New tote bag and Cornish drawings…

For about ten years now we’ve been spending a couple of weeks every summer staying in a secluded spot on the Helford River, just inland from Falmouth in Cornwall–Daphne du Maurier country! We’ve become very attached to this stretch of the coast over the years, with its hidden coves and dramatic shoreline. While the children do impressions of baby seals for hours on end, I sit on the beach or on the harbour wall at Helford Passage with my lovely friend Debbie George and draw…

Helford Passage sketch
Helford Passage sketch






From the tiny beach at Grebe, just inside the mouth of the Helford River, there is the most wonderful peninsula. I’ve painted the view before and am now working on a detailed print. It features–at various scales–repeatedly in my holiday sketchbooks!

The hill opposite Grebe







This year’s drawings were a mixture of pencil, fine drawing pen (0.1), and ink and rigger brush. I’ve carried on sketching since we got back, gradually bringing in elements of the fields around where we live, which are a lot flatter. There are some nice lines, though–quite literally in the case of the lines of old telegraph poles that dot the landscape. Those merged sketches have led to our next tote bag.

It’s a two-colour print in three colourways again. We’ve also enjoyed some small but beautiful flocks of late summer swallows, who feature–you’ll have to enlarge these thumbnails to see them though! Once again, these are available on Folksy and Etsy.