paint. He has beautiful markings including darker areas and this definitely helped.

A5 Watercolour on Arches Cold pressed paper

He got the seal of approval from his owners too and will be mounted ready for framing.

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