29 December 2014. Low Tide, Folkestone Harbour. First painting after the Christmas break and it turned out to be a lovely day, although very cold. This is just a few hundred yards from my small studio - so I feel lucky. The good thing about painting plum in the middle of winter, is that when the suns shines, the light is very rich and the shadows are beautifully long. Also there’s less tendency to over work a painting, which means it can look fresher and more impressionistic. In this case the tide was coming in quickly, so I had to make a hasty retreat anyway.