At the end of September, my partner, Sam, and our little Munchkin took a trip to Cornwall for a week. We stayed in a lovely spacious cottage close to Helston, and spent our days exploring all the little coastal towns and villages on both the north and south coasts.
The cottage was called Higher Trenower Honeysuckle, and it was perfect for us. Particularly as there was nothing for little hands to break, and plenty to keep them occupied! There’s a play barn with slides and pedal along tractors, which I’m sure was the highlight of the week for my son, and a play area and trampoline (“trampine, trampine!”) outside. The kitchen is huge, so that’s where I set up to paint each day.
With a little one in tow it was impossible to do any sketching out and about, so I did the next best thing and took lots of photos to use as references once back at the cottage.
Here are a few of my paintings of Cornwall.
This is St Ives – it looks a bit flat and I think that’s down to the tonal values all being quite similar – particularly on the water. There’s no really light sections, or shadows to give an idea of depth.
I do like the drawing though, the buildings and the people, so it was good practice.
Next I did these paintings of Porthleven, and I much prefer them.
I’m very pleased with the water in the painting below, I think the dark shadows and white highlights really give the illusion of ripples. I particularly like the boat with the blue tarpaulin where the light is reflected back up onto the bow from the water.
I’m pleased with my little painting of the Harbour Inn too. Sam and I were watching people drinking wine, sat in the sunshine in the window of their room and saying how lovely it would be to stay there.
The waves at Porthleven were incredible!
I did do another painting of the pool where Sam took Munchkin swimming, but it’s so bad it’s embarrassing so you’re not going to see that one!
Thanks for stopping by, see you again soon!