Sketching the North Cornwall Coast

Sketch Drawing Boscastle Cornwall Coast Spring

Coast, Boscastle – Sketchbook Study, Pen & Watercolour

Bright skies yesterday, with wonderful warm sunshine.

One day sun, next day rain…

Hope you’re having a happy Sun-day!

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This is where I want to be ….!

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Drawing of Stile on Cornwall coast path, Tintagel castle

Only time to post a quick drawing this week. No time for painting, alas, or walking. Just toiling for the man. But next week – ah, I will be strolling in the sunshine!

Hope you enjoy your weekend.

 

Pencil Drawing – ‘Shore’

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‘Shore’ – Pencil drawing on paper ( 16.6×18 ins / 42×46 cm )

Here’s one of my drawings from a while back. Still one of my favourites. It’s pretty abstracted, but it always reminds me of rocks and the flotsam on the shore, so I gave it a title.  Maybe I’ll get around to framing it sometime (the frame here is virtual, not real, alas.) It’s quite a large drawing, and I’d really like to do some more like that. I’ve just ordered some large size heavyweight paper, so maybe I will.

I’m taking part in an exhibition by my art group – Gwynngala – over the Easter weekend at Cowslips Studio, Launceston, North Cornwall . There’ll be paintings and quilts and textile art (including some new work of mine!). They have a wonderful cafe with excellent food, too. Worth a visit.

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Happy springtime!

Bude Beach Winter Painting

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Bude Beach Winter Painting – In Progress (Acrylic, 60x20cm)

I was talking here about painting a series of pictures this year, every week, of the same subject, and seeing how the light and season changes the scene. And I’ve hit upon my subject! It’s always hard to choose just one because so many ideas come to me. But I’ve chosen Bude beach – I love the wonderful sense of sky and space in this view, which to me just encapsulates what I love about Bude.

And the series will tie in with my solo exhbition there in October. I hope to be able to show these quicker studies alongside the larger paintings.

I was thinking of working further on this one, but I kind of like it as it is. Wonder what you think? More work, or move on to the next one?

Boscastle Tower – A Series?

Boscastle Cornwall Lookout Tower Langdscape Drawings paintings

Weekly Photo Challenge – Variations on a theme

I’ve been thinking about painting in series this week, and making a little list of series that I’d like to do. Then, taking the photos for the post here, I was reminded of an idea I’ve had for a while, of making a year long series – drawing and painting a scene or motif throughout the year. Because when I head out to draw, I sometimes think I should draw something different, rather than the same old (even though it is beautiful). But when I get the drawings home, and see them all together like this, I realise they aren’t the same. The colours are different, and the weather,  and the sky, and I’m different when I make them. And that makes the whole thing very interesting and worthwhile. So maybe I’ll do that this year – paint the little Tower, or something else, every week. And see the changes. Take time for that.

Many artists have also worked in series – here are some of my favourites:

Van Gogh – Sunflowers

Monet – Rouen Cathedral 

Monet – Haystacks

and coincidentally there’s a new  Monet exhibition this year at the National Gallery

AND –  just a reminder – I’m offering a giveaway of a free print of the Boscastle Tower at Sunset. It ends tomorrow, so pop over to this post and ‘Like’ the post to be in with a chance of winning. Thank you to all who have already done so – and Good Luck!

 

 

A Walk in the Sun

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The weather has been wonderful, and it’s been so lovely to be out walking in the sun again. Here are some photos from my walk, including one with the sheep living on the edge – literally!

Not quite warm enough for me to sketch outside. but it’s coming. Can feel spring in the air. The daffodils are emerging, & soon the little lambs will too. Can’t wait!

The Coast Path – wonderful shadows. Only noticed them when I uploaded the photo.