Today I returned to a favourite subject. I’ve painted this abandoned mine three times now, and each time I find another way to portray it. The heritage of Cornwall is summed up in these iconic reminders of Cornwalls past and I’m fascinated by them. This is called ‘Raging Storm At Botallack’ and I painted it with my usual watercolour in a portrait composition to try and emphasise the scale of the cliffs and the isolation of the mine (Crowns Mine by the way). Hope you enjoy looking at it. I’ll be listing this for sale on my ‘Paintings For Sale’ page, along with a few other new additions.
This is ‘Epitaph For A Fallen Giant’ a watercolour on Arches Rough paper. 140lb. 1/4 imperial. When I moved to Cornwall 22 years ago this tree became a special landmark for me. Standing majestic alongside the A395, it bore the brunt of what the westcountry weather could throw at it. Then one fateful day Storm Erik arrived. It took a Viking to fell it. I was really sad when I missed it dominating the skyline. That’s when I decided to remember it by painting it. Fortunately I took a photo of the tree about 10 years ago. I’ve replaced the road with a river… more fitting I think.
I thought it was about time that I painted again. As I said in my last blog, I don’t seem to have had much time to paint lately, and it is so easy to let things slide, so I finished this off today. It’s a painting of a Boathouse and boats somewhere in the Lake District, although I’m not sure where exactly, as I didn’t take the photo. The photographer is Sandie Bell and the Lake District is her favourite haunt. She takes such inspiring photos. I’ve called it ‘A Quiet Day At The Boathouse’ and it’s painted on Fabriano Artistico paper. Hope you like it.
I have a workshop tomorrow with Colin Pethick, who is a superb artist and tutor. We’ll be painting a moonlit harbour scene in oils, so watch this space.