Welcome to the blog of Melanie McDonald ! I'm a professional artist, my life is divided between my home in Newquay, Cornwall and my renovation project - an 18th Century farm - in North Brittany, France. My inspiration comes from the beautiful beaches, skies and seas of Cornwall, Brittany and Scotland. This is where I share my paintings and photographs, I hope it inspires you.

December 01, 2008

Surfer Paintings of Cornwall - Second series.

Reflected Light and Surfers Cornwall - Click for more of my surf art of Cornwall

Surfers and Shadows Cornwall - limited edition art print

Summer Blue and Surfers, Fistral Beach Newquay - click to buy one of my limited edition art prints

Dusk Summer Evening, Fistral Beach, Cornwall

Click to view more of my surf paintings of Cornwall, new limited edition fine art prints online, (free U.K. delivery).

When I lived in my house overlooking the sea in Newquay I watched surfers everyday.  On Fistral, (the U.K.'s most famous surfing beach), there are always surfers around trying to catch the best waves - the atmosphere is very inspiring.  Above are a few new paintings, my starting point was to take lots of photos of surfers  which is my way of taking notes - snapshots, like quick sketches.

Painting surfers is an ongoing project, a bit of an obsession perhaps. I like the idea of playing about with the paint - thin washes mixed with thick areas.  And experimenting with ideas such as big skies and low horizons, drawing in the surfboards and then obliterating them with white spray.  I adore the ever-changing light of the morning and evening over the coastline, with surfer silhouettes giving tension and focus to the scene.

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