We only went for a few days to Dieppe, mainly to pick up some cider and salad dressing and allow for my wife to use a bit of the French she has been working on all year long. This sketch was done by a small village stream whilst we rested during a walk we did, picking up a grande randonee (long distance walking track) out of Dieppe. We didn’t have a map so it we didn’t know where it was going. I had hoped it would take us along the cliff-tops, but it veered off  into the country and took us here instead.


As the wife went to the market I took a few minutes on the beach, as the mist started to come in. Just enough time to get the distant cliffs before they disappeared.

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  1. I struggle with watercolours, your paintings are brilliant and quite vibrant in colour. Can I ask, do you sketch on your canvas before applying paint. Oh and do you colour wash your canvas. Hope you don’t mind me asking you, but you seem approachable and I am a Yorkshire woman !

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  2. Thanks. Ii always sketch first, unless I’ve forgotten my pencil. I always paint on paper. I find canvas can be water repellent – when I’ve used acrylic on some prepared canvasses I’ve had some problems with water repellency. You could put a ground on the canvas first if you wanted to put watercolour onto canvas.
    I don’t use a coloured ground for watercolour as I like the white of the paper – though I do uses a coloured ground with acrylics, pastels and oils.


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