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):

‘Towards Pendeen from Levant’, 10x13in, oil on board


‘Levant cliffs’, 10x13in, oil on board

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:

‘Crowns at Botallack’, 10x13in, oil on board

‘Zawn, Botallack’, 8x10in, oil on board

I really enjoyed painting this little Zawn with Tim. The light moved round fast but we couldn’t resist it after being revived by a brew from Tim’s Kelly kettle!
Tim lights the Kelly kettle which serves us well, accompanied by some much needed chocolate biscuits to boost our energy levels. At Levant there is another Zawn (Trewellard) which we figured would look good against the light in the late afternoon sun. I decided to give it a go and was pleased with the end result:
‘Trewellard Zawn’, Levant 10x13in, oil on board

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.

I feel quite at home painting by the sea. Here’s a slightly dodgy little clip of the scene as I was wrapping things up.
A couple more action shots from the end of the trip.
This shot of Roy made me laugh as it looks like he’s using a pink cocktail umbrella as a sun shade :)
Tim, is that umbrella actually doing anything?


Roy painting a view of Land’s End


Tim perched on the rocks painting the ‘Irish Lady’


Tim and Roy towards Land’s End
The sun sets on another great trip but hopefully it won’t be too long before the next one.