I’ve just come back from a week drawing and painting Sennen Cove on Cornwall, and the surrounding area. It’s one of my favourite places and like a magnet that draws me to return again and again.

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Up early the first morning, to catch the sunrise over the sea and hills. The sky was gold.

Golden light – sunrise over the Sennen Cove hills

Golden light – sunrise over the Sennen Cove hills

It brightened to clear sunshine.

Looking down to the beach - early morning

Looking down to the beach – early morning

Early morning - quick acrylic sketch looking out to Cape Cornwall

Early morning – quick acrylic sketch looking out to Cape Cornwall

Quick sea colours study - early morning.

Quick sea colours study – early morning

Morning colours

Morning colours

A room with a view...

A room with a view…

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Up on the cliff-tops, and the sun picked out the wildflowers and geometric shapes.

Study from the cliff-tops, looking towards Longships Lighthouse

Study from the cliff-tops, looking towards Longships Lighthouse

Cliff-top flowers - sea thrift, sea campions, coltsfoot, heather and plantain were dominant.

Cliff-top flowers – sea thrift, sea campions, coltsfoot, heather and plantain were dominant.

Detail

Detail

Detail

Detail

Cliff-top plant studies

Cliff-top plant studies

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Down on the beach…

Bright noon on the beach and the scene is tinged with lilac.

Bright noon on the beach and the scene is tinged with lilac. The reflections are almost fluorescent

Colours at noon on the beach

Colours at noon on the beach

Looking towards Cape Cornwall from the beach at noon

Looking towards Cape Cornwall from the beach at noon

Wave study

Wave study

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A day off scribbling…

'Morning Sea Mists', this day turned out to be a total white-out. Definitely fog!

Optimistically called ‘Morning Sea Mists’, this day turned out to be a total white-out. Definitely fog!

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The sun came out again!

View towards Lands End from the cliff tops

View towards Lands End from the cliff tops

Sea study - currents

Sea study – currents

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The sun came out again so I headed to the beach! I travelled light this time and just took my watercolours and graphite.

Drawing on the beach

Drawing on the beach

View towards Sennen Cove village from the back, looking towards Longships Lighthouse and the Lookout

View towards Sennen Cove village from the back, looking towards Longships Lighthouse and the Lookout. Lots of mussels, limpets and barnacles on the rocks

Detail

Detail

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Another sunrise. This time, the sky was pink and lilac and the sea was metallic.

Sunrise

Sunrise

Ian and I walked to Nanjizal and saw a colony of seals in the still waters near the cliffs. The tide was in.

Nanjizal

Nanjizal. The colours were so rich

Sea colours at Nanjizal

Sea colours at Nanjizal

Enys Dodnan - a distinctive rock formation between Lands End and Nanjozal. Longships Lighthouse in the distance

Enys Dodnan – a distinctive rock formation between Lands End and Nanjizal. Longships Lighthouse in the distance

Rain over the Isles of Scilly

It was clear on land, but we could see rain over the Isles of Scilly in the distance

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Another bright day and I wanted to record some more of the pure colours of this part of the coast.

Gorse and heather on the cliff tops. The colours are bright and surprising

Gorse and heather on the cliff tops. The colours are bright and surprising against the turquoise sea

Churning sea over rocks

Churning sea over rocks below

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A last evening on the beach and a time for quiet contemplation. It didn’t disappoint.

Early evening reflections on the beach

Early evening reflections on the beach

Early evening reflections. Looking towards the Lookout and Longships Lighthouse. Those lilac skies again...

Early evening reflections. View from the beach towards the Lookout and Longships Lighthouse. Those lilac skies again…

I will be developing paintings from these studies and will be making a new sketch book for sale. Watch this space!