Lyme’s Cobb harbour inspires painting

Joan Scott with her painting of Lyme's historic Cobb harbour. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Joan Scott with her painting of Lyme's historic Cobb harbour. Picture: CONTRIBUTED - Credit: Archant

Joan Scott demonstartes her work to the town’s art society

A semi-abstract painting inspired by a harbour view of the Cobb provided a real treat for members of Lyme Regis Art Society last week.

It was created Dorset-based artist Joan Scott whose inspiration for collage and mixed media came from time spent studying with the talented Mike Bernard.

Members enjoyed looking at Joan’s detailed sketchbooks of Dorset coastal towns as she described the different creative steps.

Starting with a vague brown paper coastline for a background and a foreground of crushed eggshells and textured sand paste, Joan went on to use a wide variety of mixed media to bring her painting to life. Black lava past and white pumice paste where some of the more unusual textures.

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Joan likes to make her own collage papers. Textured wallpaper, machine-stitched paper and corrugated card formed the different layers in the harbour walls, buildings and fishing boats. The sky and foreground were then covered with Indian Yellow acrylic ink – an unusual yet very effective choice. She then used a diffuser to blow dilute acrylic ink onto the textured surfaces.

Pieces of scrap mountboard were used to scrape ink forming the building rooves, windows and doors. Joan then used the edges of the mountboard dipped in dark ink to form the straight edges of the masts and rigging, and white ink to represent the light catching the ripples in the water. To complete the painting, Joan used oil pastel crayons for detail – fenders, reflections and touches of light.

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The result was a picture with colour, texture and depth.

Examples of Joan’s work can be found at

Lyme Regis Art Society meets on alternate Tuesdays in The Woodmead Halls from 2pm to 4pm until the end of March.

Its next meeting, on October 16 , will feature an oil demonstration by Geoff Storer entitled Hengist Storm.

Visitors and new members are always welcome to go along. For further details please contact Sheila Stratton on 01297 445464 or visit the society’s website at

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