TERRI HOGAN – PAINTING AND DRAWING

I have arrived, and the cottage looks so beautiful, the sun is hot and the sea is shining and bright. Before I unpack my car I just have to go and gaze at the sea and walk to the top of the Cape where I remain watching, and thinking and loving every second.

My intention is to continue walking the cliffs drawing and painting whilst making particular reference to the Tin Mining of the past. The situation is unbelievably beautiful and when the tide is high the waves crash beneath the cottage. To be constantly in sight and sound of the sea for my stay is so energising and conducive to work.

Cape Cornwall-111x111cm-mixed media

Cape Cornwall-111x111cm-mixed media

The weather is astoundingly good compared to the endless rain of last year. I am able to spend my days outside walking and working and during the evenings in the cottage I continue to work with the doors open and listen to the sea.  As the evening darkens I watch the moon reflected in the water across Priests Cove. At times the tide is high and racing and I wonder how the seabirds and seals survive in these fierce and strong tides.

Across Priests Cove

Across Priests Cove

I observe so many choughs, hawks, gulls and seals; I feel so close to nature in each and every way, there are quiet times, particularly early in the morning when I relish the solitude. Early mornings are times for walking on the cliff tops with large scale pieces of prepared Fabriano and an assortment of paints and charcoal, graphite etc, These paintings are working studies that will lead into future large scale works. Some I am pleased with as drawings in their own right, one morning in the rain I return and leave some to dry on the washing line.

drawings hung out to dry

drawings hung out to dry

The Coast Watch officers are a wealth of local information, arriving at 7.30am and leaving at 5.30pm. The library in St Just is well stocked for my needs.
I fill pages and pages with drawings in sketch books as I walk the cliffs and study Priests Cove, Porthledden, and Kenidjack, as well as further afield to Geevor, Levant and Botallack.

Levant Cliffs ii- 125 x79cm-mixed media

Levant Cliffs ii- 125 x79cm-mixed media

I feel compelled to return to the area again and again and can never imagine feeling that I have completed the definitive statement and works. The environment of the cottage is calm and conducive to my practice, but all too soon my time is up and I have to pack and leave, so much completed work and a wealth of sketch book drawings and works on paper, I look forward to my autumn and winter which will be spent in translating this source material into future paintings.

Terri Hogan
http://www.terrihogan.co.uk/