End of the journey

Last drawings on a beautiful evening

And the sun is shining. Don't want to go home...

...I can't see to paint any more!

.Had a good day yesterday- this collage drawing (right), and a crazy few hours in the back of the car drawing puddles as it got dark.

More Puddles          

I put an etching plate in the sea on Wednesday- but now I've lost it!

Someone asked to look at what I had done today

I have been working on board and on paper. This one on paper- Somerset. It is different- you have to be more decisive as you can't change things so readily. I think this one works ok..

I have been told soundly by Graham that it is not a beach.

The Shore

Hurrah! No rain today and have been outside all day- much better- The paintings have more life when I work outside. These are taken as I worked on this painting today.

These are of the new beach and big rock



The patterns of the Tarmac are no different to the erosion on the beach- the puddles are the same as rock pools, the ponds are the same as the puddles and the rockpools

Rain has stopped play a bit over the last few days, not least that I can't photograph anything that I have done because it is so wet and grey. So, I have spent a few days in the car, or juggling an umbrella and a sketchbook, dodging the rain, but a bit difficult and don't feel as though I have done very much. The locals think I am mad.

I have been painting part of a beach further round the island- it has got a view towards Mull, and some great rocks. It's nice to find a new friendly rock, I like knowing the shape of things so that when I go back again I have already done some of the looking at the shapes. Though they look different every time, because of the tide and the constantly changing weather. So the paintings yesterday and today were that same rock, and the same beach..

Had my thermals on! Tried to get a sense of the constant change in the water and sky- almost colourless landscape of grey rain and mist.

Two paintings yesterday- very grey and rainy. More puddles...

The mobile studio comes into it's own again!



I was going to try and work on the painting started yesterday, but the light was flat and grey this morning, so I went down to the beach instead. I sat there all day, watching the tide go out, and then comeback in again. It was a struggle to draw the sea - wish it would stop changing!

Same painting later in the day.

Started painting today- looking towards the village, and Scarba (without a hat) behind. North westerly wind coming off the sea, the sound of the waves hitting the shore which hasn't happened before today as it has been very calm. Starting with some acrylic and watercolour on board, just to find way in, then will get oil paint out- scary, but in a good way!

Adam sent me a quote yesterday by David Hockney 'to look is to see'. Good advice David! Just have to start looking...

Passing places- stopping to let a car past in the opposite direction. I like the way they mark the route- surprising how many there are on a short stretch of road. I have walked the route from the ferry to the village- when the rain stops I will carry on to the other end of the island, recording what I can see at those passing places.



All the locals say rain is coming when Scarba has a hat (of cloud) on.

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Our Journey begins
In the fast lane!

Preparing the boards
Packing the boards

Once again Michelle will be working in Scotland over the summer and will be reporting back regularly through the pages of this blog.

The journey starts on 29th July.