I don’t know about you, but I am convinced people either like hot or cold weather. I am definitely one for sunshine and warm breezes. So when it was -18°C/-0.5°F this weekend (yes, you are reading correctly and no, this is not a typo!) I should have been devastated and panicky. Yet my heart felt cheery and warm. Mainly because I kept imagining myself on the dreamy shores of Padstow with lots of sunshine and ships.

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Padstow harbor with yellow ship

I fell in love with this part of England back when I painted my first Cornish harbor painting (see my post here). Then I discovered Kate Whiston’s Instagram account and I became addicted. Whenever I wanted to feel free, warm and happy I would scroll through the pictures and imagine myself there. I already made a quick sketch once. But then one day I saw this harbor with deep blue waters and a yellow ship and I immediately knew this would be perfect for the painting I wanted to make for Mr. AP for Christmas.

Padstow harbor with yellow ship - detail with red ship
Padstow harbor with yellow ship – detail with red ship
Padstow harbor with yellow ship
Padstow harbor with yellow ship – water detail
Padstow harbor with yellow ship
Padstow harbor with yellow ship – water detail

The depth of the water’s blue hues captivated me like nothing else before. It felt like a deep well, an abyss I could fall into and never find the surface. One into which I happily and greedily want to jump into. And then the yelllow ship, which no matter how many times I look at it, brings to my heart the warmest and happiest feelings. And there lies the dilemma: which should I choose, the depth or the surface? All I wanted to do was capture this contradiction, this longing on my canvas.

Padstow harbour with yellow ship - water detail
Padstow harbor with yellow ship – water detail
seagull-detail
Padstow harbor with yellow ship . detail with seagull
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