The Wapping Group of Artists was formally founded in 1946 and is still going strong.
We departed with our coach from Portsmouth on the overnight ferry. First call on board is the very splendid restaurant where we all get to chat and catch up with what everyone has been up to.
Early next morning we arrived to paint in St Malo, unfortunately it was overcast and the tide was in so, no beach painting, I opted for a view of the carousel outside the walls
|St Malo 10" x 12" oil on board|
We arrived in Le Croisic late afternoon the real enthusiasts went straight off painting, Felicity and I decided to settle into our room and went for a walk to get the lie of the land.
6.30am next day, I was on the beach trying to capture the sunrise
|Sunrise, Le Croisic 6" x6" oil on board|
After breakfast I walked into the town, a bit of a hike in the heat with all the art gear, it took 20 mins.
The light was lovely over the calm sea and I did a couple of quickies
|Calm Sea, Le Croisic 6" x 6" Oil|
We had a couple of days painting in the town
|On The Bridge 10" x 12"|
|By the Flower Shop 6" x 6"|
|Market Day 12" x 12"|
|View from our balcony 10" x 12"|
On to Honfleur, our Hotel Ibis was ideally situated near the basin which I have to say was incredibly busy but it was a weekend. I took myself off to a quiet corner and painted the entrance to the harbour
|Honfleur 12" x 12"|
|The Lighthouse 7" x 10"|
Time went very quickly and I was also in danger of running out of boards as I'd only taken 20 but fortunately I'd brought some canvas I started to paint on that, taped onto board.
I decided to try and find the beach - wow what a long walk especially in as the temperature was in the high 20's, it took nearly an hour but was worth it
|Honfleur Beach 7" x 10"|
|Nougat Seller 10" x 10"|
|Green Boat 6" x 6"|
On the final day we weren't leaving until 1pm so managed to nip down to the Basin while it was quiet and painted this
|Honfleur 12" x 10"|
All in all it was an excellent trip and I have met some really lovely people and made lots of new friends. A bonus was meeting the talented Jose Salvaggio who came to join us for a couple of days. I have long admired his work.
Now all I need to do is sell a couple of the paintings so I can start saving up for next year