Monday, 11 October 2010

Dorset Savanna

You might imagine that as we approach mid-October here in southern England that there might be a slight chill in the air.

It was certainly windy this morning; so much so that I decided against painting on the exposed beach.

Instead I went to Winfrith Heath, which is a short distance from where I live. I've painted here many times before, and made a series of short videos about painting outside last summer and the year before (here, here, here and here).

I knew I'd be sheltered from the wind, but had no idea just how hot it would get – the sheer intensity of the sun was almost overwhelming despite my peaked sun hat.

During my break I sought out the shade of one the few large trees on the heath. Had I not had this opportunity I don't think I could have continued painting all day.

It's not like me to sit in the shade.

[The very start of the painting itself can be seen in the bottom photograph]


Georgie said...

lovely work xxx

Chris Rudge Renewable Power said...

You caught a wonderful day for this time of year. The Heath is a lovely place, feeling remote, but only a few minutes from nearby villages