I recently spent a few enjoyable days painting with friends down in Cornwall and we were based in the Padstow area which has lots to offer when it comes to inspiring coastline. The weather wasn’t too bad with just the one ‘in a cloud’ day.

As always, Bedruthan Steps didn’t disappoint and is always a challenge to paint

‘High tide, Bedruthan Steps’ – 12x16in, oil on board
‘Receding tide, Bedruthan’  – 6x8in, oil on board
‘Beacon Cove, near Bedruthan’ – 8x12in, oil on board
Portcothan proved a real find and the cliffs around the bay are superb.
‘Headland at Portcothan Bay’ – 8x12in, oil on board

For the one below I made a 10 minute dash from the cliff to my car to grab a bigger board having eyed up the view. It seemed to demand an bigger effort and was worth the run in the mid day heat!

‘Portcothan Bay’, 10x22in, oil on board
‘Treyarnon Bay, late afternoon’ – 8x10in, oil on board


‘Constantine Bay’ – 5×9.5in, oil on board

Polzeath has a lovely wide beach and lots of surfers which seeme to work nicely as a subject


‘Surfs up, Polzeath’ – 11x14in, oil on board
‘Surfers at Polzeath’ – 8x16in, oil on board


‘Early evening, Polzeath’ – 6x8in, oil on board
‘Gerrans Bay, Portscatho’ – 8x20in, oil on board


‘Waves rolling in, Portcothan’ – 8x16in, oil on board


‘Clifftop perch, Trebarwith’ – 9×11.5in, oil on board


‘Low tide, Camel estuary’  – 6x14in, oil on board


‘Low tide, Newquay harbour’ – 8x14in, oil on board
As soon as I left Cornwall I was missing it. Can’t wait to be back!