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.

Higher Trenower Honeysuckle

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.

Watercolour painting of St Ives

I do like the drawing though, the buildings and the people, so it was good practice.

Watercolour painting of St Ives

Watercolour painting of St Ives

Next I did these paintings of Porthleven, and I much prefer them.

Watercolour painting of Porthleven

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.

Watercolour painting of Porthleven

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 Harbour Inn, Porthleven - watercolour


The waves at Porthleven were incredible!

Waves at Porthleven

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!

If you’d like to read about our other trips to Cornwall, see my blog posts here and here.

Thanks for stopping by, see you again soon!

I’m sharing this post on the following blogs: Handmade Harbour and Paint Party Friday!


They look lovely to me, the effect of the water is beautiful.
I love Cornwall, when I was a kid we went to Holywell bay near Newquay every year and had the best time. My mum was a huge Daphne Du Maurier fan and we used to visit the kind of places she wrote about.

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