Great Yarmouth Beach in Winter
Acrylic on Acrylic Board. (A3) (Unframed)
This was taken from the Norfolk sketch book and photo images from last November (2017). Whenever I visit Norwich, which I usually do about 3 times a year, I always make the trip to Great Yarmouth. For me, a trip of pure nostalgia. It’s a place I used to visit as a child, when living in Norwich. Holiday days out. or a Saturday drive, ever since I was an infant, it’s always been a place I’ve visited and loved. Whether it’s the fun fair, or the waterways, or the walk along the front with smells of sea food, candy floss and chips, it doesn’t matter. It’s all part of that rich mix of memories.
As a teenager its the place where me and my pals drove out to on a Saturday night in order to meet girls on holiday from ‘up north’; those scented creatures with strange accents.
And later with my own family, a place especially visited in winter months, where long walks could be taken along miles of unpopulated golden sand, whipped up by the wind. In each situation, I loved it, and still do.
So I have painted it several times. One painting of a few years back sold at the RA Summer Exhibition. This is a similar view, but no men fishing in this one; rather people with a pram.
I like the architectural shapes of the old beer garden in the background, and the dockside cranes, and maybe it’s an oil or gas rig in the distance. I love the expanse of sand. All together, I just like painting Gt Yarmouth beach