Louise Collis

11-25 April 2015

As an outdoor / plein air painter I’m used to being outdoors painting in the elements and I hop from place to place almost harvesting the landscape for small quick paintings. So using the house as a base, a preparation area and storage place were my expectations, but it was the Cape itself that provided me with most of my inspiration and is where I did most of my work. The facilities helped me produce  larger paintings,  taking the sturdy easel out into the garden and painting the succession of headlands to Lands End, the rocks of Priests Cove and the houses above. And it’s these paintings that I’m most pleased with and have encouraged me to work in this way more often. I’m now going to take a larger easel and canvases to Scotland in June alongside my usual kit and work from the garden of the cottage I’ve hired there. It doesn’t have the studio of Brisons Veor but I’ll try to make it work.
The Residency coincided with a project I’m doing at the moment to paint a landscape outdoors everyday for a year, 365 paintings. The project finishes in July and it has been great for the people following it to see landscapes of St Ives, Padstow, Polkerris, Lands End, Sennen, PorthCurno, St Micheals Mount, Botallack as well as Cape Cornwall. These paintings will be exhibited as part of the 365 in July and will make a lovely block of Cornish landscapes among my usual Welsh mountains and valleys.
The residency has already resulted in the offer of a ‘Featured Artist’ exhibition in a Gallery I exhibit with in Padstow. They saw the images I posted on social media during my stay and would like to exhibit the work. The response to my postings on social media was very positive and popular and I’ve passed on Information about Brison Veor to artists who were interested.
The weather was very co-operative for most of the two weeks, apart from two days of sea fog and a half day of rain I was blessed with warm sunshine.

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