“This is one of many paintings I have made of this North Cornwall fishing village. I run painting holidays at Tregardock, near Delabole, and we always visit Port Isaac on our first day to fill ourselves with inspiration.
This part of Cornwall has retained a lot of its distinctive atmosphere and hasn’t let commercialism and tourism completely take over. It retains authenticity with fishing boats and a fish market, and its sheltered harbour flooded with sunlight always inspires.
In this case I was inspired by the bright blue October sky reflected in the wet beach, the blue of the shadows and slate on the facades of old cottages that surround the harbour, and by the compositional focus of the lonely fishing boat, similarly coloured, unloading in the sunshine.
The beach has been used as a temporary car park for visitors, but on this occasion it was empty of everything except boats, seagulls, sunlight…and one or two artists!
Just after visiting the harbour I created Blue Boat, Blue Skies, Port Isaac on paper in the studio at Tregardock from the sketch below, using acrylic ink, soluble graphite pencil, oil pastel and acrylic paint.”
Profile of the artist
Chris Forsey RI SGFA studied art and graphics in Bristol and began his art career in a publisher’s studio. He is a self-taught watercolour painter, constantly trying to extend and add to his skills in water-based media. Chris specialises in landscape subjects, exploring the themes of man-made alongside the organic. He is inspired by downland, coastal scenes of the UK and the Mediterranean, as well as café life and townscapes.
Chris has exhibited with the Royal Watercolour Society and the Royal Institute of Painters (RI) in Watercolour. In 2006 he was awarded the prestigious F Donald Blake Award for a contemporary watercolour by the Lincoln Joyce Gallery at the RI spring exhibition, and at the 2007 RI exhibition he won the Matt Bruce Memorial Award for light and colour.
Chris runs his own watercolour classes in Surrey, Sussex and in the Greek Islands, and undertakes commissions of landscape subjects and house portraits. To see more of Chris’ work and details of his painting holidays, courses and exhibitions in 2014, please visit his web site www.chrisforsey.com. To follow Chris on Facebook, please click here.