After my outing this morning, the brief respite at home in the cool helped.  The dust from moving house is still settling but Donna is hell bent on getting everything sorted.  “Everything” means the 2 tons of clothing and the entire contents of her last house that has been dumped in the garden.  All she does now is wander about with armfuls of stuff muttering “don’t ever let me buy any clothes ever again!”

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Flippin’ hot!

I think the sun must have gone to my head.  Once I cooled down I packed my bag again and headed back.  This time I’d set some rules.

  1. A two hour time limit.
  2. No small brushes

That might not sound like a big deal but I take ages to finish, if I ever finish a painting and I get hung up on detail with tiny brushes.

Add to that the fact that I’ve never painted in front of anyone I don’t know very well and with the weather and being right by the dockyard gate, tourists were out in force.

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Set up on the beach. Bloomin’ furnace down there!

I found a spot partially out of the public gaze that also had a good perspective, especially the mooring posts as they shrink into the distance, although you can’t really see them on the painting as I didn’t finish within the 2 hour limit but I will finish it another day.

By the time the 2 hours was up I’d had enough to be honest.  Concentrating for that length of time along with the heat was just too much!

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Unfinished. Oil on canvas.

I’ve been watching the Big Painting Challenge on TV, hence the self-imposed rules and the self-portrait by Van Gogh was mentioned.  I couldn’t believe that in the close up shots you could see the canvas in places!

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Vincent Van Gogh, Self-Portrait with Band

But who am I to criticise Van Gogh! Plus, I do like his paintings so I thought I also add that to the mix.