Jenny Keal – Sketching in Kent

David and I have just returned from a trip to Kent where David did a demonstration for Hythe Art Society at the stunningly beautiful Lympne Castle, overlooking Romney Marsh, to celebrate their 50th Anniversary. We were made very welcome by this warm and friendly art group and shared their celebration tea with them after the demonstration.

We took the opportunity whilst in this beautiful corner of England to explore Dover Castle, Folkstone Harbour and St Margaret’s at Cliffe, which yielded numerous sketching subjects. The weather was beautiful as we sketched the White Cliffs of Dover in the hazy sunshine.

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White Cliffs of Dover, St Margaret’s at Cliffe, sketch by Jenny Keal

I know I’ve said it before but I can’t emphasis enough how important sketching out of doors is to improve your painting. The watercolour sketch above only took about 30 minutes to complete. Working in a hardback cartridge paper sketchbook, with a slight breeze to dry the washes, I was aiming to capture the freshness of the morning and the delicate quality of the light. Leaving out lots of foreground detail to retain the freshness I was aiming for.

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Photograph, St Margaret’s at Cliffe

So often a sketch can capture something that is lacking in a finished painting, and working purely from a photograph can rarely portray the magic of a place. When I look at the sketch I can smell the sea, but not when I look at the photograph.

5 thoughts on “Jenny Keal – Sketching in Kent

  1. Hello Jenny, what a lovely water/c sketch, very refreshing, i can feel the water . i miss coming to see you and Davids painting sessions, but i am still painting . hope to see you again , when i travel back to England.

  2. Hello Jenny, . what a lovely water/c sketch, very refreshing , i can feel the water. i do miss coming to see you and Davids painting sessions, but i am still painting , hope to see you again when i travel back to England

  3. Hi Jenny,
    My post should have read, It drives me on to do more painting when I see the watercolour scecthes you have produced, wonderful work.

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