Light in Cornwall


I am with friends in Perranporth (north coast of Cornwall) for  a few days, and we are getting clear skies, bright cool sun and colours like we just don’t get in East Anglia. So, I have my portable watercolour kit with me (we flew down so not much room for anything more) and having a great time.

St. Ives harbour - breeze (in my face) and sunny

St. Ives harbour - breeze (in my face)

The weather was warm and breezy, and the light here is crystal clear – or so it seems. I think I have expressed this clearly in this watercolour sketch. Painting straight into the sun gives high contrast and interesting highlights. You also get much less saturated colour.  Next is pencil sketch against the light of the lifeboat launch slip.
St. Ives. The Lifeboat slipway

St. Ives. The Lifeboat slipway

The pencil sketch was done from the breakwater just off the right of the first watercolour. The train was on its way up the incline out of town which made for a nice point of interest. This was on watercolour paper.
Finally, a small watercolour on a post card who I always send a watercolour to if we are on holiday. Very picture post-card.

The train from Penzance leaving St. Ives
The train from Penzance leaving St. Ives
St. Ives harbour, Cornwall

St. Ives harbour, Cornwall

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~ by noelgarner on October 12, 2008.

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