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Land’s End Color Study

Published Monday, February 27th, 2006 in Cornwall« · »

I’ll preface this post with a quick note that we are now at a small cottage on a charming farm in Pendeen, Cornwall for what is turning out to be a wonderful holiday. I’ll write more about our trip in a future post, but for now I’d like to jot down some thoughts about the landscape of South West Cornwall and how it has got me thinking again about watercolor painting.

When I made these photographs of the coastline at Land’s End, I wasn’t entirely aware that I was capturing such a lovely and unique palette of colors. When standing in a location looking out over the vast views, it’s difficult to comprehend how truly singular it is, how different it is from all other views. That’s not to say I didn’t notice the stunning coastal rockscapes and breathtaking sea views. It’s only to point out that I didn’t also realize that even the colors of the cliffs and the vegetation and the water are all as unique to this place as its physical components, its climate, topography, flora, fauna. Color palettes, too, are endemic.

The other thing about place and color is that a location’s palette is dynamic. As weather, time of day, quality of atmosphere shift and mingle, the colors of the landscape transform. So this view of Land’s End, this assortment of hues, records an entirely unique configuration of elements that conspired to produce this beautiful complement of colors. My task now is to try and capture it in watercolor. That is quite a challenge.

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