sketch of Clovelly, Devon, down the cobbled street to the harbour
Working in coloured pencil and graphite, planning a future painting.
I don't normally like working from photos but I've wanted to do some paintings of Clovelly for some time. I took lots of photos when we were there on a misty day - it was very moody and atmospheric and it really suited the village which is built with rocks from the beach, the incredibly steep streets cobbled with smaller rocks.
I liked the composition in which the stone walls frame the view of the harbour and its curving harbour wall made of more of the rocks - huge ones, wrapping around and framing the sand, sea and boats. You can see some photographs here http://sitekreator.com/vivien/coast.html
Normally I wouldn't go for this 'every stone' approach but the stones are so chunky and so important to the image that I thought I would.
Charcoal with coloured pencil for another, better version, much larger? - the underlying grey would be really suitable. Or a canvas? again I could do a grisaille before adding subtle touches of colour?
I'd like to do another of the misty harbour. Too many things to do and not enough painting time :>( (photo of this in the link)