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.
19 August 2014: St Mary’s Bay. After painting landscapes in the depth of the country, I felt as if I needed a taste of the sea. St Mary’s Bay is so attractive looking towards Hythe and Folkestone and for some reason the clouds often come up trumps there. Although it was sunny, it was quite windy and cold for August, so I had to wear a coat. I loved the excitement of the sea and the movement in the sky - it all felt so fresh and airy. I painted the sky very freely and the whole picture seemed to come right quickly. Haven’t touched it since and I think I’m pleased with it.