Monday, 1 February 2010
The Crowns, Botallack, Cornwall, mixed media
I think it's just about complete - any tweaking will be minor.
It's a nightmare to photograph to catch the colour that's there - the milky greeny toned sea around the rocks isn't showing very well.
The old ruined mine buildngs seem to grow out of the rocks, being built of stone. I wanted that feeling of maybe at first not noticing them - the sea and the wild scenery is the 'star'.
The path down to the engine house is narrow and would have been scary in winter gales - and then once undground and under-sea, they would hear the boulders grinding on the sea floor, just feet above their heads.
The original sketch was one of those blue blue days, when the sky and sea seem to merge.
The colour of the sea around the rocks doesn't show well but is that beautiful milky eau-de-nil colour of water full of air bubbles from the waves breaking. For these sort of days in Cornwall I really need my pthalo blue and viridian :>)
And the next one in the series has the first sketchy marks down - this time Runswick Bay in Yorkshire and probably another limited palette piece like Saltmarsh. You can see it here.