Posts Tagged ‘Cornwall’

Piggy

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

While I was on holiday with family in Cornwall this year my youngest niece came back from a day out with this lovely little cuddly pig. It is made out of a really soft plush corduroy with a really interesting texture. I couldn’t resist trying to capture this little character on paper.

This was quite a quick sketch. I started by blocking out the colour of the pig and it’s shadow using watercolours with a large brush. I then added the shade using pencil crayon and finally picked out the highlight colour and texture of the corduroy using a white conte crayon and using the rough grain of the watercolour paper.

Chapel Porth

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

If you aren’t already aware from some of my previous posts, Cornwall is one of my favourite places in the world. After I got back from holiday I just had to try to put some of the brilliant colours and shapes down on paper. The blues in particular you just don’t see often in the UK.

This is my impression of one of the most memorable views of my holiday. It was a pretty rainy week for our Cornish holiday this year but we were lucky enough to get a couple of lovely days and on one of them we took a walk over the cliff tops to Wheal Coates. We then walked back along the beach and finished with a pint over a view of the sea. This image is my interpretation of the view back up towards Chapel Porth and Wheal Coates up on the cliff.

The patterns made by the crowded clusters of glistening mussels on the rocks fascinate me. I’m very pleased with how this pattern transfers to paper. I think I may play around with this some more in some abstract pieces.

I will be selling the original of this painting in addition to limited edition giclee prints in 2 sizes. Please see my Etsy Shop for more details.

The original was created using Windsor & Newton Artists Watercolours and gouache on 14″x10″ Arches Hot Pressed (Smooth texture) watercolour paper.

For those of you who have already had a look at my Etsy shop, please note that as I have now had time to do some more homework I have reduced the postage costs for most of the products in my shop.

Eden Project

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

I have just returned from a very relaxing week in Cornwall. Away from all mobile signal and although I did have access to the web and a TV I pretty much ended up avoiding both. I hadn’t planned to do this but I must admit it was nice to take a break and good to be back online again now :)

I haven’t been completely idle while I was away. I have recently finished a couple of larger pieces that I had been asked to produce for friends. These are larger detailed pieces and I will soon be selling prints of these and a few of my older pieces through this website and Etsy. I have been talking about doing this for a while but I have finally got around to doing my homework and I’m nearly there, so watch this space.

A while before we went away I checked to see if there would be any gigs at the Eden Project while we were in Cornwall and for once there was, so I got Mat and I a pair of tickets to see Primal Scream perform Screamadelica.

We decided to head down early and make a day of it as we hadn’t been around the gardens and biomes for a few years, plus it would give me the chance to get at least one location sketch done during the holiday. I set myself up on a bench with a good view of the valley for an hour or so to sketch. While I was there Primal Scream themselves turned up on the stage to sound test and played a few of their best known tracks.

I had to stop before I was finished, to go and see Robin Ince doing a short gig in the Mediterranean Biome. I was planning to finish the sketch from photos but on second thoughts I decided I quite like it unfinished.

I have wanted to catch a gig there since I found out that they use it as a concert venue some years ago on a previous holiday. It is such a beautiful peaceful place and the Biomes and gardens make for a dramatic backdrop especially after the sun sets and they start to light the place up. Check out my snaps below.

Apart from the main gig and warm up acts across three stages, a couple of other highlights of the day were drinking a baobab smoothy and when a lady in the rainforest Biome decided to complain to me about the noise of the sound tests and warm up acts and asked me if I agreed, ‘doesn’t it spoil the peace?’ I replied apologetically that as I had paid to see the concert, I couldn’t really comment. She then apologised to me, not sure why.

Up on the cliff tops

Friday, September 17th, 2010

This is the last post from my week in Cornwall. I didn’t get out to sketch as much as I would have liked to but I did get time to walk up onto the cliff tops and do this quick sketch with conte crayon on pastel paper.

I like to see the old mine wheelhouses in Cornwall are well restored. You can see that these were very tough places to work and keeping them preserved serves as a good reminder of the difficult lives our previous generations lived so that we could live in such relative comfort. I remember my Grandad once saying of my generation ‘they really don’t know they’re born’, very true.

More Holiday Sketches

Sunday, September 5th, 2010

A couple more sketches from my holiday in Cornwall. I didn’t have much time for each of these hence them looking a little unfinished.

That said I still managed to get my left arm sunburnt while doing the first sketch. That is the second time I’ve got burnt while sketching, I think I just assume that there is no way the sun will be out long enough to burn in the UK. I will learn my lesson and buy a small squeezy bottle to put suntan lotion in that will fit in with my sketching gear.

I think the bird in this sketch is a kestrel. It kindly hovered and posed just in front of me for some time before suddenly diving to catch some lunch.

Holiday

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

We have just got back from a week away in Cornwall. I’m not going to say exactly where because it is a lovely quiet village and I would like to keep it that way ;)

It was a quiet holiday, we have been there a couple of times before so don’t feel much of a need to go out and see other places in the area. Just a great opportunity to relax and unwind. However this year was a little different as I did get out and do a few sketches around the village and the cliffs.

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