'Early evening, Sennen Cove' - 10x18in, oil on board
This was a bigger piece (12x16in) attempted in the force 7 winds we enjoyed down by the jetty in Sennen. After a little surgery back in the studio it seemed to hold up and capture something of the energy from the moment. I really liked Tim's and Mike's paintings of this subject.
Force 7 waves, Sennen jetty - 12x16in, oil on board
Before returning home I happily spent a few days with family up near Padstow and enjoyed exploring new terrain along that stretch of the coast. I was perhaps a little ambitious attempting a 16x20in at Bedruthan given the speed at which the tide and light were shifting but I got the essentials down and tidied things up a bit afterwards. Those rocks can be tricky in oils (I was conscious of not making them too dark so they they end up drab/murky) and they are quite distinctive shapes too.
'Bedruthan Steps' - 16x20in, oil on board
Port Isaac was a pleasant find and once I'd negotiated the Doc Martin crew (they were actually filming about 50 metres away) I found a spot standing rather precariously on some slimy seaweed down in the harbour. Luckily it was low tide and there were a couple of nicely placed boats to work with.
'Boats at rest, Port Isaac harbour' - 10x14in, oil on board
My least productive day was when I ventured to Polperro. It was quite a long drive and we had that sort of 'in a cloud' sea mist/drizzle most of the day. Greeted with hoards of tourists I struggled to find a secluded spot and after a couple of wiped efforts settled on this arrangement, attempting to hone in on the subtle shifts in tones and colours. At least I could to head back to camp with something worth keeping anyway!
'Boat study, Polperro harbour' - 8x16in, oil on board
I had a very pleasant morning painting at Portcothan Bay and despite the sun not making much of an appearance there was a nice offering of subtle colours to work with. It's a popular spot and the bustle of people brought lots of energy to the subject. I was standing on some elevated dunes to paint this (you can see the fringes of grass in the foreground).
'Portcothan Bay - 10x13in', 10x13in oil on board
Another one from Portcothan Bay, this time pitched up against the headland in the painting above and looking across to the other side of the bay. I liked the shape of the rock and the surfers were very obliging in bringing a bit of interest to the subject. I made use of the reflection of the headland in the wet sand in the foreground too. I quite like the simplicity and directness of this piece and I'm tempted to leave those grains of sand in the foreground too!
'Surfers at Porthcothan Bay' - 6x14in, oil on board
A very enjoyable trip, painting with pals and spending time with family down in Cornwall. Itching to get back there already!