It's good to get out of the studio, to embrace the elements, feel the beach-vibe and experience the positive energy that eminates from this special place. I've been working long hours on a series of paintings for my exhibition at the Tubestation. It's a surfer inspired show, just right for this funky hang-out right next to Polzeath's famous surfing beach. This old Methodist school hall (in much need of love and attention) was turned on its head in 2006, refitted, revamped and reborn, so to speak. It's a thriving cafe with a difference - a charity set up to serve surf culture and to provide generously for the local community. With the superb surfing beach but a flip-flop's throw away, you can really relax and enjoy the artwork.
View all the paintings on-line here> Surfer Paintings Polzeath Tubestation
Through these new paintings, I've tried to use the concept of the surfer as a symbol of freedom - depicting the surfer perhaps waiting for the next wave or returning to a favourite beach. In some of the poses, I've tried to capture the energy of the sport, with an emphasis on the surfers' relationship with their surroundings - the raw and exciting forces of nature. I've recently come to appreciate the contemporary culture which surfing encapsulates - an alternative lifestyle.
Surfer Paintings, Tubestation (opposite beach car park) Polzeath Cornwall
Melanie McDonald Exhibition at the Tubestation Polzeath
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