When the weather was as its recent best, we took a short trip along the coast to Rottingdean. The main aim was to try to avoid Brighton’s increasingly crowded beaches.
It was a good move for lots of reasons – not least because towards the end of the afternoon we took some ice creams for a walk along the promenade. We came across a row of fabulous concrete beach huts built right at the base of the chalk cliffs. They’re quite incongruous really but I also think they’re quite beautiful! On this particular occasion there were some friends enjoying each other’s company outside one of the beach huts beneath a red umbrella.
I took some reference pictures of the scene and, the following day, painted this view:
It was here that an owner of one of the beach huts saw the painting and contacted me to enquire whether it was available to buy.
A few emails later and, almost before I knew it, this painting was mounted framed and distance delivered.
Here are some of the images I sent to show the painting mounted and framed.
I can’t imagine what the odds of all this must be considering how few of these beach huts there are in Rottingdean!
I’ve since received some wonderful feedback about the painting that included one of my new most prized compliments:
“Concrete has never been rendered so atmospheric and alluring!”
It’s fair to say that the whole unexpected experience has lifted my spirits immeasurably!
Now, if all of this wasn’t enough of a coincidence, it turns out that the buyer of the painting actually shares the beach hut with a friend.
When the friend saw this painting, she liked it so much that she approached me to see if I could replicate it.
I’ve subsequently done two more versions of the same view that are currently under consideration.
Episodes like this are pretty rare in my experience, which makes them all the more exciting and important to celebrate when they do occur!
Here then is my toast: to unlikely occurrences and happenstances of the most fortunate and delightful kind!