This is becoming a favourite round trip. Since we fell in love with Scilly it makes sense to visit Devon and Cornwall at the same time, and you have to start on the mainland and finish on Scilly because Scilly is so peaceful and quite that if you tried to do Cornwall and Devon on the way back it just wouldn’t cut it.
Actually you’ll notice from the notebook extracts that we actually started at a B&B in Somerset but it was only 1 night and the the 10 minute sketch was done, just to kick things off. It was a lovely evening but very windy with a severe wind chill and the evening meal at the Notley Arms was calling.
Starting off with a picture of the River Dart looking into the evening sun, this was done on the way back to Kinswear – we walked from Brixham and it’s a tough walk taking every opportunity to up and down the cliffs. Here we are looking up the River Dart into the evening sun towards Dartmouth and can see Kingswear Castle (completed in 1502) which was part of the costal defences.
Polreath has a similar situation to Kingswear, on the opposite side of the river to a larger place (in this case Fowey). I am always struck by the dockyard – which seems to be busy. The ships loom over the houses, having sketch this last year this time I did a more considered painting inside on a day when it rained, I had new material as well as last years sketches.
The next stop was near Looe, at Duloe. The HPB site is in the grounds of Duloe Manor which made a good subject and meant I didn’t need to lug gear very far. The building itself nestles in fold of the hills and has an extensive view towards the coast but I was taken with the building itself and the avenue of pollarded trees leading up to the main house echoing its gander past. Easy to imagine Lewis Carroll inventing fantasies here (and he was friends with the rector apparently so did stay).
And so on to Scilly. It started badly – we hit fog about 30 minutes out from Penzance and it stayed for the rest of the journey and all the following day. After that it was fine – and most afternoon’s when there was more sun than cloud.
Having tackled a maritime subject in Cornwall it seemed reasonable to use the adjacent Portloo boatyard for inspiration. This turned out to be a challenge because on the day I started the light was flat, so it was started en plain air but had several revisits and was finally completed this week.
I did have a great evening on the shore near our holiday flat, sun came out and cast long shadows, catching in the water and the sides of all the boats.
Carried a small 5×7 watercolour pad. Always a good compromise in terms og carrying and time to complete – most of these are 1-1.5 hours. I was particularly taken with the way the light played on the front in Hugh Town.
I have collected a lot of material to work on back home some of which is reflected in these notebook extracts.