I have produced prints of the piers from Saltburn to Brighton. From North Yorkshire, running down the East Coast, with a brief incursion up the Thames tideway to Gravesend, then out again, sweeping around the Kent Coast and along to East Sussex.

The only missing pier was Skegness, but a day out at the seaside, with a nice paddle out through small surf, got an image that I could work from, producing the final missing piece.

Although there are twenty one piers, with a couple of extra sights along the way, the old pier head at Herne Bay and the sad remains of Brighton West, there is a collection of twenty five prints, framed and ready for hanging.

Well, getting ready for a couple of new experiences, hanging the works on Monday 29 January (including my skin on frame kayak), and the exhibition opening on Tuesday 30 January.



Well, after an interesting meeting, I found out that the planned show for the end of February, is now a show at the end of January.

In the words of one of my favourite art books ‘Blimey’.

What seemed like a ton of time to get prints ready and framed, has reduced to a few weeks, creating a small sense of urgency and a lot of work.I have spent my last few days getting frames and mount board, ready for seeing in the New Year with a three day printing binge, I have just finished printing  36 prints for the show, only another eight to go, possibly ten if I manage to get to Skegness.

The weather forecast is looking a bit iffy, but if the opportunity to get to Skegness arises I will take it, work permitting, I don’t like loose ends.


The gallery are really helpful, and they are enthusiastic for the project, helping to get my skin on frame kayak to be hung as part of the exhibition. When Ben, the front of house manager, said I would not be paddling for a month, I had to explain the N + 1 rule, at nine boats, four of which are sea kayaks, finding boats is not a problem, and the delivery of eight Delphins at work has made boat choice interesting.

If you would like to have drink and chat, about art, kayaking or whatever, let me know if you are interested attending the private view, Tuesday 30 January,  18.00 to 20.00.

Thanks to:




Different Tack

I entered three prints at a local open exhibition.


As a change of pace I entered linocut prints.

A small print of an Avocet, based on a photo from a sea kayaking trip.

Two colour medium sized Green Cormorant, from a photo taken on a walk along the New River near Ware, in Hertfordshire.

Hestar, Icelandic horses photographed on a family holiday, a medium large print, a Jigsaw of eight pieces, individually inked, placed back together and printed in one pass through the press. 

I am pleased that the judges selected one of my prints, Hestar, for the show. 

It is certainly a new experience for me to see my print getting through, and to see it shown alongside some great pieces.

If you get a chance, pop along, the show is on until 6th May. Check http://www.courtyardarts.co.uk for opening times.

It’s been a while

I have been a bit quiet, but have still been getting out to piers.

19 piers have been visited, completed 15 plates and printed 13.

The end of August I took photos of Saltburn and Cleethorpes, a bit of a journey up the East Coast.

Then further ventures working my way around the South East, with a small diversion to try and get a decent photo of Walton on the Naze pier, not sure if I have succeeded in that.

It was nice to get Gravesend and Herne Bay in one day.

Carrying on around the coast, via Deal, Folkestone Harbour Arm, Hastings, Brighton and Eastbourne.

It was a glorious couple of days in February, catching up with friends in Brighton on Saturday after getting some nice shots of the pier and remains of a pier.

Then on Sunday made good use of the tide and weather to get a sneaky trip to Beachy Head from Eastbourne.

Which brings me up to date, with my Worthing problem. I have visited Worthing twice, driving down in beautiful sunshine to find Worthing covered in a sea mist on both occasions. 

Not completely wasted journeys, it not that often that I am the youngest person in a cafe.

So, still a couple to capture on the East Coast, Harwich Halfpenny and Skegness, carry on around the South Coast, only 40 to go.

Hopefully get a couple of days paddling next week.

Print Run

I had a weekend free, so decided to have a print run.

The day’s seemed to be spent inking and wiping, but managed to produce at least one of each pier etched so far.


Great Yarmouth Britannia

Great Yarmouth Wellington

Lowestoft South

Lowestoft Claremont





So that’s nine down, when I  started this the National  Piers Society had 56 on their list, it has gone up to 59, so this is either a race to finish, or a longer project than anticipated.

EC3 4 Piers 2 seals

Back to Great Yarmouth, a day planned around bagging the last four piers for this week. The local weather was a bit shabby, rain with a touch of thunder. But a quick check on the internet showed the thunder was moving offshore, so it was a skin on frame boat day, back to the Beach Hut for a pre paddle coffee and cake.

Setting off in bright sunshine, paddling south to Britannia, then on to Wellington. Not a lot of water round these piers.

But paddling back from Wellington pier, I was startled by a snorting noise behind me, as this curious seal joined me all the way back to the get out.

So making my way back up the beach, watched by the seal, that at one point I thought was going to get out with me, I loaded the kayak up and headed to Lowestoft, for Claremont and South Piers.

With a quick nod to the lifeguards, I set off on what looked like a simple paddle. A few shots of Claremont.

It was a short paddle across to South Pier. A little info sometimes helps, I wished I had read the pilot notes, the choppy waters around the harbour mouth wouldn’t have been a surprise. I could see the chop and mild chaos, which was ok when paddling, but stopping and taking pictures proved interesting, and a bit of company would have been appreciated, to lean on while clicking away.

It was a bit of a relief to get into calmer water, where the second seal of the day followed me, no pictures this time, but piers and seals, a good day.

East Coast part two

The plan for Wednesday was to try and get three piers, Cromer, and then follow the tide, drive to Great Yarmouth to catch two more piers. On the drive North, I wanted to do a quick site check at Great Yarmouth, sort out parking and access, parked close to the Beach Hut, good coffee and chocolate brownies.

In Cromer, parking on a steep hill near the pier and the RNLI museum, it was a short walk to the water.

Still working on Cromer Pier.

With added lifeboat station.

The dash down the coast to Great Yarmouth didn’t pay off, as I parked up the sea mist was rolling in, so back to Woodbridge, and plan the return visit.