Thursday, October 21, 2010

the Penwith Peninsular


We have returned from an excursion to the Penwith Peninsular, that wild extremity of the South West.
Staying in an old fashioned hotel on the beach in the bay where Ben Nicholson lived, I find tropical plants & old leather sofas in the conservatory where I can sit to read within earshot of the Atlantic. The place is Carbis Bay, close to St Ives.

The locality is steeped in art, Lanyon, Hepworth, Leach, Heron, Wallis, Garbo, Nicholson all worked here and have left their mark on the place. Just two days after traveling was a short time to take it in - but we did our best, seing The Tate, Hepworth, Leach, visiting Lanyon's St Just for cream tea and S/h books, drawing at that evocative hamlet of Zennor and buying new plants in an extraordinary nursery in Penzance. 

October was good to us, more parking and lots of sunshine.
 Now with my head full of new things, I return to work.