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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St Ives

St Ives photo boats harbour spring quay

Last week was my birthday week, so I took a short holiday to St Ives.  It’s a place that’s growing on me, and I really enjoyed my stay – lots of good food, good art, walking round the beaches and generally chilling. The art there is so good – I found it very inspiring and came back with lots of ideas to try.

One highlight was the Tate St Ives Virginia Woolf exhibition.  For me, it was worth going for the Laura Knight paintings alone: they are stunning. The paintings by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham were also fab – this one in particular. Alas, no photography was allowed, so I’ ve given the links, in case you want to take a look.  It was wonderful to see all the paintings up close: you just don’t get any real idea of their scale or impact from books. And the room full of self portraits by women artists was just amazing: I discovered some artists there whose work I wasn’t even aware of. The exhibition’s touring the UK. Highly recommended.

The other galleries in St Ives also have lots of wonderful work – I particularly liked these little pots by Geoffrey Swindell in the Porthminster Gallery.

Lidded Vessel by Geoffrey Swindell

Lidded Vessel by Geoffrey Swindell

And now –

back to work 🙂

Celebrating Five Years Blogging – and a Giveaway!

Boscastle Tower Sunset Signed Landscape Print from Original Painting

Signed Limited Edition Print of ‘Boscastle Tower, Sunset’
which I’m giving away as a Thank You gift – see below!

I’ve just received Congratulations from the WordPress people on my Five Year Anniversary of Blogging. Wow! I hadn’t realised it was that long. And I just checked on my stats – 150 posts. Not bad. But – almost 80 finished paintings!! How awesome is that! I’m sure  that without the blog, and the encouragement and support I found here, I wouldn’t have achieved that many, or perhaps any at all. And maybe I wouldn’t even still be painting. So thank you all – old-timers and newbies and everyone in between. I so appreciate your visiting here and taking the time to look at my work. And thank you for all the comments and likes, too. And now I have something for you.

As a BIG THANK YOU, I’d like to give away a signed limited edition print of the painting above to one of my lovely followers. It’s one of my favourites, so I hope you like it too.

All you have to do is ‘Like’ this post, and your name will be put in the hat. That’s all. Totally free, no catch. The lucky winner’s name will be drawn next Saturday.

Thank you once again – and here’s a toast. Cheers!

Cheers!

Bude Harbour Painting

Bude Harbour Boats Cornwall Painting

Bude Harbour Painting in Progress ( Mixed Media 11×11 ins / 28×28 cm )

I’ve been working on this one today. Feels good to be back painting after the seasonal break. I changed the colours slightly, to make them more – well, colourful! And warmer – I thought the original had too much of a frosty feeling. See what you think – a detail of the original was posted back here Bude Harbour painting in progress .

I’m very happy with it now, and I think it may be finished. I like the sketchy feel to it, and don’t want to lose that freshness. So I’ll put it away for a few days, and then look at it again. That usually works.

Hope you’re having a good weekend, and thanks for looking.

 

 

 

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.

Sketching on a cold winter’s day

Actually, I was cheating! I was indoors, doing some little sketches from photos and generally playing. I wanted to try out my lovely new Inktense Blocks (by Derwent), which I was given for Christmas. I love that they’re a drawing medium, but that you can then wet them, at which point they become like paint. And then they dry, and you can draw over them again. So great possibilities for working back and forth. And unlike watercolour pencils, they don’t shift once they’re dry, so you can put other colours on top. I think they’ll be great for sketching outdoors – they’re very quick to use, light and easy to carry, and very versatile.

There’s a very useful demo at How to use Derwent Inktense Blocks
and you can also use them on fabric which I’m itching to try 🙂
See the demo here Derwent Inktense Pencils on Fabric – Jackson’s Art Supplies

Derwent Inktense Blocks