Monday Inspiration: Porthcothan Walks
Day 1 – A Wander to Watergate BayWe parked up in the morning at the National Trust site at the Bedruthan Steps and began an extremely sunny walk along the cliffs, aiming to be in Watergate Bay by lunch. We took a steady pace but found ourselves very distracted photographing the heather and wildflowers. The colours were simply amazing against the blue skies.
We captured a little video of the inspiring landscape, which I think will come in handy for remembering the feeling of the day. A lot of the colour choices in my paintings can come from the emotional reaction to a place.
The path along the coast is clearly marked Is we didn’t need a map to guide us. Here’s a map that I sketched out of the coastal route between Bedruthan and Watergate. It was an easy two hours, pausing plenty of times to gawp at the seascape!
After a wonderful lunch we rambled back towards the car under an open sky and cooled by a fresh breeze. The whole day was a much needed tonic. We’re quite ready to do it all again!
Day 2 – Porthcothan Sketching
The second of my Porthcothan walks was not a full day, rather a morning opportunity to strike out on my own. This time I set out from Porthcothan Bay on foot, heading up to the coastal path and along towards Trevose. The weather was wonderful again, perhaps a little more windy. Interesting that there were fewer wildflowers in this direction; more white clover and swaying grasses.
I took my iPad out for a proper ‘in the field’ test of it’s sketching capabilities. Just like any other new medium i’m still learning how to use it in a way that works for me… but I thoroughly enjoyed a second day out in the sun with time to draw and feel inspired.
I found two spots that I liked. One down at Fox Cove where I could walk out onto a rocky shelf with a view back onto the cliffs. I could see the strata and patterns in the cliff face, with the sea spray flinging itself against the rocks. The other was a flower covered hillock above Wine Cove that had a truly excellent viewpoint for Trevose head and rocky outcrop known as The Bull.
Again I sketched a map of my route. Even without my Nicky as my trusty camera operator I managed to get some snippets of video. Including two quick time-lapses captured as I was busy playing and sketching away.
The experience of both Porthcothan walks was inspiring. An excellent reminder of all the things we’ve missed out on during the lockdown. I hope there will be opportunity to head out again soon and i’m wondering if I might choose some locations closer to home where I can do further warm up drawings… we’ll see how it goes!