architecture, art, beach, inspiration

at Anderby Creek

First few days of spring, and a beautiful day on the east coast of Lincolnshire. Wide sweeping stretches of sand and dunes where the land meets the North Sea

We took the VW camper for a drive to our favourite local beach at Anderby Creek

Here we find some fascinating installations Structures on the Edge, small scale artistic architecture designed to respond to the natural elements in semi-remote coastal locations

At Anderby Creek sits the Cloud Bar, a larch clad building with a cloud viewing platform and cloud mirrors reaching up to reflect the sky down to the earth. It has a cloud spotting menu and is endorsed by the Cloud Appreciation Society. I love it

Just a little further along the beach is the Round and Round house. It was selected from the international Bathing Beauties (re-imagining the beach hut design competition), as being ideal for bird watching. I love how internally it spirals up to the sky

We explored further south along the beach this time as the day was so beautiful, and found the Sound Tower at Chapel Six Marshes

Perched high in the dunes, this structure is designed to focus on our senses and the windswept nature of the site. After climbing the steps and entering the bright yellow interior, the building unexpectedly tips forward to give a view of the beach, the sky and sea. Brilliant

These simple structures sit effortlessly in the natural environment. Quirky and fun, with the element of surprise, they enhance this lovely stretch of beach; and I’m on the look out for more…


art, collage, creative practice, France, mixed media, modern art, Pyrenees, Sketchbooks, travel

From the South of France to Cambridge

Following my motorbike breakdown in a heavy rainstorm in Spain, we found ourselves unexpectedly spending the next weekend in Ceret in the Eastern Pyrenees. What a delight it turned out to be…



a leafy street in Ceret

Ceret is the home of the Musee d’Art Moderne, where we saw work by Picasso, Masson, Maillol, Frere, Herbin, Soutine, Dufy and more


Auguste Herbin

I picked up a tiny book about Herbin’s process of collaging elements to create a scene, and these ideas travelled with me back home and then on to a workshop in Cambridge UK, facilitated by fine art collage artist Karen Stamper

Using my travel sketchbook to prompt a collage abstracted from my memories, quick sketches, and postcards from Ceret:


my travel book with postcard of art work by Andre Masson


my collage created at Karen Stamper’s Cambridge workshop

A most enjoyable sketchbook and collage play day with happy travel memories!