Painting Portland Bill – open studio co-operative effort

As part of the Spirit of Portland the Sculpture Hut was open to visitors with Stonechat providing a painting opportunity. Only a small task – to paint Portland Bill. In order to aid the process, and to inspire artists young an old, a basic outline of earth, sea, sky and key features (huts and lighthouse) was provided on a large sheet of heavy duty paper (re-cycled from my art course)

OS Painting the Bill - readiness

OS Painting the Bill – the studio is ready

OS the not quite blank canvas

OS the not quite blank canvas

We had some very enthusiastic young British artists arrive who got stuck in to painting the sea

First enthusiastic young artists

First enthusiastic young artists

To the lighthouse

Other feartures added

The other features included the Lobster Pot cafe, lots of grass and a few more huts ……some of which were on fire (due to excess of red paint)!

Then along came a couple of willing adults who built up some deatails

Mermaid ahoy

Mermaid ahoy

Besides a mermaid Mary added a very effective NE wind! Then a large sea creature appeared, maybe a jellyfish or possibly an octopus appeared, although we’re not sure who the adult artist was.

Surfing the shoreline

Surfing the shoreline

With the help of three more YBAs late in the afternoon the picture was almost done

Another pretty blue hut added

Another pretty blue hut added

Adding another boat and working hard at growing grass

Adding another boat and working hard at growing grass

And so by close of studio we have a magnificent wall painting – there’s still room for more detail to be added in the months to come

Painting at the end of the day

Painting at the end of the day

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4 Responses to Painting Portland Bill – open studio co-operative effort

  1. sarah gilpin says:

    I’m happy to report that the huts on fire cheerfully depicted by one YBA, were indeed imaginary. Thank you Wendy, this was a great project for the day and fantastic to have alongside the stone carving and general open studio. Given that those first YBA’s had been waiting all week for the occasion, I was extremely relieved you were there providing the expected entertainment! And very well steered I might add – the wall painting speaks for itself. I intend to add my contribution at some point this month…?!

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  2. sandra dorey says:

    What a brilliant project!!!

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  3. iHanna says:

    Colabs are so cool! What a great idea!

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