International Women’s Day

Listening to Sarah Perry and Sally Beamish on Radio 3 this morning, a good distraction from paintings that have been waiting for me to get started on! These are 3 canvases, each 90x60cm, will be triptych for a coastal holiday cottage – so starting out very blue, working quickly to get a feel of the size and composition. Also with an additional canvas the same size, and another similar size, I’ll have a selection to take. Quite abstract, about the cliffs, rocks and sea, energy, light – about being there.   Related Images:

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Trevone – north coast

Fantastic run (hashing with L2H3) this morning, starting at Trevone on the north coast, following footpaths to Padstow then along the estuary towards Stepper Point. It was a very low tide; we ran onto the beach at Harbour Cove, then the footpath to the old lifeboat station at Hawker’s Cove – tremendous estuary views – before cutting across to the coast footpath at Longcarrow Cove – stunning cliffs and views across Mother Ivey’s Bay to Trevose Head. A great walk route for anyone visiting north Cornwall, see the map   Related Images:

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Mount Edgcumbe

Hashing at Mount Edgcumbe on Sunday morning in fantastic sunshine – a landscaped country park with woodlands and gardens looking across Plymouth Sound [Mount Edgcumbe country park was the earliest landscaped park in Cornwall… with Grade I listed gardens, 55 listed structures… and deer roaming freely – see website] A great place to visit for a walk, and a wonderful route to get there through a display of stunning autumn colours in woodlands by the estuary.     Related Images:

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land, sea, sky

Two canvases are waiting to be finished since I made my first post, ‘of land, sea and sky’. They are both 70x100cm, bigger than I’m used to but I like this size. I like the freedom to explore a space, and learning to cope with larger areas. I find myself thinking about the paintings by Peter Lanyon, his paintings derived from landscape of west Cornwall – ‘Lanyon strove to find a language of painting that expressed his direct experience of the landscape which might also probe questions about the nature of our existence within the world.’ And his need to experience the landscape from different perspectives, whether hanging over the edge of a cliff,… Read More

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north coast

of land, sea and sky

Image: looking to the Rumps on Cornwall’s stunning north coast. The walk to here along the south-west coast path from Polzeath is superb. This point is where Binyon wrote his poem For the Fallen in September 1914, a few weeks after the outbreak of the First World War. I often have  music in my studio, it helps me to stop thinking in words and focus on the paint. The day I heard ‘Of land, sea and sky’ (composer Anthony Payne, in a Proms concert afternoon repeat – thank you BBC) I paused to listen. That evening I decided that I should keep some form of diary – this is the start. My paintings are mostly about… Read More

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