Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Then and now

We started our evening walk at Limeslade, took the top path round the cliffs and ended at Rotherslade. The tide was in and young boys were daring each other to leap off Donkey Rock before the waves knocked them off.


Rotherslade was 'our' beach when I was growing up. The closest proper beach to our house we would walk there any sunny - or not so sunny - day in the summer holidays, and stretch out on the sand, our tender skin covered in coconut oil: we cooked rather than tanned!


Many years before that Storr's Rock, as it was known then, and Langland Bay were the focus for a number of paintings by the Impressionist artist, Alfred Sisley.
The one on the right was painted in 1897.




13 comments:

Leslie: said...

Impressionism is my favourite style of painting, especially Monet's pictures. But I do love Sisley's as well.

Puss-in-Boots said...

I love the colours in Sisley's painting of the rock.

Yes, we used to cook ourselves in the sun, too, but have learnt better these days.

ChrisJ said...

I like that painting. I also like impressionism.

Suburbia said...

Looks beautiful x

Gledwood said...

Sounds like a place from an Enid Blyton novel... "MYSTERY AT STORRS ROCK!"

Furtheron said...

You do live in a most beautiful place

James Higham said...

Oh, atmospheric.

CherryPie said...

I love impressionist paintings but this one is quite inferior to your original picture.

That pic is quite amazing!

NitWit1 said...

Loved the painting but the b/w has a mystical feeling to it.

nick said...

Oh Cherry Pie, Alfred Sisley is inferior? As atmospheric as Liz's photo is, surely Sisley's painting is an amazing interpretation that makes us see the rock and the sea in a completely different way. Or am I on my own here?

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Well, I didn't know that about Sisley. It looks a very special place.

Aileni said...

That photo ought to be your Mono this week - lovely.

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