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Jul 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

My sketchbook was 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

It’s a magical place, full of quaint narrow lanes, beautiful views and plenty of art galleries. There were some open studios and  exhibitions at the St Ives Arts Club and the St Ives Society of Artists’ Summer Exhibition There was some lovely work on show.

St Ives Society of Artists Exhibition


An old fishing town with houses on both steep sides of the tidal river, Looe is a visual delight. 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 the magnificent coastal path to the quaint town of Polperro. Popped in at 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: and saw the exhibition ‘Bringing Home the Catch: Art and Fishing in Newlyn 1880 – 1940’. 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 Kingsbridge and Salcombe in Devon.  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.

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