Thursday, July 31, 2008

Polwheveral Creek

Polwheveral Creek
Watercolour
Sketchbook

One of my other hats is a gardening hat.  I "do" a garden that sits right on one of these creeks and on the way home I pass this one.  There is a gateway and a field high above the river.  It hardly seems like work to garden in such a fantastic location and I am always filled with energy, so to sit in the field and paint makes a perfect combination.   I have painted this creek before, back in March it is quite interesting to see how the seasons affect one view and I have a feeling that this is a view that I shall paint often.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Early Morning

Early Morning
Watercolour
Sketchbook

Still and clear blue sky, the tide moves gradually, water gently lapping round seaweed covered stones, a bird calls and the day begins.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Perfect Day

Perfect Day.
Watercolour.
Sketchbook.

This one is a double page sketchbook picture, you really should click on the image to get the full impact of the blues.  Such a perfect day, a hot sunday afternoon, the sea an incredible blue, kids playing, everyone relaxing in the sun...just a perfect day.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Gribbin Head

Gribbin Head
Watercolour
Sketchbook.

The last sketch from my birthday trip, Gribbin Head from Polridmouth.  Gribbin Head is a daymark, we used to play up there by the big stripy building, it is the marker for childhood summer holidays.  You can see it for miles, coming into Cornwall down one of the big roads, when Gribbin Head is seen the distance it means "coming home."

Friday, July 25, 2008

Beach

Beach
Watercolour
Sketchbook

Summer days, beach, sand, children playing, just messing about.  Thats what it is all about!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Turnip Field

Turnip Field
Watercolour
Sketchbook.

Glorious sunny morning turning a mundane turnip field into a cloth of green silk and bright sparkling emeralds.  How rich and lucky I feel, being able to live my life among such treasure as this turnip field!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Morning Moon

Morning Moon.
Watercolour
Sketchbook.

Early morning and the moon is still pale and high in the sky.  Ripe barley softly ripples in the sunlight while ceders stand sentry over distant farm buildings.

This is a sketchbook page which are available as prints on digital archival watercolour paper.  The paper measures about 11 x 8 inches and the print has a border of approximately 1.5 inches.  They cost $20 or £10, postage and packing is included.  Please e-mail me if you would like one. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Old Path, Hot Day

Old Path, Hot Day.
Watercolour
Sketchbook.

This old path rises up from Helford village, through ancient woods.  It once was a cart track connecting the farms and villages to the river and the sea.  A busy thoroughfare no doubt allowing access, via boat, to the port of Falmouth and then the world.  Now it is a footpath affording a green dappled shade, a jungle of leaves and birdsong, welcome relief on a hot day.

These sketches are available as prints. For more information see earlier work, scroll down. Or email for details.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Moon Rise

Moon Rise
Watercolour
Sketchbook

The end of a hot day, the dark shapes of cottages at the edge of the village are blurred by the dust of hay making and the moon rises over an open field.


Sunday, July 20, 2008

Polridmouth.
sketchbook, watercolour.

At last, some drawings!  This was on my birthday, a week ago.  We went to visit the beach where I spent my childhood summers.  This is Polridmouth, the beach at the edge of the Menabilly Estate, the home of Daphne du-Maurier and the setting for "Rebecca."  In fact this little outcrop of rocks is the left hand side of the bay that is the place where "Rebecca's" boat was lost.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Old Boot and Red Shoe

Old Boot and Red Shoe.
Watercolour
Sketchbook.

It is still hectic, clearing up then unpacking more boxes, clearing up again, finding homes for everything and then forgetting where I have put things. Trying to make myself stop and sit still for a while and draw something, anything, is difficult, but very nice when I do.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

At Last!


At Last!
I have found my sketchbook amongst the boxes and muddle, I have managed to work the lap top computer (I knocked the big one off a high shelf and broke it!) So finally and at last I am beginning to feel settled. This is a corner of my new garden, it is a tiny space but I think I can make it into a haven, plants and water and green and peaceful...
I think by smashing the computer I might have lost my special mailing list, s0 if by chance you are reading this and you used to receive the paintings by email, please, please send me your email address again so that I can make a new list.