Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Blea Tarn in the English Lake District


I intend to run a workshop for an art group soon, and the subject is Blea Tarn.
I have created a video from a photograph, the video can be seen here.

On the video I spend some time explaining how one can use a photograph to mark out the main elements of the picture keeping the proportions true without measuring.
I have used a large canvas, 40 x 30 inch and very basic acrylic paints, the sort one can buy at a general craft shop. There are elements which I could spend some more time on, and I might do later. The foreground in particular.
This view is famous of course and I have drawn it as a pen and ink sketch in the past. My favourite painting of this view is a watercolour by William Heaton Cooper. He simplified the subject and it looks wonderful. Years ago, I met William. It was early one morning in Grasmere, I had visited his studio, something I always did when on holiday in the Lakes. I had bought a new pad and was walking away from the studio when I met him. He had just left the nearby newsagents and we exchanged greetings. When I visited the studio last year, I was at first, disappointed. The intimate, tiny little shop area which sold artists materials had gone. Or...... so I thought. I soon realised the whole studio had been enlarged and the little shop where I bought my pads had been moved to another part of the studio. They even have a cafe now ... on the premises.

Saturday, 16 February 2019

Kirby Grange Farm, Sledmere, East Yorkshire.

16 February 2019



 Sketch with the sky being added.
12x10 inch, oil on canvas. Part of the "Wolds Exhibition"
Ha ha, it has been an unseasonably, wonderful sunny day for February.
Bright sun, blue skies and even warm, for the time of year.
After walking George and rewarding myself with a coffee at Carluccio's, in Beverley, I decided to get my French easel out and try a plein air painting. With this in mind I set off, heading north into the Wolds. After passing bright, neat, regiment-ally drilled fields and spotting, unusually, full grown sheep put out on brown tilled soil ( What were they eating? Have they been gathered for lambing? ), I stopped just north of Wetwang. Exploring a path which bisected fields I could see the squat tower of Garton Church in the distance. I recalled visiting last year and marveling at the superb wall paintings. It was too far away however, to consider painting and so George was walked a little further. Driving towards Sledmere the road descends dramatically passing by a copse on the left. Flashes of white illuminated the dark wood floor. Thousands of snowdrops  cascaded down the steep bank up to the road edge. Wonderful. Also, I noticed, significant trees in the hedgerows provided locations for clusters of snowdrops, I wonder why this happens. Dropping down and passing steeper flanks of hidden valleys the snowdrops resembled tumbling waterfalls. I approached Sledmere and turned left, towards Duggleby, still heading north. Soon, I spotted this view. Kirby Grange Farm. The Wolds are high here, and, as I stopped and got out of the car the wind was strong, and cold. The elevation is getting on for 700 feet above sea level which helps explain why it is so windy. I parked at the entrance to Towthorpe Wold Farm. I could see evidence of recent farming activity and was careful to park at the edge of the entrance thus allowing heavy plant to pass. I set up the easel in the lea of the car. I then lightly sketched the view onto the canvas and started painting.Trees surrounding the farm were highlighted by the sun, revealing a range of subtle colours. The serried ranks of trees on the skyline provided a veil of wind protection, so important at this elevation. The wind was causing problems forcing me to move the car for more protection. My fingers were getting very cold in spite of the bright sun causing me to hurry. Suddenly, a farm vehicle  pulled over and stopped. It was a local farmer, Rob. We chatted and his initial concern about me being there disappeared. He told me that at this height he could see the Humber Bridge lights and indeed some big buildings in Hull. As always, here in the East Riding, I find that the farmers are always supportive and pleased to see me and talk, especially when they realize I respect their work that I follow the country code. The beautiful Wolds reflect all their hard work and mirror their sound husbandry. I hope the current European politics doesn't penalize them in the future. I finished the painting and headed home via the Pipe and Glass for a coffee. I'll stop here...... thanks for reading this far....and HAPPY PAINTING.

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Beverley wood, January 2019.


Before the weather deteriorated I wandered the local wood again, Burton Bushes to have a look for a suitable January picture. So, here we are. A simple study of a leaning tree, a holly tree. I like the ground treatment, it looks interesting, I think, perhaps a little impressionistic. The picture suffers a little in this photograph, the real thing is a lot better, and I hope you can visit to see it. It is another 24 x 18 inch canvas, acrylic ground and finished in oil.

Saturday, 26 January 2019

Mossy woodland, Beverley.





Wandering through the wood, meandering without meaning, looking, looking for a location, a mood, a quiet, significant place where I can be still, where I can sketch and at the same time be aware of the wood's environment. I listen. The inquisitive flit flit movement reveals the red breast of a robin, it approaches, cocks it's head looking at the disturbed leaf litter. Blackbirds noisily chase each other through the heavy dark woodland floor. On a previous visit a buzzard ghosted through the tree tops, silently moving on huge wings. The ground here, in places hides warrens, just visible, making progress,  a little tricky. Here we have a scene I like to come across. It is often a decaying picture, yet here we have trees which are alive. Often, dead fallen giants decay graciously, a carpet of bright green moss enveloping their trunks. The bark possibly retains water and creates a micro-climate of damp which suits the moss growth. Young saplings can be seen with moss attaching to the lower part of their stems. This is a fragile place and I am looking forward to visiting throughout the year.

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Another January picture of a Beverley woodland.


The wood is really interesting at the moment. Lots of light is getting through the denuded canopy. When walking through the wood many venerable oaks stand quiet sentinel in their aged locations. The replenishment of the oaks seems fragile as holly seems to choke lots of the forest floor. While I have seen many examples of beech saplings, and, of course holly, the oak remains elusive. I hope my perception is wrong and that the wood knows best. Here is an oak which is quite healthy. The leaves that can be seen, however, are of holly. I liked the way the oak stands out against the sunlit background here. Though I have been working in oils recently, this is, in fact, acrylic on canvas and measure 24 x 18 inch. I intend to exhibit these newer paintings alongside my 2014 paintings of the wood, ( A year in Burton Bushes ) in the near future. This time they will be for sale. In 2015 when I last exhibited it was a "Not for Sale" exhibition. And even now I think I will be sad to see the collection broken. Anyway, hope you like the picture, please subscribe to get notifications.

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

January in a Beverley wood

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Hi everyone, George has been having a lovely time running around this wonderful wild wood on the edge of Beverley. I meander around, stepping over sad, fallen, moss covered ancient giants, now resting and providing homes for insects and a variety of fungi. The ground is covered with fallen leaves, hiding the embryonic growth of this seasons wild flowers. The damp, leaf litter smell of the rotting leaves augers the oncoming spring hope of new life. Wandering around, pushing through whips of sharp holly one often finds a clearing, of sorts, where light penetrates. Here is such a scene. The sun lit up the edges of the trees and created shadows on the ground. In the distance a giant is resting, asleep, never to wake up. It is covered with moss, suggesting it has lain there for some time. Time, of course, here in the wood works on another scale, another dimension, another .... time. A slow time, measured in multiples of human lives. It is a mysterious, magical place and, I wander it alone except for the rare occasional walker, a glimpse through the wood of a bright red coat?

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Woodland scene - One for you to have a go at

Hi again, here is a simple pen and ink from today. Why not download and add colour. The holly trees are a sort of greyish pale green and the background is pale green, several shades lighter than the holly trees. The foreground is leaf litter. Darker towards the lower part of the picture. Very pale, almost bright sun patches appeared on the holly trees.
Or, you could uses your own colours.
Why not send me your picture and we can add some of them to this page.
Happy Painting.

Thursday, 10 January 2019

January in Burton Bushes woodland, Beverley.

24 x 18 inch oil on canvas.
Walking through the ancient wood, pushing past low hanging holly branches and stepping over fallen, moss covered tree trunks, avoiding hidden, leaf litter, covered, rabbit holes, suddenly you are in a magical glade. This is a view as I approached a sunlit glade. The strangely distorted trees provided a barrier which was easily circumvented. and yet, made me pause. I thought the scene was rather graphic, a little unusual. People who walk the wood often stay to the outside perimeter and this inner space is less visited. However for those of you who venture into the wood, this is for you. You will recognize this as a typical scene.

Friday, 4 January 2019

Beverley woodland, a fallen silver birch.


This picture shows a fallen silver birch tree in Burton Bushes, Beverley. It is sad to see so many trees damaged. In places, huge trees have been blown over and can be seen, sometimes propped up by a neighbouring tree of the same species. As I am reading Peter Wohlleben's book, my thoughts begin to conjecture that this could be another survival strategy. Perhaps he mentions the possibility later in the book. I have simplified this painting a little but it has worked out I think. If you live near Burton Bushes it may be interesting to see if you can identify the various locations from which I created these pictures. Now, there's a challenge.
Happy painting.

Monday, 31 December 2018

Woodland, Beverley.

 31st December 2018
 30th December 2018
30th December 2018

Well the weather has been so mild that I have managed to get some more sketches completed before the end of the year. George had a galloping exploration of the wood chasing squirrels as I painted.  The different kinds of fungi are very interesting variety of shapes and colour from small bright yellow to browns and whites and a reddish brown.

Wednesday, 26 December 2018

Sketches of a local wood.

 What lovely mild weather we have been enjoying over the festive period. Days are getting longer and I am looking forward to Spring. Here are some simple watercolour sketches, all from our local wood the remaining portion of a medieval wood, fenced off from free ranging cattle. It is a special place, more so now, as I am reading Peter Wohlleben's book, The Hidden Life of Trees. Fascinating. I encourage all lovers of trees to read this book. As a result, I am more aware of what is going on in the forest and the complications of associated species vying for space.
Can you see George?





 Boxing Day 1
 Boxing Day 2
 December 10th 2018
 Christmas Eve 1
Christmas Eve 2

Monday, 17 December 2018

December Woodland, Beverley.

 Another palette knife sketch. I took George into the wood known as Burton Bushes on the Westwood pasture, Beverley. I also took a large canvas, 18 x 24 and found a place to sketch, directly onto the canvas, using pencil. My intention being to work it up solely using a palette knife. Here is the result. I now realise that painting trees using a palette knife is rather difficult. Nevertheless it is worth progressing. The application of thick paint makes a change from the usual brush method and some very interesting effects can be achieved. Whilst painting this up I was made aware of some sad news relating to a relative, and so I was thinking, as I worked on this, of the times I had visited, too long ago, and how I always enjoyed our chats, and regretting not seeing him before he died. I remember his enthusiasm regarding working on church clocks and how he would share and explain various devices he had made,to help him maintain the clocks.  He loved being in his garden workshop, near the sea. So this picture will always be remembered as the 'WT' picture. RIP WT.

Saturday, 15 December 2018

Filey Beach, East Yorkshire.


Using a palette knife and a only limited colours. I have wondered about palette knife painting and, over winter, intend to concentrate on producing more. This is a view of Filey beach looking north, the muddy cliff leading to the low breakwater of Filey Brigg. The man in the picture kept digging in the wet sand and, at first I thought he was looking for lug worms used for fishing bait. Then I realised he was also scanning the sand with a metal detector. The first time I had seen this. I traveled via train from Beverley as George was being cared for by someone else. The train ride was a novelty, across the flat lands of East Yorkshire. As the train passed through the agricultural landscape, frightened hares were seen running over rutted, rain soaked ploughed furrows. A huge grey heron flew lazily on broad wings from the track and over fields, segmented by boundary drainage streams. French partridge in small groups hurried towards cover near a lonely farmstead, where, in the garden a line of brilliant white washing hung optimistically on the bright, windless, day.  Arriving at Filey and passing the nearby bus terminus ( I thought about going on to Scarborough ) I walked towards the beach via the Filey Museum. The museum was closed but looks worth a vist. It is in a white washed building dated 1696. Unperturbed I walked to St. Oswald's Church. A low castellated, old building. This was also closed. It was a cold, but bright day and arriving at the beach, I found it largely deserted. Indeed very few beachside shops were open. The sun was bright which made looking southwards difficult as the reflected sun off the wet beach was dazzling. So I looked east and looked at the massive sky, being especially pleased to see it reflected on the wet sand.
Hope you like the picture, keep on painting.

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Just thinking about Christmas and want to wish everyone a happy and peaceful time, with best wishes for the New Year. And, for those who will be alone this Christmas, maybe for the first time I especially would like to send my my wishes for happier times, and not to despair, keep trying to be optimistic and adventurous and go boldly into the unknown future.

Thursday, 6 December 2018

St. Augustine's Church, Hedon, East Yorkshire.

St. Augustine's Church, Hedon.
There is something awe inspiring about being inside a beautiful church.
Here, at Hedon, , St. Augustine's Church "The King of Holderness"is one such place. This painting took about three visits to sketch out the detail and I can thank JJ for her help with access. The Church has a nice, open, feel about it. The lovely view down the nave to the transept and the east window is uninterrupted by organs or screens and is the better for it. On one occasion when sketching I was kindly given a cup of tea to help me keep warm. On my last sketching visit the organ was being serviced and I was introduced to the men and we talked about art and the sketch I was making. As they walked back to the organ the man working on it asked if I would like to hear it. WOW, it was amazing. I expected a simple tune up of the pipes. But I was amazed to hear a note perfect rendition of Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor, ( click link to hear it ) it was absolutely brilliant. It is certainly a special organ at Hedon. As I was finishing a loud banging on the door heralded the arrival of the actual organist. He had come to practise for a piece he was playing on the following Wednesday when a new vicar was being installed(?). He was initially frustrated by not having the sole access key, I had that, a new system has just started regarding getting the key. Anyway, we were soon all laughing and sharing thoughts. The organist was happy to be able to explain a slight tuning problem to the men who were there working on it and we left together, leaving them to it.
Hope you like the picture, if you get a chance to hear the organ at Hedon do try and go.
Happy painting everyone.

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

John Geekie 2019 Calendar.

Hi everyone, I have been busy this year painting and have produced this calendar for 2019.
The price is £10 GB pounds which includes packing and postage.
If you would like one please email me as I only have a few left.

It features a selection of paintings from my "East Yorkshire Wolds" exhibition to be held in 2019, when the original paintings will be for sale.

The images are suitable for framing.
Please email me if you would like a copy of this limited, collectable calendar.
Also now available at Ford Framing, North Bar Within, Beverley.
 Click a link below for more information about the views used, which will be part of a future exhibition.
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December







Friday, 23 November 2018

Slingsby Castle, Yorkshire.

This is the first sketch I made on the day at Slingsby showing the remains of the Castle from the road.
It is rather magical in it's isolation. The local site has some more information including a plan of the ground floor. It also has some good, close up pictures of the fabric. It seems to rise out of the deep vegetation which now surrounds it. The link Slingsby Castle will take you to the local site.
If you are traveling to Castle Howard it is well worth a short detour.

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Slingsby Castle - sketch 2

I travelled to Castle Howard on the day before to visit the House to see a preview of the Christmas decorations. It started by walking down the long, dark drive to the House, either side of the narrow road being lit up from the illuminations from the large Christmas trees which lined the road. Entering the House was like being taken into a wonderland of special effects based upon the theme of 'Twelve Days of Christmas" it was wonderfully diverting. The passage leading to the main hall was magically lit and featured delicate silvered trees among the existing ornately carved stonework. The main Hall was lit by a combination of a crackling fire and beautiful cascading lights which seemed to fall from the higher balcony. But here of course, was the main event, the huge, twenty five feet tall Christmas tree.
I will leave it there, but just to say, if you can visit, it is worth it especially late afternoon when it is dark outside.
Okay, the next day found me at Slingsby. I took my watercolour paper and drew two views of the ruins of the Castle. The ruin is now off limits and is considered too dangerous to visit. It is now a designated wildlife area. I walked around the perimeter trying to get a decent view but could'nt see any better than this. The Castle is moated and the surrounded ditch is pretty much intact. I will add the second picture soon. Whilst walking around the site I was invited to help the nearby volunteers to sweep up the fallen leaves from the churchyard. The people were very friendly and I enjoyed talking to everyone.

Monday, 12 November 2018

Flowers 1

Just a very quick exercise here. Sometimes working quickly helps with getting the impression rather than the detailed object. That is what art is about I guess for lots of us. Anyway, this is an acrylic on deep edge canvas and measures 30 x 30cm. Hope you like it. I did this after varnishing the two large "Risby" pictures.

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Workshop at Hornsea

After a busy summer of painting outdoors, traveling up and down the East Yorkshire Wolds where I painted many views, I have now slowed down and am considering different projects. On fine days over winter I intend to continue painting outdoors when I can, even perhaps inside some of our magnificent churches.... hmmmn... there is a thought, perhaps another theme.
Last Wednesday I went over to Hornsea, to see the Spectrum group of artists. They had invited me to give a workshop. This was something new. I prepared some materials and we decided to do one picture. I ambitiously set up two large, 40 x 30 canvases which I had roughly primed the night before with a grey background. I thought the size would help the artists to see what I was doing. It worked well except perhaps my idea for the second canvas. I had thought that I could involve the group to do some work on it but time was against us. So, a lesson learnt. Perhaps concentrate on just one canvas next time which will also mean that I can circulate more and help out where needed.
So here is the first picture. It shows the Folley at Risby. I was using acrylics with varying properties and wanted the picture to shout out that it was autumnal. The colours are thus rather vivid, perhaps less so than this picture shows, especially the Folley itself. Nevertheless the result is pleasing I think, the composition works quite well. The idea to exaggerate the water reflections seems to work and the lone fisherman is concentrating hard.
The second picture is the same scene.

But here, I wanted to be looser. To be rather less inhibited and to let the colours sing a little more.
I'm not sure which I prefer now. Again the brick folley is too pink but the rest of the picture works. I have experimented a little with the colours but on the whole they blend well I think. It is, as always, better to see the originals. I have only added some minor detail to both pictures at home, otherwise they are as I did them at the workshop.
Hope you like them.


Wednesday, 17 October 2018

St Augustine's Church, Hedon, East Yorkshire.

Early afternoon painting, before the sun got round the back of the church. A little looser than normal but such a wonderful view of the church, with the blazing sycamore to the right. The tractor was used after I had started the painting which would not have been a problem normally but the excessive fumes given off by a redundant exhaust system meant that I had to stop every time he passed by. Choking, thick, black smoke. After this I popped round to St. Augustine's to sketch the interior again. Thankyou for the key by the way. Perhaps one more visit is needed to finish that. Before going round to the church I took George along the old railway line and made this up.

Sunday, 14 October 2018

St Augustine's Church, Hedon.

Couple of preparatory sketches made as Storm Callum battered us with high winds. These two sketches were done very quickly as it was difficult to hold the pad securely. Many many years ago my old friend Alan Bray did a view of this Church which I thought I would try to reproduce. However since that time the sapling trees he included have grown significantly and obscure the view . I was reminded of Hedon Church by recently talking to a friend at Hornsea. My intention is to revisit and sketch from another vantage point further away, perhaps in a nearby field. On this visit I popped into the church and admired the flower arrangements which were being made ready for the harvest festival service. I enjoyed advising on the balance of a particularly wonderful display (JJ) and hope others fully appreciate the work involved.


Friday, 5 October 2018

Calendar 2019, now with details of the pictures

Hi everyone, I have been busy this year painting and have produced this calendar for 2019.
I am pleased with it and my printer has produced an excellent job as well as a limited run. The price is £10 GB pounds which includes packing and postage.
It features a selection of paintings from my "East Yorkshire Wolds" exhibition to be held in 2019, when the original paintings will be for sale.
The images will be suitable for framing if desired. Please email me if you would like a copy of this limited, collectable calendar.
Also now available at Ford Framing, North Bar Within, Beverley.
I have added links below the calendar for you to see the actual post which describes where the view is taken from.

Click a link below for more information.
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Dahlia and sunflowers.

 Hi everyone, here are a couple of simple sketches. As the days get shorter there is a closing window as far as plein air painting goes. These are simply done observational sketches which I guess you will be seeing more of as winter grips us. Try not to be depressed or downhearted, soon we will be past winters shortest day, in December, and then the days get longer.

 Sunflowers on a table
Dahlias picked from the garden.

Monday, 17 September 2018

Pictures to download and add colour.

 I popped out today and pootled around without anywhere specific to visit. I headed home and stopped a couple of times to walk George and, at the same time, do a quick pen and ink sketch. I want to share these with you. I have uploaded the at a higher resolution which means you can download a good sized image, print it off and have a go at colouring them in. Pencil crayons would work well I guess, though a very thin dry...ish wash may work. Or of course you could reproduce on watercolour paper. Have a go!

 Near Middleton on the Wolds



Heading towards North Newbald from Huggate.

I thought perhaps you may like to see the simple watercolour wash I have just done to each of them.
These are very simple pen sketches done very quickly but I always kind off like them. Using ink to get the idea of shade is always interesting and then to add a colour wash is very satisfying.


 The cottage roof is too dark here, needs to be a little more orange coloured.



Sunday, 16 September 2018

Pochade box demonstration piece.


This is a painting I did last Friday at the Hornsea Art Society. It was the first time I have given a demonstration and I was a little anxious. However the members of the Society were very welcoming and enthusiastic and I enjoyed the experience. I rushed it a little at the end and was not quite content with the finished detail, so, unusually I worked on it a little more at home. For the members there on the night I wanted to show you how I can get some indication of detail using the end of the handle of the paint brush. Rather like Aboriginal art, I often dip the handle end into the paint which I then apply to the canvas. Thanks to everyone at Hornsea A.S. for making me so welcome and good luck with your painting.

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Pochade box sketch of a cool red yacht!

Well here is a picture I have just done a a practice piece.
It is from a photograph in a magazine. The actual picture is larger than the view here, and also, I have 'moved' elements around a little. All very strange and a little different not to be outside painting but I like the outcome. Hopefully I can see a series here, maybe another themed exhibition.

Friday, 24 August 2018

Hull Marina visit.

12 x 10 inch plein air oil on canvas.
It has been a very long time since I have been to Hull Marina by car. At one time parking was easy. I headed for the old British Rail ferry terminal and was pleasantly surprised to see that parking spaces were available. Three hours, so plenty of time to explore. I took George all the way around the Marina,  looking at the wonderful, varied collection of craft. The old Humber Lighthouse ship was still there and looked in good condition. Modern yachts and old sailing barges vied for places alongside each other. I decided to seek more commercial shipping and headed for the nearby Albert Dock. We crossed a very old wooden lockgate path and found ourselves at the foot of the path which leads over the roofs of the dock buildings. It is rather unusual. I knew of it's existence in the past and was surprised that it was still there. So up we went and onto the high level path with panoramic views of the Humber and the city of Hull, and indeed of distant hills.
heading back we crossed another lockgate, a modern one which I thought would be safer. It was for me but I realised George was being very tentative. I think it must have been the metal grill which was uncomfortable for him to walk on, though it may have been the fact that he could see through the mesh which was unsettling.
Back to the car, now just under two hours left to park, I left George and headed back to paint. I set up at a quiet spot and blanked in the buildings and sky. People came over and chatted. Hull is such a friendly place. Then a BBC reporter came and asked me about what I thought of Hull. He was a trainee, I gathered, and was from out of town. He seemed to want me to be negative about Hull, which is so predictable. So I put him right and suggested he should visit some of the interesting areas. Then I packed up and accidentally splashed him as I was cleaning my brushes.
How did that happen.
I have not detailed the painting as much as I would like as I was fighting the clock. Nevertheless I like it. I think I will do more ship / boat paintings though maybe try pen and ink or perhaps watercolour.

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Near Flamborough Head.

Well today turned out well after a late start. I first visited Bempton Cliffs and had a look around the RSPB viewing points. It was amazing to see the gannets so close by on the vertiginous cliffs. Indeed one could see large chicks balancing on the smallest projection from the rock. I visited to see if the cliffs would make an interesting painting but decided that they were too massive and too close to provided a suitable subject. So back to the car, it was now 4.45 and time to feed George. I had sandwich which I had prepared before setting off. Then I drove back down the coast a little to Flamborough Lighthouse. I took George down to North Landing, which was just to the left of this view, he had a lovely time on the beach and kept running into the sea. After a short time we walked back to the car and I set off to paint a view. I walked a short distance past the Lighthouse and looked north. This view seemed interesting and so I started to paint. Below me, but out of sight, were some seals. I had seen them earlier as we walked down to the beach, indeed they were probably the same ones I had seen yesterday. As I painted, it was rather late to start really, the light changed quickly and also, the outgoing tide started to expose some plate like rocks. Only a few people remained, walking and exploring and seal spotting. Some passed me and we talked about how the painting was progressing. Unfortunately light rain started to fall and so I had to close the lid of the pochade box and wait for it to stop. Fortunately it did stop and I could finish the painting, though the changing light was now a little taxing. I may well return and do a larger, more detailed painting but for now I am pleased with this as it is.