Sometimes, in the absence of a commission, I like to grab a wave out of my head and sketch it. Occasionally the sketch turns into a viable picture. (More often, though, it doesn't!)
This is a very popular theme, but only (strangely) on 12"x16" canvasses. To accommodate this phenomenon I have been known to paint "cliff-on-the-left" and "cliff-on-the-right" sets of similar scenes, and they have always sold as a pair! Maybe they look okay on either side of something or other
Another sketch that turned out okay
Confused surf is great to paint. The hidden power, of course, is generated by rocks you can't see, which adds a certain mystery to the scene. If this canvas had not been sold I would have liked to hang it on my own wall
This is not my wave, it was inspired by my hero, E.John Robinson, an American artist who once visited Cornwall. I tried to make this a "copy", and didn't even come close!
In some ways similar to the first picture above, this one is view from the beach at "Sally Bottoms". The name has nothing at all to do with anything anatomical. It's a mining term, meaning "lowest level". Naturally enough, when we were kids we always called it "Sally's Bottom". Kids! There is an addit (mine outflow) on this beach. Great fun to explore if you're careful
As the title implies, there are generally seals to be seen in this area. A lot of them. One day I'll try a canvas with them in it. But probably not. I'm not desperately good at painting things that actually live and breath
Porthtowan is where I spent my childhood years. It used to be a quaint, picturesque place...it's a tourist trap now! Kiss-me-quick hats, pop music and ugly blocks of flats to cram them in!
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