Stunning sunny weather forced an outing to Poppit Sands via Llandudoch. I called in at the local gallery on my way through the village. Oriel Llandudoch and said hello to the lovely Nicky, I have a couple of paintings in her window.
Onwards towards Poppit Sands. I often bring my dogs here to enjoy the long sandy beach and driftwood delights brought down from the Teifi river, before heading down the hill there is a place to pull in with views of the sea.
I was here a few months ago but the whole scene had changed with more green shoots emerging on the ground and in the trees. The lack of leaves gave tantalising glimpses of the vista beyond.
It’s a super spot with the line of white buildings across the bay clustered on the headland of Gwbert, the Cliff hotel amongst them. They always catch the early morning sun and keep it all day. It was a fresh, clean day with quite a breeze with white horses on the shallow water meeting the river.
Two paintings were completed and I took pics of one of them in stages as I always like to see it when other painters do the same. I sometimes draw the scene in pencil and begin by blocking in the main areas of colour.
Once the layout is established I start to concentrate on the bits that interest me. On this occasion I was drawn to the highlighted cottages on the hillside, the little buildings on the Gwbert shore and the small boats moored in the mouth of the river.
The trees are a lovely tangle of old and new growth. Twisted and turned by their struggle with the hard coastal winds.
With clear coastal light the trees were picked-out against the blue sea.