In true lazy bank holiday fashion I’ve left it until now to write this week’s post. It’s going to be a short one as I’m exhausted from the weekend’s antics!

The weather was amazing for our two night camping trip to Gwithian, Cornwall, even though it was a little cold in the evenings and in the wind.

As the waves were good on Friday, I sat on the beach and did a bit of drawing while Sam went surfing. The sun was shining so I found a sheltered spot next to some mussel-covered rocks which made for an interesting drawing subject. This is a biro sketch which took about 45 minutes.

ballpoint pen drawing

This is the group of mussels I was drawing. Excuse the fuzziness, some numpty (erm…me) put a fingerprint on the lens right at the beginning of the weekend and made all the pictures cloudy.

biro pen drawings

The rock was covered from top to bottom with mussels making wet, squelchy noises the whole time I was drawing.

pen and ink drawings

The beach itself was beautiful and only a five minute walk over the dunes from Gwithian Farm campsite where we were staying. Backed by grassy dunes, the golden sand stretches for as far as the eye can see. This photo really doesn’t do it justice.

Gwithian beach

We went to St. Ives on Saturday which was really pretty, if a bit busy with tourists! It’s not hard to see why everyone loves it though; numerous gorgeous beaches, lots of pretty boutiques and galleries and enough pasty shops and cafés to try a new one each day for weeks!

Porthgwidden beach, St Ives

The wind came along with the sun on Saturday though, so instead of getting blown to bits on the beach after our trip to St. Ives, I stayed on the campsite to do some sketching while Sam surfed.

I didn’t get too far with this ballpoint pen drawing, but you get the idea!

ballpoint pen drawings

ballpoint pen drawings

ballpoint pen drawings

I had a play with paper when we got back. This is a silhouette I cut of Sam’s head. Pretty good fit, eh?

I’m sharing today’s post on the following blogs: Handmade Harbour, Sunny Simple Life and Manon Popje’s Illustrations.


Glad you had a good time Clare, the beach at Gwithian looks so lovely, will have to look it up as we are off to Cornwall in a couple of weeks, will see if its near us, would love to go there. Love the drawings especially the musscles, i am drwn to musscles in some sort of weird way x

How fabulous – I am glad you had a great weekend. LUV your mussel drawing 🙂 What a great silhouette of Sam – brilliant.
I did the thumb thing to my camera the first time I ever went abroad on holiday. I was so annoyed when every single pic had a fuzzy middle. !! Nice to know I am not the only numpty in the world LoL
IKE xxxxxxxx

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