View from Zennor Head, Zennor, Cornwall

Detail from "View from Zennor Head", Nr Zennor, Cornwall.
Oil. Alistair Butt © 2009.

Zennor headland is a short walk from the attractive village of Zennor, situated on the north Cornwall coast between St Ives and Lands End.

My intention was to do some reference sketches for a painting showing a view from the headland but the sea in the foreground (there's a bay behind the rocks) was very flat and uninteresting so I started looked for other viewpoints.

Having climbed all over the rocks, seen to the left, without much joy I managed to get as far away as possible to obtain this view, not helped by the land sloping away down to the sea and the thick vegetation not allowing easy movement unless jumping from stone to stone.

In the end I was pleased with the view and wanted to capture the rugged stones against the distant headlands Carnelloe Head, then Gunnards Head (far right) and Pendeen (small section on the distant horizon).

Not really a complicated painting, with the sky and sea painted wet into wet or wet against wet followed by working from the background forwards of all the land sections always being aware of the tones and colour shifts.

On a hot June day (there was the odd one or two last year), well worth the short walk, a great place for lunch (non other that a freshly made Cornish Pasty from St Ives) and less effort than the group of people that passed by and seen over an hour later on the Carnelloe Head, having followed the coast path which drops down to sea level before climbing back to the same level.

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