Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Bedruthan Steps, Evening

Oil on Board, 7.5 x 10 inches

This was a delightful subject with the evening sunlight bathing the distant cliffs a golden colour. These distinctive sea stacks, each with their own name, are famous landmarks off the north Cornwall coast, and this isn't the first time they've been painted!

I don't often employ the use of a palette knife, but I found it very useful to describe the jagged rocks, dragging lighter colour over a darker underpaint to create the broken effect required. In fact, I used three different knives; a long, flexible, narrow-bladed one, a square ended one (which I generally use to scrape off the unused paint on my palette at the end of a session), and a short, narrow-bladed one. The addition of the gulls on the shoreline and flying around, and also resting on the stacks helped to give the scale of these giants.


  1. Excellent painting Peter, I've just come back from Cornwall and you've really captured the essence of the place, great sense of scale as well! See you at the RSMA in October.

  2. Cheers Graham, thank you - that's good to hear! I did leave a comment congratulating you on your RSMA Blog-post, but it seems to have got lost in the ether again! Well done anyway and well deserved! See you there and hopefully before at PBFA - more of that v.soon....


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