Painting outside on The Roseland
Summer has suddenly arrived in Cornwall, after what seems like the longest and darkest of Winters, and I have been enjoying packing up my painting bag and working outside.
I have an old lightweight pochade box that I picked up second hand
Filled with a small selection of paints, pared down selection of brushes, and a couple of small 10” x 12” primed boards – I really enjoy the limitations of this smaller surface, it makes me paint in a completely different way to when I’m in the studio; along with the constraints of time, ever-changing light and weather.
The beautiful Percuil River
During May I made weekly journeys to Percuil, where the hedges were bursting with pink and white Hawthorn blossom, and the sky busy with swallows. Cornwall is full of wonderful places to paint, but the view of the estuary here has to be one of the most beautiful, and to spend a day working in this lovely place an exquisite use of time
Working with other artists
Over in Portscatho things get a little more sociable, and the opportunity to work alongside Chris Insoll, Eric Ward, Andrew Tozer and other artists from The New Gallery is very welcome, and I learn so much from watching the ways that other eyes and hands perceive and translate the places around them.