Yesterday was spent down on the Slipway, my favourite haunt.  Always something going on and as the weather warms up many locals congregate there, break out the beer and if the fishermen have been out, we fire up the BBQ and cook some fresh fish. Bass, Mackerel, Lobster, Crab and Scallops and pretty much anything else that tastes good on a barbecue.

Danny took a bunch of us out on his boat, mainly for the kids benefit as word was not much fish about and the ‘word’ was right. Not even a bite, but no one complained.

By 9:54am this morning it was too hot to sit in the garden, so I packed a bag and headed down the road.  As the tide was out I guessed it would be quiet down there and the tourists wouldn’t have gathered yet so I decided to take pencils, paper, brushed etc and a small watercolour set I bought in 2015 to use when I was in hospital for a month and I’ve not used them much at all.  Being extremely self-conscious about my work, it was a brave move for me.

I drew a sketch of my Danny’s tender as it was moored up by the high water line and sat in

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Messing about on the water.

my usual spot was quite a good angle to draw it from.  Initial sketch dome, I decided to take a break and grab an espresso from Bim’s stand by the slipway.

Sat there drinking the espresso, I decided to give a sheet of watercolour card a wash with

watery coffee, I then rubbed it in stones etc on the beach to give it some texture and began to paint with it.  Once done, some ten minutes later, I took it to Bim’s stand and said it was so good, it did this for you.

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Finally plucked up the courage to paint in public. It’s only taken 17 years!

Back to Danny’s tender, I was more nervous about this one as the ‘coffee’ idea was a first attempt, I was quite relaxed about it.  However, my worst nightmare occurred, a couple of ‘Geezers’ appeared and shocked me back to reality with the words ‘What you painting mate?’ I showed them and the seemed mildly impressed, which by my standards was a ‘result’.

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Watercolour on paper.