Sketch of Boscastle in the Rain

Boscastle Cornish Coast Sketch

It looked pretty much like this today.  A little sketch showing the harbour mouth, with the fabulous slate rock. I love the colours when it rains – they have a depth and translucence to them. Hoping for some sunshine over the weekend, though.

Hope you have a good one.

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Sketching at Lanterdan Quarry

Lanterdan Quarry Cornwall Coast Drawing

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.

Old Post Office, Tintagel Drawing

Old Post Office Tintagel Pen & Ink Drawing

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.

Medieval ManFish

Medieval Creature Man Fish Carving Drawing

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.

Cornish Fuchsias drawing

Fuchsia drawing

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 🙂