My husband gave me a Cornish Landscape painting course as a special gift for my birthday. My dream has come true.
I really love Cornwall. I have been there twice before, but this time it was different. I worked for 4 days, 6 hours a day, painting and drawing, mostly in extreme conditions, in the wind. It was brilliant!
Our tutor was Maggie O'Brien, a teacher at the Newlyn School of Art and a great painter of wild landscapes. There were 9 of us on the course and the atmosphere was very supportive, with much freedom left to us. Maggie is a brilliant teacher and fun to be with. And, what is important, she was a good match for me and for what I wanted to achieve.
I just wanted to have fun while painting, to loosen up. Going on locations to paint can be tough. But I found out that this way of working suits me. There is no time to be precious, you have to work quickly, without judgement. You just get on with it.
Here are some examples of my oil on board work. Some of them are finished and some need more detail.
On the last day we worked in the studio in the Newlyn School of Art.
These two little paintings made me very happy:
I have a feeling that my relationship with Cornwall is just beginning. I cannot wait to go back there and paint again.