Rock samphire, starlings and shelduck ,
Monotype, 60 cm x 42 cm
This monotype conveys some key elements of a scene from a windy day on the Lymington Reserve. Struggling to find somewhere sheltered to draw I hunkered down under a sea wall looking out across the saltmarsh. Initially I was drawn there by the flock of starlings foraging in the mud and then departing en masse to what I presumed were a number of full nests back on the main reserve. As I sat drawing I noticed a fantastic plant emerging from the dark wall, with familiar umbelliferous stems but leaves that were more like those of succulents. Thanks to my Seek app I identified it as Rock Samphire and I had to try to capture it’s gorgeous minty green leaves, the structure of its umbellifers and the yellow lichen behind it – what a small wonder!