Well, I seem to publish once a season in here. I need to catch up with the current one before November is over!
Though Christmas is approaching I’ll write a nostalgic post about the summer gone. We went to Cornwall 5 times this year due to family circumstances, and I couldn’t miss a day there without a drawing. This beautiful country just turns my artistic button on! And since we were there last time in August I haven’t picked a paint brush. The button is on ‘off’ position. Magic!
You should visit Cornwall at least once in your lifetime! Put it down onto your New Year’s resolution list. 😉
View from Granny’s top room
View from Granny’s front garden
Clodgey, St Ives
On the way from Clodgey to St Ives
The Island, St Ives
View from Granny’s back garden
Clodgey, St Ives
View from Granny’s top room 2
Sea thrift in June
Sea thrift on CLodgey
Clodgey.Tate St Ives is in the distance.
Hollywell bay, where Drake and Morwenna met so many times (Poldark)
View from Granny’s front garden 2
St Michael’s Mount
Near Galver mine
View from Granny’s front garden 3
St Michael’s Mount
Island in St Ives, from Pitch and Putt
On the Island, St Ives
Cornwall’s countryside hasn’t changed in centuries. In few places farm fields still have divisions formed throughout the Iron Age and are preserved to this day. The feeling that you are on earth as it was created never leaves you, when you’re staring into the sea from a coastal path. Also I haven’t seen such beautiful wild flowers anywhere else on the South coast (though I haven’t travelled very much). They are so soft and tender.
Here are some pictures from our second week in West Cornwall.
A6, 12x24cm and 17x24cm albums, watercolours and occasional markers use on paper.
Wild flowers of Cornwall. Cloggy, St Ives
Porthmeor beach, A6.
Portheras, nr Pendeen
Granny’s garden, St Ives.
Sunset over Cloggy’s rocks
Twilight hour on Smeaton’s pier, St Ives
Godrevy lighthouse from the Island, St Ives
St Michael’s Mount, nr Penzance
Grey day in St Ives
Carn Galver mine
I’m a month behind to publish this post, but it’s better late than never.
We spent two weeks in St Ives, Cornwall, at the beginning of August. My husband grew up there and we go for holidays to this blessed place every year. Those of you, who have been watching Poldark, know how breathtakingly beautiful it is. For some reason, I never knew how to paint it all these years before and used to just enjoy the views and the air and the space as an average tourist. But this year, something opened up and I couldn’t stop painting. 2-3 pictures every day.
Watching the season 3 of Poldark, mentioned above, also filled this place for me with live history and charm and that Drake/Morwenna romance couldn’t get out of my heart.
So here are some pictures from the holidays. Watercolours on paper. I painted small – from A6, 12x24cm and 17x24cm albums.
…to be continued..
Porthmeor beach. Our first evening in St Ives
Lelant from the Island, St Ives
View from Ben’s brother’s bedroom
The Island from Cloggy
Botallack mine engines
Porthmeor, St Ives
Sofia on Godrevy beach
I was looking for a Thesaurus dictionary the other day and found this old watercolour sketchbook amongst the books. I didn’t think much of these pictures when I painted them, but now, 15 years later (was it really so long ago??) they brought back some sweet memories. Most of them were painted in St Ives, Cornwall (around my husband’s favourite beach, Porthmeor, where he spent all his childhood and youth). This was my first ever summer break there. We’ve been visiting every year since then.
Last couple of pictures were done in Winchester, where we live now.
Porthmeor beach, St Ives
View over the Island and St `Nicholas Chapel, St Ives
Staring to rain. St Ives Harbour
Right side of `Porthmeor beach.
The twilight hour. Porthmeor, St Ives.
The Island, Porthmeor, St Ives
The Island from Man’s Head, ST Ives.
View from my window in 111, Colebrook street, Winchester.
Beginning of spring. Winchester Cathedral close.