The Art Plumstead Watercolourists (and assorted pals) journeyed to Erith Yacht Club to have a go at painting en plein air in and around the Clubhouse. The tide had already started dropping by the time we arrived at 11 am, and didn’t turn until after 3 pm . That didn’t matter though, because by then we had risen to the challenge of painting outdoors and produced a respectable body of work.
As the tide receded, usually submerged structures were revealed, along with the eponymous mud, which is always interesting to paint. The weather was considerably better than forecast, and although it was rather blowy near the water, shelter could be found in the lee of the clubhouse, or tucked behind structures nearby. Colours changed constantly, with the endless cycling of the clouds, but it made for interesting effects.
What can’t be captured are the particular sounds of the riverside – the clanking of lines against masts, the wash whenever a large vessel came past and the periodic calls of swifts and oyster catchers. As in previous workshops at St Mark’s Hall, Andrew was on hand to give advice and guidance to anyone who needed it. After a few hours intense concentration the painters availed themselves of the bar. It was well deserved as you can see from the paintings featured here.