Day Eight – Wednesday 12th December

A south easterly wind meant one clear difference to last week, a temperature drop and noticeable wind without shelter from the huts. This is similar to the temperatures experienced a lot last year and I suspect will come as a shock to many of our Artisans who are new in 2018 who have only had mild conditions so far.

So, cool weather means layers of clothing, not sitting in the wind and drink hot drinks frequently. Not surprisingly many passers by did just that without stopping today, later in the day, some stopped, chatted and even visited the hut. In the afternoon interest was shown in one of the prints – “Windy Sunday” drawn during the event last year and the original was sold during Purbeck Art Weeks to a local couple. Later interest was shown in the original piece of a Swanage lifeboat, not the latest one. More card sales so some income for a day by the sea.

Inspite of the conditions I took some phone camera pics of the conditions and managed a couple of sketches of waves in front of me and on the beach to the north of the banjo pier / clock tower pier. Trying to capture the energy in pen and ink and using some scribble technique.

The tide has been higher in the mornings so there was a lot of spray over the end of this pier.

Apologies, look to your right – capturing the waves as they approach, hit and then move past the sides.

Two geography Groups today, this was a day trip from Oxford doing GCSE I would guess and for whom I answered the same questionnaire with 5 groups. The other group were with Geography man Ben from Leeson House and were I assume an A level group.

These sketches combined two views and the differing wave forms.

So a cold day, a test of stamina in staying open which did pay off. Also a day to see nature being more impressive. Tomorrow the forecast is colder, so more layers, a onesie as part of it so an Antarctic penguin in Hut 54 and some more drawing for me.

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