Wednesday, 9 November 2016


I live on the South Coast of England and am privileged to have many fine painting locations roundabout.  I often walk on Seaford Head with its fine views over the range of cliffs called "The Seven Sisters".  I have many photographs of these views in fine weather but when it is winter it can look very different.  I've pictured it here on a bright day with a sprinkling of snow on the ground.

Seaford Head in the snow

Photo of the same view a little further down the path
I often visit the nearby town of Shoreham by Sea.  It is a great place for taking photographs with its interesting sea-front and an estuary with many old house-boats moored along the banks.  I painted this picture of the town looking across the mouth of the River Adur.

Shoreham by Sea

One of the photos I worked from
Lastly, the nearby town of Hastings has a lovely old pier which has recently been restored.  This makes for an interesting view even when the weather is mixed and rain is in the air

Hastings pier on a damp day

Photo of the pier
Rudyard Kipling wrote a poem about his beloved county of Sussex which formed the lyrics for a popular song, Sussex by the Sea.  Here is part of the Kipling poem

God gives all men all earth to love,
But since man's heart is small,
Ordains for each one spot shall prove
Beloved over all.
Each to his choice, and I rejoice
The lot has fall to me
In a fair ground[3] - Sussex by the Sea!
In a fair ground - Yea, Sussex by the Sea!

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