Last week saw me heading down to St. Ives in Cornwall to deliver a new set of paintings to the Stowe Gallery.
Ok, so I could have sent them by courier but it was as good as an excuse as any to take some time out to visit the gallery in person and soak up some of the atmosphere of St. Ives. Neither the gallery or St. Ives did not disappoint. The owner Paul Stowe who is also a hugely talented artist was lovely and welcoming and after many emails, it was great to finally meet in person.
St. Ives was, as always a delight. Its a couple of years since I last visited and it was great getting reacquainted with its jumble of streets and many open studios to visit. Most of my time though was spent walking the coastal path just soaking up the atmosphere. The highlight of the trip though was undoubtedly a visit to the island of St. Marys in the Scilly Isles, this long-time ambition now fulfilled has left me wanting more.
It will be interesting to see over the coming months how the light Cornish hues play in contrast to the dark drama of the North Sea and influence my paintings. As they say, watch this space…