The exhibition is open now until the 27th August. Open Tues - Sat from 10am to 5pm. Free admission
Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Elmfield House, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LX
T: 01404 45006
The beach (Quartz sand) is often strewn with debris from the algal seaweed and beds of Zostera sea-grass just offshore...and I began by floating the paper at the edge of the in-coming tide line. Sand and bits of debris settled on the paper and the composition was established by the chance deposition. Over the following breezy but fine days, cumulus clouds came and went, Lesser Black Back Gulls, a few Oyster-Catchers and Red Shanks landed, rested, flew away... dog walkers, a ship anchored off Old Harry...and the next day three canoes worked their way along to Old Harry. Some of these elements are still visible- others have been buried. Grated white and cream lumps of chalk provide the particular luminosity of the work. It's a heavy painting now- but Khadi paper is tough stuff and can withstand heavy treatment. Cobalt and Scarlet Lake gouache were used but I don't remember needing any other tubes of paint.
The beach is at the junction between the Chalk (Upper Cretaceous - Campanian) and the Reading Formation (Palaeocene). There used to be clearly visible at the south corner of South Beach a gently sloping boundary between the pale creams of chalk and the red ocres of the Reading formation flowing over it. Cliff falls have now hidden it but the richly varied palette of pigments in the cliffs remain.