I went out to Levant Mine on Tuesday and walked along towards Geevor. A stretch of the Cornish coastline littered with the remains of mining, it holds a real fascination for me. I drew a quick sketch of the coastline but it was far too cold to stay still, so I took loads of photographs.
These little collages (about 5"x5") are a first step response to some of the little details that I looked at. I'm not trying to represent the mines, or the landscape for that matter, I'm just seeing what happens when I look at some of the photos again.
I have a LOT of images I want to work from, so this is a long term project. I've been wanting to do something based on this particular bit of coastline for ages.
I don't know, or really want to know what the buildings did, the mystery of not knowing creates a place which lives entirely in my imagination.
One of the buildings with the sky and the sea behind
My sketch...the little dots are the sea spray !
It's an amazing mixture of wild natural beauty and strange industrial remnants.
I used acrylic paint rolled out on glass to print the black lines. It doesn't really have the right consistency for glass monoprinting, but I just ordered some medium which says it makes acrylic suitable for block printing. I'll show the results when I've tried it. I painted the bright colours with watercolour over the top. Click on the image itself to make it bigger.
These are some pages from my sketchbooks. I've been looking through because I want to start a series of landscape paintings based on my drawings and some new sketches. All the landscapes are near Cape Cornwall. Might as well do local !