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Sail Away to Cornwall: Discover the charming locations that inspire my paintings

If you're a fan of boats and art, you won't want to miss this blog post. Whether you're a seasoned sailor or simply appreciate the beauty of these iconic vessels, this post is sure to inspire you to explore the coasts and harbours of Cornwall that are the inspiration behind my work. Join me as we set sail on a journey through my artwork via some of the most stunning locations in the county.

First Stop: Falmouth

Taking the ferry from The Prince of Wales Pier over to St Mawes will take you across the Carrick Roads, passing creeks and wooded banks.

You'll see historic castles, such as St Mawes Castle and Pendennis Castle, and may even spot dolphins, seals and a variety of seabirds along the way. When in St Mawes, visit the historic castle, built by Henry VIII in the 16th century and pop into the Victory Inn for lunch. This sketch shows the sunshine yellow 'May Queen' Shuttle leaving St Mawes as we pass her on the 'Duchess of Cornwall' Ferry!


Next Stop: Porthleven

Porthleven is a picturesque coastal town on the Lizard Peninsula, with plenty of things to see and do for visitors.

Stunning coastal walks, with breathtaking views of the coastline and the iconic Porthleven Clock Tower, often photographed with waves crashing over it. With an abundance of eateries and art galleries, it's great for foodies and art lovers alike - The Shipyard Market offers a relaxed mix of the two. These two miniature paintings (available here) were in Porthleven - the blue and yellow Gig boats on the left are a staple in the harbour.


Final Stop: Mevagissey

A boat trip from Mevagissey will take you along the picturesque coastline of South Cornwall. You'll pass by rugged cliffs, hidden coves and charming fishing villages.

Seascan is a characterful charter boat based in Mevagissey and a lovely way to explore the coastline and marine life of South Cornwall from the water. Still a busy fishing harbour, there are Seagulls aplenty - so if you decide to drop a crab line off the harbour wall be sure to keep your eyes peeled! The tide was out when I captured this sketch of Seascan with her bright green and warm timber hull.


I hope you enjoyed a glimpse behind the scenes at some of my favourite spots for boat sketching - if you can recommend a great sketching location, get in touch and let me know.

If you'd like more ideas for creative things to do in Cornwall, subscribe to my newsletter here

If you'd like some sketch location inspiration, check out my Cornwall Painting Locations Pinterest board here

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