View Full Version : Cornwall in S&B beta and other stuff

06-01-2013, 07:05 AM

Sunshine, waves, warmth .... Happiness :)

In the S&B beta a4

06-01-2013, 01:53 PM

Terry Wynn
06-01-2013, 09:13 PM
What a lovely painting.


06-02-2013, 02:12 PM
Wow, that is a really beautiful beach scene. Love the serene mood and color. The waves are so well done.

06-02-2013, 02:43 PM
Thank you :)


Again in the S&B beta, the view sideways from the garden. Charcoal. Dusk.

Joan T
06-02-2013, 09:13 PM
Love the one of the water!!! Great colors. Nice dusky look with the charcoal. Does it smear much on the S&B paper or did you treat it?

06-02-2013, 10:31 PM
The charcoal was perfect for the dusk scene.

06-03-2013, 02:18 AM
Love the one of the water!!! Great colors. Nice dusky look with the charcoal. Does it smear much on the S&B paper or did you treat it?

I fixed it when I finished, so it smudged as much as I wanted while drawing and once fixed it stays put. No problem closing the pages together. I love drawing with charcoal. This was a mix of charcoal pencil and willow charcoal. The S&B paper takes charcoal well.

06-03-2013, 05:27 PM

And another in the S&B beta :)

Watercolour and bits of pen, pencil, dunno what!

From slightly higher up than the charcoal drawing..

06-03-2013, 11:35 PM
These are brilliant Vivien. My wife has family in Helston and we've spent many a day sketchcrawling our way along the coast -- from St. Ives to Penzance and Marazion to The Lizard and back. What a sublime area! :thumbsup:

Joan T
06-04-2013, 05:34 PM
Great sketch of the house along the water. Looks like a place I would love to be.

06-05-2013, 07:41 AM
Thank you :). And yes it is a really lovely area. I lived a bit further north in Cornwall as a child and wish I could move back.

Here is another


Penberth a tiny fishing hamlet. That's a stone bridge (flat) over a stream at the front. There is a steep ramp to the sea, with the boats being winched up and Down. To reach it you have to travel a couple of miles on a single track road with the hedgerow flowers almost touching the car each side.

Watercolour in the S&B beta.

06-05-2013, 03:37 PM
Your sketches are like being taken along to your favorite spot. Thanks!

06-06-2013, 02:17 PM


3sunsets on 12 inch, deep sided canvas. We get beautiful sunsets over the sea. I did a couple in watercolour as well but can't post them until later or it will overwrite. Oil paint. They are currently drying .... Thank heavens for Griffin Alkyd quick drying oils.:)

06-08-2013, 03:16 PM

a very quick sketch out of the bedroom window - we stayed at a hotel on Dartmoor for a night on the way home as I wanted to see the moor again. I also hate travelling home on a Friday because of traffic jams and delays :crying: and it avoided that. I've stayed there before for the same reason and love the fact that looking downhill the land is lush and looking uphill, the moor starts, wild and rugged with stunted trees, free ranging sheep and Dartmoor ponies (no ponies in the sketch as I didn't see any on this visit)

06-08-2013, 04:39 PM

not the best I'm rusty at people sketching! just passers by, serious walkers, walking long distance hikes along the cliffs and others just heading to and from the beach

In the S&B with water soluble graphite pencil and a brush pen

06-10-2013, 12:42 PM
People imagine our seas are grey .... But no! Particularly in Cornwall they change with the weather and look like this



06-10-2013, 04:09 PM
Gorgeous! I love how you treat the sea, in the piece in post 17 in particular - yum!

06-11-2013, 05:29 AM
I love the many colours of the sea. It's a very vivid piece, make me long for the roar of the waves and the taste of salt in the air.

06-11-2013, 11:20 AM
These are gorgeous. I love seeing sketches of places I have never been. So much fun.

06-11-2013, 04:48 PM
That last one is oil paint in the S&B. I often use oils in my sketchbooks. No bleed through and I simply put a sheet of thin paper between until it dries. I use W&N Griffin Alkyd, quick drying oils, so by the next day they are totally dry.

This is the photo of the sea colour that I meant to upload


That's the colour the sea is on sunny days.

You can see why I need colours like viridian, pthalo green and cobalt turquoise :)

Joan T
06-13-2013, 09:26 PM
Looks like there are a lot of great spots & people to keep you busy there. These are great!

06-14-2013, 06:40 AM
Thanks everyone :). It is really beautiful, and if you like walking you can walk for miles on the cliffs.


This is the coast road, a lovely roller coaster between moor and sea, from St Just to St Ives.

06-14-2013, 02:54 PM
wow where!!!!! very nice !!!!!

06-14-2013, 03:15 PM
Just lovely. The wildflowers are so great.

Terry Wynn
06-15-2013, 06:15 PM
Stopping back in. Thanks for taking me along on your travels. I really like your sketches.


06-17-2013, 11:37 AM
again, thank you :)


This is one done with a Tombow grey pen and a waterbrush. It's a view towards the harbour in the evening when it's backlit.

Again in the S&B Beta hardback sketchbook - on this trip I used pencil, coloured pencil. watercolour, oil paint, acrylic ink, watersoluble pens, ballpoint pen, some oil pastel, gouache and I don't know what else in it! It behaved beautifully with all these media.

06-17-2013, 07:48 PM
I really like the Beta too. The scene looks great.

Joan T
06-18-2013, 09:27 PM
If the cliffs are that scenic I would easily walk for miles. Nice work!

06-18-2013, 11:05 PM
Vivien, do you gesso the page before you put your oils in the Beta sketchbook? If not, does it soak oily mess to the underpage? Sounds like Griffin Alkyd quick drying oils is almost like slow drying acrylics? Beautiful shore scenes and colors.

06-19-2013, 01:02 AM
These are fantastic sketches! Very well done! Love the sketch with the different colors of the sea and the wildflowers on the coast road.


06-19-2013, 03:52 AM
Vivien, do you gesso the page before you put your oils in the Beta sketchbook? If not, does it soak oily mess to the underpage? Sounds like Griffin Alkyd quick drying oils is almost like slow drying acrylics? Beautiful shore scenes and colors.

Oh the views , little isolated coves, a shipwreck nearby, abandoned minehouses, lighthouses, so many wildflowers, basking sharks, dolphins, surfers, seals ..... People do long distance walks along the cliffs, you would love it.

No I don't gesso the pages. Even with lighter paper it doesn't seep through. That one is on the back of one of the double page watercolours and I knew it wouldn't go through. It didn't I have old sketchbooks from uni with oils in and they are fine.

The alkyds feel exactly like normal oils .... They are ... Except that they have a drying medium mixed in with them. Thickish paint dries overnight, thin paint dries much faster. If I need to thin it I use Liquin which also dries fast. Obviously I don't use it really impasto. Occasionally I add a touch of an artists oil colour in a mix and it only slows it a little if there isn't too much.

I haven't used the slow acrylics, simply because I prefer oils. They wouldn't work this way being glue based, with oils I can simply close the book while it is still wet. If I've worked on a single page I just accept that there will be a slight print on the facing page. If its a double page, like the one I showed, then I slip a piece of loose paper in overnight. Being oily, pages never stick. Acrylics would need to dry thoroughly or the pages would stick, ruining your work and no good for working plein air in a book.

Obviously, don't add oils to the paint or it will soak through and also slow the drying time.

I like the feel of using oils on paper. Degas and Toulouse Lautrec both did it and the work still survives in galleries ... Which is archival enough for me! It will eventually eat the paper but I will be long gone!

06-19-2013, 04:03 AM

Sunset in watercolour. Again in the beta.

06-19-2013, 11:45 AM
Vivien, thanks for the explanation on using oil paint. Does this Griffin Alkyds dry even faster than water mixable oil?

Good loose sunset. I like the wave action.

06-19-2013, 02:25 PM
Lovely scene.

06-19-2013, 03:16 PM
Vivien, thanks for the explanation on using oil paint. Does this Griffin Alkyds dry even faster than water mixable oil?

Good loose sunset. I like the wave action.

Oh yes, much faster. Thick paint is dry in 24 hours. Thinner paint can dry in a couple of hours, but still gives time for alla prima wet in wet work. I love it. Also it feels like normal oils and water soluble oils don't (IMO)

It's a lovely place with the bay facing the setting sun ..... Next stop across that water is the USA.

06-19-2013, 10:03 PM
Thank you, Vivien, for the input.

06-20-2013, 01:01 AM
You are welcome. :)

06-21-2013, 04:47 AM
Hi Vivien, I've really enjoyed looking at your Cornwall journal, it's such a beautiful place, the light is amazing. Your paintings really capture the atmosphere. Interesting that you use alkyds on paper, I like them but have never tried them on paper - do they not crack? I think they're nicer than oils, all the advantages and none of the downsides, and ditto over acrylics.


06-21-2013, 07:00 AM

Something different, this is a necklace I made from a piece of sea glass that my daughter picked up on the beach. I wanted to echo the soft colours of the glass with the colours of the sea in the early morning. The glass glows when I'm sideways on to a window . It's a soft aqua a prettier colour than it looks here.

I did a skills exchange with some fellow tutors, who teach jewellery and they got me interested in creating using beads :)

06-21-2013, 03:20 PM
Very cool.

Joan T
06-21-2013, 10:03 PM
Nice colors in your sunset...they are so hard to capture. Good job on the necklace too.

06-22-2013, 05:14 AM
Thanks )


From the clifftop

06-22-2013, 01:58 PM
Great scene.

06-23-2013, 04:33 AM
thanks :)

And this one is from the same place, just looking to the right instead of down


Pendeen lighthouse drawn with a Tombow pen and a waterbrush, again in the s&b Beta hardbac, nearly all the work I did while I was there was done in this, the paper taking anything I wanted to use with it :)

06-23-2013, 03:35 PM
I really like the S&B Beta too. Great sketch.

Joan T
06-23-2013, 10:09 PM
Nice sketches of the hilltop!

06-24-2013, 11:47 AM
:cat: cliff top


Another sunset from the house

Green Explorer
06-24-2013, 12:17 PM
Beautiful - they really capture the atmosphere of the Cornish coast. The powerful darks in the Penberth painting really make it sing. The coastal scene at the top is just lovely

06-24-2013, 07:03 PM
Marvelous scene.

06-29-2013, 04:30 AM
thanks :)


I don't think I showed this one? charcoal, again in the S&B. fixed straight away, so no smudging,

06-29-2013, 01:57 PM
Such inspiring scenery.

Joan T
06-29-2013, 08:55 PM
Great scene in charcoal!

06-30-2013, 04:32 AM
Thanks :) it's a beautiful steep valley with a single track lane down to the cove at the bottom, where that stream meets the sea.

I did hope use my pad of really big paper to do some charcoal drawings but got caught up with colour. Also it was fun filling the S&B with images that I can work from and that are a sort of journal too.

06-30-2013, 05:48 AM
Lovely moody drawing.


06-30-2013, 10:31 AM
That is a beautiful charcoal drawing, Viv.

07-02-2013, 05:40 AM
Thanks :)

Just made a necklace and a couple of bracelets for my daughters birthday, using the colours of the sea in the early morning light. Hope she likes it.


07-02-2013, 02:53 PM
Hope she likes them.

Joan T
07-02-2013, 06:57 PM

07-02-2013, 09:43 PM
very pretty. .