Beautiful greys along the Devon coastal path. Sky and light on the water changing constantly! But a lovely day. @mikestaniford and I very busy. Swipe for more...
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Still exploring my coastal concertina book. Adding in collage over quick onsite drawings. Memory is a powerful tool. I don’t work from photos but here are a few locations that inspired me last week. ...
Hedgerows and rock walls. Walking and drawing through Cornwall and now Devon. Loving the September colours. And as always the challenge of getting the pages to flow from one place to another. I’m not seeking a realistic approach more an abstracted view full of my own memories of tramping those lanes and footpaths.
Concertina sketchbook from @seawhiteofbrighton ...
Oh Cornwall, I shall miss your glorious coastline and spectacular colours... off to Devon next! .
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Climbed Carn Brea, Britain’s most westerly hill close to Lands End. An afternoon of heathers, wild ponies, gorse, blackberries, a seriously stiff breeze and rapidly changing light... .
As usual I’ve made 4 paintings in one! Cropped it four ways- may repaint later. .
Swipe to see the whole painting , location, ponies and me and @mikestaniford nearly blown away ! They light the beacon up here every Midsummer night.
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It’s been a misty monochrome kinda day in West Penwith. So what nicer than a walk along deserted footpaths to an ancient stone circle. Likely late Neolithic or Bronze Age. Who came here? I always wonder about the history and feel an overwhelming need to touch the stones - connecting to my Celtic heritage. #dancingstones #stonecircle
Swipe to see my walk. Blackberry picking on the way home so blackberry and apple for dessert tonight! #foodforfree ...
Sometimes the details add up to more than the whole... I’m tempted to cut up the bigger picture! Or I may just make new ones based on little bits...
Misty today so a good time to contemplate my rural art adventures...
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And in other news- delighted to be a finalist in this years Gosford Art Prize. Pushing a more experimental approach.
Swipe to see my abstracted drawing and collage studies.
Enjoying this and want to do more. Oil and cold wax over acrylic.
Prize announcements this week and exhibition open 14 Sept - 3 Nov.
Congrats and good luck to all finalists - happy to be in great company with a talented bunch of artists. ...
Cornish footpaths allow access to beautiful rural landscapes and moorlands. Work on paper. .
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A glorious day of wandering Cornish countryside and sitting in fields to draw. The colours are getting into my soul. And then I ran into @couturemama at Pendeen. Love synchronicity and the connections of instagram.
So much to see and drink in.
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Nothing like the tinkling of a babbling brook. And Tennyson agrees with me...
I chatter over stony ways, In little sharps and trebles,
I bubble into eddying bays, I babble on the pebbles.
End of the afternoon yesterday. Quick response and this may need adjusting later. Swipe for close up ...
It was a day of breezy drawing yesterday. Exploring the wild Cornish coast. So much to explore and time is short! Scribbling away... ...
Walking the Cornish coastal path and along the Cot Valley. Ever changing light and tide mean lots of challenges when working outside. But the sheer joy of drawing with seagulls calling and the roar of the ocean makes everything worthwhile. .
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On a grey Cornish day - the joys of the @tatestives. Time to think about some of the wonderful artists who have been drawn to St Ives and the thinking and history behind abstraction.
1. Patrick Heron and the concepts of the Shape of colour in space
2. Sandra Blow- the play between structure and improvisation
3. Ben Nicholson - his first abstract painting. A distortion of a still life. Clearly inspired by Matisse to me.
4. Alfred Wallis - the naive fisherman artist whose work inspired so many .
5. Peter Lanyon- landscape with movement and aerial views.
6. Roger Hilton. Interplay of shape and line, suggestion of landscape but so pared back.
7. Roger Hilton Oy Yoy Yoy- such a joyful wild work. It always makes me smile.
8. De Kooning sculpture in front of the R Hilton
9. The distorted views of Porthmeor Beach through the window. Abstract ideas buzzing...! 10. St Ives in the rain from the lovely cafe at Tate St Ives. An abstraction right there...
Great day. So much to ponder ...
After my morning of disasters yesterday I was glad to keep on going and made a work on board. Good job I had @mikestaniford to stop me going any closer to the edge! ( Swipe for a glimpse). .
The concept of ‘working close to the edge’ is a great metaphor (and lesson) for me. It’s always interesting to discuss and review the whole aspect of experiments and inevitable failures as well as the occasional success. But the failed moments are so important on this journey. They may take you closer to something elusive ( or possibly not!) There is something so compelling about painting on the Cornish coastal path. #artforgooduk
More location in today’s story. ...
Painting outside is always a challenge. There are many issues (apart from heat/cold/wind/bugs) so some Big questions listed here:
1. What to include?
2. What to leave out?
3. How much realism?
4. How abstract to make it?
5. What medium(s) to try?
6. What to paint out?
7. How to depict changing light?
8. How to cope with severe discomfort...! (Back ache and sore knees.)
9. How to deal those times when it all goes desperately Wrong?
The last issue hit me today. And it was only a bit of clever advice from partner-in-crime/life/art @mikestaniford that kept me from running back to the car and tearing all my efforts up. His advice:
Do less, not more.
Leave things a bit unfinished.
I stayed where I was and kept going. So glad I did.
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Exploring the colours of Cornwall in September- the bracken turning to orange gold against the clear turquoise water and big fluffy skies. Walked from Cape Cornwall to Porth Ledden, a westerly bay with a rock platform that gets covered by the incoming tide. My only companion was a poor dead little rabbit. .
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Acrylic on board 40x40 cm ...
One of the bonuses of a trip to Cornwall is seeing lots of amazing art and artists. Cornwall has always been a place that artists want to spend time in. Delighted to visit @cornwallcontemporary gallery in Penzance today and to meet @davidmankinart plus see his fabulous exhibition Sightlines. David Mankin’s work is about the pulse of the landscape... Love this quote in his catalogue from painter Peter Lanyon- “A painter is a kind of beachcomber” . .great to see Davids sketchbooks too.
Swipe to see some favourites from a great body of work. Heaps of 🔴🔴🔴
So nice to meet David. Love the power and connections of instagram! Lovely gallery too. ...
Visited the Jackson Foundation Gallery in St Just. Always great to see Kurt Jackson’s work and sketchbooks. The new exhibition is about Frenchman’s Creek - made famous in the 1941 novel by Daphne du Maurier.
. “This is a fragile place, a delicate and ancient piece of land and water – a beautiful place to linger, watch and witness; the slow tides and seasonal shifts in dress. The wet mud reflects the foliage or lack of it above, but below the fallen oak branches and trunks are always present – charcoal and umber strands snaking across my composition.
All is worthy of capture and celebration on my boards and paper and canvas, on the page on my lap or back in the studio. “
– Kurt Jackson
More at @jacksonfgallery and swipe to see my favs. It’s a stunning gallery too. ...
What’s not to love about a dry stone wall. Especially when it’s overgrown and near the sea. A fabulous day at Cape Cornwall. Seagulls crying overhead and the sound of the sea. Perfection. So of course the concertina book must come out again. .
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Walked a lot today down rural footpaths. The footpath network in the UK is wonderful, as are the Ordnance Survey maps. I always appreciate these national treasures. The hedgerows are very abundant- bursting with blackberries and bracken. Bringing back so many memories of previous times in the West Country with my family. So I had to break out the concertina sketchbook! .
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Art For Good today. 1000 artists painting on a 1 mile stretch of coast. In aid of @nationaltrust footpath conservation. Check BBC National news Sunday night.
#artforgooduk #masspainting ...
Art For Good. We joined 1000 other artists to participate in a mass painting installation today on a one mile stretch of coastal path at Lands End. Filmed by drones for a new Guinness Book of Records for the most artists painting outside in one place. .
The event not only encourages the idea that painting outdoors is an excellent way of connecting with the environment and creates a visually spectacular art installation, but also raises awareness of 'desire lines' and funds for the National Trust to complete the build of a designated footpath between the two locations.
Hopefully some great footage on National BBC News broadcast tonight. They interviewed me actually... hope I’ll be featured! .
Swipe for the gorgeous location and some of the other participants including @mikestaniford of course. Met some lovely people too including @anitareynoldsartist Who happened to be the Marshall for our zone 13! Love it when the universe shares experiences with my insta friends. #artforgooduk ...
Henry Moore left London during WW2 after his Hampstead home was bombed. He settled in Hertfordshire and this is where you can visit his studio and see his iconic sculptures scattered throughout the gardens. Drawiing was always important to Henry Moore and he continued to make thousands of drawings in his lifetime. An exhibition of some of these drawings is open now plus a wonderful barn containing incredible tapestries - can’t take photos inside unfortunately. But I enjoyed drawing from the large sculptures outside.
A great day out with old friend @jjmoloney
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