REFLECTIONS OF CORNWALL
Salthouse Gallery, St.Ives
I would like to thank everyone who came to the show and I want to publicly thank Margaret for being with me throughout and helping me put the show together. St.Ives is a beautiful part of Cornwall and we will be doing another show in October 2019.
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There is something special about St.Ives - I know everybody raves on about the light, but it's true, St.Ives does seem to have a special quality all of its own. On one occasion I was caught out on the beach during a very heavy shower while taking pictures. I stayed there as the light was quite dramatic with the rain sweeping across the beach with a soft hazy light coming through. Yes, I was soaked through but hey, who cares!
There were originally twenty paintings for this exhibition and while some were sold before we opened, it continued to be a great success with some very encouraging comments and feedback from nearly everybody who visited. I was of course delighted when my flagship centrepiece painting of the beach was bought by a lovely local lady and gentleman. Thank you.
My partner Margaret and I are a great team and I want to thank her again for all the support during these shows. There is a lot of effort and often chaos involved but we get there in the end.
On the first day there was a wonderful sea mist across the harbour which of course made me go mad for more pictures. I grabbed my camera and spent about two hours at the harbour shooting from the harbour wall. The tide was in so even I couldn't get down on the beach. Next time I must get my own boat! There were some very moody moments with the mist and sunlight all happening at once. This will definitely feature in my next exhibition so watch out for it.
LIGHT, GLORIOUS LIGHT
We were at the Salthouse Gallery for a week and the weather was very kind to us. After closing the gallery at the end of the day we often went down on the beach before finding fish n chips. As the tide comes in, the water slowly surrounds the boats creating stunning reflections in the evening light. I just chucked my shoes off and went in!
My main painting in this show featured two lovely replicas of "Jumbos", old fishing boats from the 1800s. They are a permanent feature of Harbour Beach and one of my favourite subjects here. Modern boats don't excite me like the old ones do; it's a similar appeal to old steam locomotives compared to modern trains.
"Reflections of Cornwall" was my first solo marine exhibition. It was a great success and we met some very nice people during the week. I'd like to thank everybody who came to see us at the Salthouse. News of the next exhibition will be posted on this website in due course.
Finally a big, big thank you to my partner and dearest friend, Margaret. Without you this whole exhibition would have been very stressful. You made it fun and enjoyable - your support means everything to me.