The wideness which the lark-song gives the sky
Shrinks at the clang of sea-birds sailing by
Whose notes are tuned to days when seas are high.
We have some wonderful artists at the gallery and I thought it was important to share some of their thoughts behind their working practice. So I asked Amanda Hoskin if she would start us off.
In her own words…
I was born and brought up in Cornwall and because of this I feel I have a very strong bond with the Cornish landscape, it is where I truly believe I belong. For me painting the ever changing moods of this landscape is fascinating and compelling.
I love to work outside this is where my initial ideas come from. I always have my sketchbooks and use them to put down quick sketches in watercolour/pastel etc-also notes of anything I may of noticed or felt while painting. They are such an important part of my whole process.
Next I return to the studio where I work on my oil paintings. Working in the studio is wonderful this is where everything gets filtered out and only the important aspects of the landscape come forward to me, the light,colours, energy, smells and sounds, really anything that evokes my memories of the place.
It is great to be exhibiting in the Jane Reeves Gallery, a new and exciting venture. So for this first collection I felt I wanted to paint Padstow/The Camel Estuary with it’s sweeping sandy beaches, brilliant blue clear seas and colourful flowers.
I remember this view so vivdly. It was a few years ago now when I was walking the entire Cornish Coastal Path as a solo show project. I walked down the path and there it was a wide expanse of sea, sky and sand stunning. It was a early morning and only a few people were around, the air was crisp and clear, for me it was a amazing start to the days walk I thought ‘I cannot believe this is my job’…
Come and see Amanda’s collection of beautiful paintings at our gallery in Padstow. ‘Beginnings’ runs for two weeks, starting at Easter, showing a varied range of work from other selected artists and including my latest fused glass paintings.
Nut-smell of gorse and honey-smell of ling
Waft out to sea the freshness of the spring
On sunny shallows, green and whispering.