Two weeks ago we spent a week down at Sennen cove , in the far west of Cornwall. A lovely place about a mile from Lands End, we go every year ( when we can) and it has become familiar and comforting in so many ways.
I promised you then a step by step painting of a grander sea scape, I love to paint when I am away
I am always looking , especially when every view is a feast for the eyes, and when you become a painter you are then trying to find ways to interpret what you see.
This is a familiar view along the coast path, we have walked many times , from that leads from Cape Cornwall towards Sennen.
At Gwenver beach you can see the cove in the distance, and that was the view I wanted to show you today.
First I sketched out the general view.
Then a light summery sky, using yellow ochre,cerulean blue and pale grey , to hint at a sky. I wet the paper first then added the colour in a wet in wet wash.
Then I painted the distant headland, in yellows, greens , blues greys and oranges. The very tip is a darker grey colour to signify the rocks , in shadow there.
Then more of the dunes and grasses
Next I painted the sea, as quickly as I could, using cerulean blue, cobalt blue and indigo with a touch of red.
Now I blocked in the rocks in a mixture of yellow ochre and burnt umber
And finally the near headland in brighter yellows and greens
Next I hinted at the town of Sennen by adding shadows in grey and some white acrylic, for the highlights. Just hint a shapes of houses and gable ends , try not to be too specific.
Now I added highlights and colours into the rocks, as well as some greens and blues into the see.
I keep standing back and seeing what I need to do, more here, or less there.
I add some lights and darks to the near vegetation and splatter on some greens and white acrylic to suggest grasses
A joy to paint a place so close to my heart, and good practice at trying to say a lot with as little as possible