Pastel on Clairefontaine Pastelmat, 19 x 27 inches
This one is for my exhibition at Marine House Gallery in Beer in November. The chalk cliffs are an unmistakable feature of Beer, towering over the beach.
The challenge was to portray the majesty of the cliffs, jutting out into the sea. The abundance of figures on the shore gives scale and also help take the eye on a journey through the picture. I loved all the colourful umbrellas ouside Ducky's cafe with the jumble of chairs and customers, and the pale pastel shades of the rows of deckchairs. There was a lovely sparkle on the sea which is a little harder to depict with pastel compared to oil, but I just fancied tackling this one with the dry medium. Beer has a shingle beach which is awkward to walk on and equally awkward to paint in pastels! Lots of old conveyor belts are strewn over the beach to aid walking for customers and fishermen.