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July 2018

UK Holiday Sketches – Cornwall and Devon

I did a few sketches while on a busy visit to the UK in May and June, more than I did on my last visit – see blog post

I had a sketchbook made with half smooth paper and half Bockingford watercolour paper in a square format. I also took along a “Sketchpack” for tiny quick sketches.
The trip started with a week in Looe, Cornwall, with visits to St Ives, Penzance, and Polperro.

St Ives

Quick sketch of a street in St Ives.

St Ives is magical, full of quaint narrow lanes and beautiful views and plenty of art galleries. There were some open studios and we visited an exhibition at the St Ives Arts Club and the St Ives Society of Artists’ Summer Exhibition, which had some lovely work on show.

St Ives Society of Artists Exhibition

Looe is an old fishing town with houses on both steep sides of the tidal river. The sketch below was done sitting on the back of a bench half way up a hill and looking up river towards the bridge. The seagull posed obligingly for quite a while.

A view of Looe with Seagull.

East Cornwall Society of Artists Exhibition, Polperro

We walked to magnificent coastal path to the quaint town of Polperro, and managed to visit the East Cornwall Society of Artists Annual Exhibition there. As well as paintings, they had some really nice ceramic pieces on show.

In Penzance I visited the Penlee House Art Gallery: where the exhibition ‘Bringing Home the Catch: Art and Fishing in Newlyn 1880 – 1940’, was on. Afterwards I sketched in the Garden of Remembrance next to the Gallery. Open Studios Cornwall was on at the time and we popped in to see the exciting work of Glyn Macey,

Garden of Remembrance next to the Penlee Art Gallery, Penzance.

At the end of the trip we visited Devon and while in Salcombe I looked at the Salcombe Art Club Summer Exhibition, which was very good. I also had time for two quick sketches of views from the window of a pub in Salcombe.

Quick sketches done in Salcombe.