A pastel painting of Hastings pier

A beautiful pelican

This has always been one of my favourite paintings.

 Limited edition prints of 'Contemplation' are available  here .

Limited edition prints of 'Contemplation' are available here.

I had driven to the Hastings pier on many occasions and taken lots of photographs - later deleting most if not all of them.

All the same, I knew this particular day was different.

Blue sky, wispy white clouds and lots of sunshine. Warm but not hot.

But it was more than that. I think it was the unique combination of boats, colours, the water and its reflections and of course the wonderful pelican.

I usually spend a lot of time sifting through a bulky wad of photos, in search of just the right pelican to complement a scene.

In this case, there was no need . The original composition was as natural as it was enchanting.