Fresh Air Fridays are what we call our outdoor painting group. Last Friday I was packing up to paint in the Adelaide Hills when my phone rang. After a very nice conversation with a friend I had breakfast and got ready to head out.


!!!  I couldn’t find my car keys.

For about 45 minutes I did lots of serious looking and retracing. Remember Ernie and Bert advising us to walk backwards through our day to find lost things? Not always easy when things haven’t registered in recent memory. I got a bit sick of it and decided to go to the nearby beach to paint instead.

At that point my off-sider loomed up to help. And help he did!
Those keys had fallen to the ground outside while I had been talking on the phone.
At that stage it was an hour past normal departure time so Plan B for Beach went into operation.

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A sunny June morning


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Beach painting, early in the process

Stepping back I noticed that my horizon was about half-way up the picture plane. Boring. And not as I had envisaged it in the beginning.

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It doesn’t really matter where the fresh air is on a Friday, but as you can see the beach was not very busy. There seemed to be more dogs than people. They whizzed around and past, up and back. One was a mad spotty thing which tore towards the easel at breakneck speed while I was emptying a water jar. No upset resulted thankfully!

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The office.

This is actually the second painting of two which have focused on the sandhills behind the shore, rather than the beach or shoreline itself. I have my reasons! More about that next time.




2 thoughts on “Fresh Air Fridays

  1. Patricia says:

    Philippa, Only a painter as creative as you would find sand hills to be more interesting than the normal beach/ocean compositions! Your new small painting above of this scene looks lovely. Enjoy your new blog very much!

  2. SPQ887 says:

    Hi Patricia ! It’s lovely to hear from you in this space. I have an ulterior motive painting these sandhills and plan to reveal more about that next time. I do like painting sand however because it allows me to mix all sorts of greys and creams. And it stands still for a couple of hours – in favourable conditions. I am very glad you like the new blog and thrilled that you visited, thank you! Philippa

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