I want to return to Cornwall, not only because I have Cornish DNA but because I have become interested in the wealth of artists who have visited or lived in Cornwall. Turner visited St Ives in 1811, the American artist Whistler visited as did Walter Sickert.
And this is "Saltash with the Water Ferry" which illustrates his brilliance in painting the light which I have heard claimed is different to anywhere else on earth.
If you're interested in Turner there is an interesting record of his sketches of Cornwall on this site from the Tate. Unfortunately the quality is not good but well worth a look. (http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/turner-lands-end-cornwall-d36324)
Turner's interest in Cornwall is credited with influencing other artists to move to Cornwall and by the 1920s establishment of the Cornish art colonies at St Ives and the not so well known Newlyn in the late 1880s. After WW1 Cornwall had become an established home for artists and today claims the largest concentration of artists outside London.
With Sickert and Whistler on this painting trip to Cornwall was a little known Australian painter, Mortimer Menpes, who is probably our first internationally celebrated artist. We will have a look at his work in another Blog.
Tomorrow we are going to look at the work of the artist Mary Jewels who lived and worked in Newlyn, Cornwall.
Don't forget to let me know if there is any particular art topic or question you would like me to discuss.