An ongoing series of paintings, sketches and photos from the South West Coastal Path. I will be visiting favourite spots and discovering new ones.

Penberth Cove – Porthcurno / Feb 2019:

I was lucky enough to visit Cornwall over half term. With a flask of tea and packed lunch our family enjoyed some lovely walks along the South West Coastal Path. One such short walk was from Penberth Cove to Porthcurno. Surrounded by rugged beauty, the landscape still half asleep this time of the year with only patches of green emerging. Then their’s the dramatic cliffs and coastline – you really feel the force of the wind looking seawards, the Atlantic sea a turquoise colour crashing against the jagged rocks.

Mutter’s Moor towards Sea / Jan 2019: Mixed Media on Paper & Acrylic on Canvas Board.

Ladram Bay / Dec 2018:

This week I headed out to Ladram Bay (parking free this time of the year). I followed the SWCP towards Sidmouth- very muddy and quite slippery!

I found a spot with an impressive view of the towards Hern Point Rock. Grid ref: SY 09943 85552.
I love the striking jagged rocks with lines running through them. It was amazing just standing there watching the sea so far below, makes you feel alive. One minute it was sunny and warm, the next gloomy and cold so the stacks became silhouettes against the sea. I experimented painting a small oil board using mainly a palette knife to carve the textures.  I also enjoyed creating a pencil sketch facing Hern Point Rock.
For the land view I made a charcoal sketch showing the path towards farmland and Peak Hill in the distance.. it gave me a chill as I remembered clambering up there last week.

At low tide we like to walk down to the pebbly beach at Ladram Bay and cut around the corner (carefully as it is a little treacherous) on the left to discover a beautiful strange world, like something from a sci-fi set. Erosion has carved beautiful shapes in the rocks creating a wonderful playground with wonderful Geology for both children and grown-ups to explore.

 

Peak Hill / Dec 2018: Yesterday’s session as part of my Seaward/Landward series continued a bit further along the South West Coastal Path from Peak Hill.

I drove past Ladram Bay onto Bar’s Lane which became quite a treacherous little lane where a 4X4 vehicle would’ve been quite useful! I walked up to Peak Hill via the South West Coast Path which follows by High Peak Plantation.

It was bitterly cold and extremely windy up there to the point that I thought I may even get blown off the cliff at one point whilst sketching the seawards view. So I walked slightly down from the highest point where it was a bit more sheltered and painted the gorgeous view towards Burnthouse farm – a lovely Hill – not sure what it is called. I survived the drive back and am glad to say there’s no punctures in the car wheels or damage to the underside of the car!

High Peak / Dec 2019: On the weekend the whole family came along – we parked at Mutter’s Moor and headed down to meet the path. What a view! Breathtakingly beautiful out towards the sea and Peak Hill and just as inspiring facing landwards Woodbury Common in the distance. I so enjoyed the painting and had some lovely chats with walkers, including a descendant of Samuel Taylor Coleridge! And just when I was packing up a couple of army helicopters flew right over me and the sheep.

Sidmouth / Dec 2018: Atmospheric heavy clouds at Jacobs Ladder – Sidmouth a few days ago. I love these rainy day skies and what resembles a cloudburst in the distance..

Watercolour and pencil studies of the sea view and cliff view from Sidmouth near Jacobs Ladder..
Also ink studies of the rocks and waves crashing.