Cornwall has been a subject of quite a few of my pieces. It is one of those magical places that I wish to visit once. A place where the Mediterranean colors, warmth jump at you and wildly wrap you in its arms. A place where the open ocean’s depth is matched only by its ships’ mesmerizing audacity and dare. And although the weather is quite changeable and you’ll find everything from the bright sunshine to the darkest storms, it radiates an energy that is unparalleled. Every time I look at Kate Whiston’s Instagram posts I wish I was there running with her dogs. So until I do get to this wonderful corner of England I’ll do the next best thing: I’ll run wild with my fantasies and my paintings.
Last year I received a commission to paint a painting of a Cornish harbor. I looked through hundreds of reference images, but kept coming back to this one by Kate that just spoke to me the instant I laid eyes on it. The picture just summed up for me everything that I love in Cornwall, and everything that warms my heart and brings a smile to my face.
I had such an amazing time painting this picture! I had a Christmas carol playlist on repeat (lucky for Mr.AP he had his earplugs), an unusual but cheery December sunshine outside, cup after cup of Rooibos tea and lots and lots of inspiration. I played with textures, colors and brushes like I’ve never done before. Once the paint started running down the canvas and I just looked at it transfixed because it was just the most beautiful turquoise color I have ever seen. And I think the experience was this amazing because I was able to let go and not think of the would of should of could of but rather just paint. And I swear with every stroke of the brush I felt the playful caress of the Cornish breeze.