charcoal plein air sketches, lanyons quoit and rocks on the cliffs
Lanyon Quoit, Penwith, Cornwall. charcoal sketch. Vivien Blackburn
Charcoal is such a painterly medium to use, so expressive and versatile. I love it. This sketch of Lanyon Quoit, which dates from about 2500 BC was done in a mix of willow charcoal and charcoal pencil.. It's only about 10 ins in size, in my sketchbook, but I want to do a large drawing too.
Huge rock formation on the cliffs above Sennen Cove, charcoal sketch. Vivien Blackburn
I think our ideas of what constitutes beautiful landscape stem from our childhood. I lived in Cornwall and loved the rocks, the wild seas, the changing weather, light colour and the special light there, also the little narrow lanes with trees meeting overhead and glimpses through gateways in the high hedges of farms and valleys and the sea or the trees twisted into strange one sided growth by the prevailing winds on exposed hillsides.
My father spent a lot of his childhood in Hampshire and loves woods and trees and lush countryside and doesn't 'get' the wilder, sometimes bleaker, places that I love.