Rupert Whale, 19 – 26th January 2019

Two artists: One… painting (acrylic) and drawing   One… quilting, poetry

The setting, the relative isolation and the sound of the sea were hugely invigorating and refreshing. The cottage was perfect; warm, comfortable, well-equipped and furnished without feeling too precious, it was easy to work in. We enjoyed working on our own projects together while in the upstairs studio where the light was good day and night.

I went with the intention of recording with photos and sketches the visual differences, similarities and energies of the land, sea and sky. These were to inform successive paintings/drawings.

After a long journey from London, the cottage, sights, sounds and fresh air were both invigorating and inspiring. I walked, observed, listened, photographed and filmed around Brisons Veor and the immediate coast, which provided me with lots of resources when returning indoors. I made a number of painted sketches and two larger pieces on unstretched canvas that I was satisfied with …but only wished for more time.

As my visit happily coincided with a meeting of local artists in Penzance, to which Patricia had kindly invited me I was able to enjoy hearing about their various practices and to talk a little about my residency.

I expected my sketches, photos and experience of the residency to inform my practice, directly or indirectly as soon as I returned to my London studio. This has already begun to happen as I have embarked on a new series of paintings/drawings that I anticipate could last for some time! Some of these will hopefully be shown in forthcoming group shows in Scarborough (https://coastival.com), Art Factory, Islington (London), Koppel Gallery (Soho) and China.

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