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Watercolour sketching at Minehead, on the beach, at the Station of the West Somerset Railway and at Dunster.

Featured sketch above:

Outside the Engine Shed

Watercolour ~ A5
I worked on this sketch quite quickly, trying to capture the atmosphere in front of the engine shed.

Today, with the sun shining (yesterday it chucked it down), we headed north into Somerset and onto Minehead Station. Where the West Somerset Railway. is holding a ‘Thomas the tank engine day’.
The ‘wee fella’ has been looking forward to it.
He is very excited and looking forward to seeing Grandad – who is checking tickets on Thomas! The WSR always puts on a good show when ‘Thomas’ visits them.
R enjoys watching the antics of the Fat Controller and Mrs Kindly. The magician and Punch & Judy also go down well.

Materials Used

These sketches are in an A5 Daler Rowney, Red & Yellow cartridge pad. I’ve used my Winsor & Newton, watercolour field paint box and a couple of round brushes – sable no.6 & a no.1. The pen is a waterproof fineliner, plus a 6B pencil.

Sand and Sky - Minehead Beach

Sand and Sky

Watercolour ~ A5, Sold
After looking around the ‘Thomas Day’, we crossed over the road to the beach.
The ‘wee fella’ hooked up with a group of boys, who were hunting for crabs. Lifting up the rocks to find them.
I love the wide horizon here on the Bristol channel. Where the sand and sky seem to merge and the seawater left at low tide reflects the sky.

Pen sketch with digital colouring, Low Tide

Low Tide

Pen with photoshop colour added (shock, horror!) ~ A5


Pencil sketch of Dunster Tower

Dunster Tower

Pencil ~ A5
We stopped on the way back for a walk through the woods at Dunster, up to the folly/tower.

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