One of my favourite subjects that I have painted many time are the huge Beam Trawlers that operate out of Newlyn Harbour and depicted so well over many years by local artist Bernard Evans. Whereas artists of the past were fortunate to have had the many fishing boats with their huge often red ochre coloured sails and wooden masts the Beam Trawlers of today can also be a most exciting challenge for the artist.
There are countless interesting harbours and small fishing villages around the coast of both Cornwall and Brittany where the great tradition of British Marine art started more than a century ago. Indeed many great British Marine painters learned they craft in southern Brittany at such places as Pont Aven and Quibron before they settled eventually in St Ives and Newlyn. St Ives offers year round opportunities for painting in the wonderful and special light from the beaches and harbour through to the rooftops overlooking the town. On a warm sunny day the mustard coloured lichen on the rooftops and red ochre chimneys contrast beautifully with the turquoise greens and blues of the sea.
The north coast of Norfolk has remained largely unchanged over many years and one is reminded of the great land and coastal paintings by Edward Seago and his forefathers. In complete contrast to the rigidity of ship and boat moorings in Cornwall and Devon one of the great beauties of the Norfolk coast is the way that many boats are simply moored on sandbanks or in the estuaries in such an ad hoc manner. The backdrop of huge skies in both Norfolk and Suffolk is very special to the area.