North Norfolk Sketching 2017

We’ve just come back from a week away on the North Norfolk coast. It was a great holiday and provided plenty of opportunity to get my sketchbook out to paint and draw at the various places we visited. The weather wasn’t great – it is October of course – but wrapped up well it was possible to sit for 20-30 minutes to complete a sketch.

East Anglia has a number of famous artists, both from the past and current. Some of these artists – Seago and Wesson – pioneered the use of watercolour as a plein air medium, so it was great to walk some of the paths these artists walked around the pretty village of Ludham. The sketch below shows a scene as you walk along Ludham Marshes towards Potter Heigham.


The magnificent Blickling Hall just north of Aylesham is a great place to visit for walks in stunning landscapes. Last week the trees were beautiful shades of Autumn so I took the chance to sit and paint the view across the lake towards the trees.


We spent a fair amount of time on the beaches at Happisburgh, Walcott, Overstrand and Horsey. Plenty of seals in the sea and on the beaches, and of course we had to visit the numerous lifeboat stations along the coast!

Below are a selection of paintings and sketches from our days out. I hope you enjoy them; these will probably form the basis of larger, more detailed paintings in the future.