One day sun, next day rain….
A little drawing I did outside of a wonderfully moody sky over Tintagel castle and coast. Lundy Island in the distance. One of those views I’d like to make into a B-i-g Painting. The easel is ready. The canvases are ready. Maybe this autumn…
Sketching at Lanterdan Quarry near Trebarwith Strand
Was out here sketching a couple of days ago. I really love drawing the Cornwall rock formations, and this pillar is especially interesting because it’s been so hacked about – the angles are so irregular and very challenging to capture. This pillar is the reject stone, apparently – it wasn’t worth quarrying, so the men worked around it. What a stunning reject! Read more at Lanterdan Quarry
This is a preparatory drawing for the first painting in a new series. Been wanting to paint this little stretch of coast for a while – now is the time! Watch this space.
The Old Post Office, Tintagel (detail)
Pen & Ink Drawing 11×7.5ins / 28x19cm
Just started a series of drawings of The Old Post Office, Tintagel. Quaint old building with delightful nooks and crannies, and not a straight line to be seen. Hope I’ve captured some of that here. Lovely to be using pen and ink again – so long since I’ve done any drawing. I’m using a dip pen here. It gives a lovely characterful line, and is a link with the past – think Van Gogh used one.
Hope you’re having a great weekend, and thanks for visiting.
Watercolour, 30 x 20 cm/11.5 x 8 ins
Bude was surprisingly green the other day. I drew this from the lovely Wroes coffee shop. My first time sketching in a café – only got a few strange looks! I had to wait until I got home to put the colour washes on – by the time I’d finished drawing, the view was obscured by rain. Bude’s still a great place to draw, though, even in the mizzle. You can see a couple of my other paintings of Bude here and here . Both are still available on my website should you be interested.
Thanks for looking, and hope you’re having a good weekend.
Illustration of a Medieval Chest Carving
Yes, I bet that post title got your attention! Haven’t managed to do much painting this week, so I give you this little drawing of a detail from a medieval chest I once saw. The frieze on the chest was about four inches high (nine cm), but had the most remarkable detail. It was in a stately home in the West Country, but I didn’t note down where, so alas, I’ve no idea where you’ll find it.
I love medieval carvings and art. If you like them too, there’s a very good book you may care to look at – The Medieval Menagerie by Janetta Rebold Benton – and you can also find some at Into the Hermitage from the hugely talented and amazing Rima Staines
And if anyone finds the name of this creature, which is surely not ‘ManFish’!, then I’d be pleased to know it.
Hope you have a good weekend.
Windswept Tree – Sketchbook Drawing
The weather’s been good again here this week, so I did this little sketch outside, on the cliffs. I wanted to capture the way the wind blows the tree, and the strong shadows and colours – the wondrous blues, golds and russets at this time of year.
Hope you have a good weekend, notwithstanding …
Fuchsia Flowers Study
Pen & watercolour on paper
Just a little drawing study of the fuchsias that grow almost wild here in Cornwall. Less showy than their cultivated counterparts, but the bees love them. The leaves are small, and profuse, and the stems and foliage share some of the colour of the flowers. I love their dancing gaiety – such beautiful shapes and colours. Just heard on the radio about the demise of the sketchbook among artists – not so here. Trying to do a drawing every day – hope you like them 🙂