I love it up on the wild, rugged Cornish cliffs. You really feel in touch with the elements and the scenery is quite breathtaking. It doesn’t always necessarily translate well into painting material so it’s important to try and find the right sort of spot that provides an interesting painterly subject. I tend to find it’s the bigger, abstract shapes/design that is most important and you can find some really dynamic potential at places like Levant, Pendeen and Botallack. The wind can be an issue, along with the sun, but I tried to find spots on the shadow side of rocks (umbrellas aren’t very practical on the exposed locations).
I did two paintings on different days from the Levant cliffs (click images for larger versions):
More cliff action was had at Botallack. Tim and I both took on the Crowns and again I found a spot in the shade behind some rocks to stop the sun shining on the work surface:
As with a few of the other paintings, I found the palette knife was quite useful for suggesting the highlights on the water. The type of marks and the clean application of paint served the purpose better than the brush in certain circumstances. As a contrast, the darks were kept as transparent and unfussy as possible.