Salcombe Inspiration

SALCOMBE INSPIRATION

29542109_1737250039665683_5203009571896614985_nIt is now the beginning of the new season in Salcombe and it was time for my husband and I to make our way to Devon to deliver my new work to the two places in Salcombe that exhibit it: Gallery5 on Island Street and Bo’s Beach Cafe inside the old lifeboat house in South Sands.

It was lovely to catch up with Magles and John in Gallery5, and hear about how the deep snow they’d had throughout March had stopped them getting into work for several days at a time! We weren’t surprised to hear this because we’d seen the snow drifts lining the edges of fields and lanes on our drive in!

29542782_1739300169460670_233551203275495033_nWe had a lovely chat and a cuppa with Kimi in Bo’s with my newly hung work on the wall, while looking out onto the beach with it’s stunning and ever changing seascape.

We also caught up with Pete who was getting the Sea Tractor ready for the start of the season (starting on Good Friday). He bought another batch of postcards from me, which will be sold on the Sea Tractor again this year. He was very pleased to report that he sold his last 2 postcards on the last day of the season in 2017!!

We were very lucky this time to have acquired a holiday cottage (through a friendly resident called Lizzie that we have got to know) right in the town and waterfront, with spectacular views across the water. What a treat!

The bedroom had a wonderful window seat, 29594748_1739034149487272_63495618186593295_nwhich was such a fantastic vantage point to sit and sketch the boats as they passed by, as well as the chimney pots on the houses below with their resident seagulls and pigeons! I now also have about a zillion pictures of various sailing boats, ferries and fishing boats, snapped on my phone as they passed by my window, which will come in handy when I start creating my next new body of work.

We managed a lovely walk on one sunny day when we caught the ferry to Portlemouth and walked all the way to the headland and back. There are so many interesting views of Salcombe and beyond, and I especially love the many characterful trees the line the route, providing me with plenty of inspiration along the way. My peak moment29511635_10155749920286622_1832815308283047459_n came when we made it down to Sunny cove and ate our lunch out of the wind in a little sun trap. We even managed a little bit of sunbathing – laying side by side on the soft sand in our waterproof coats!!

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Our friend Lizzie told us about a new gallery that had opened nearby in Hope Cove, a short drive west from Salcombe. The little town itself has a character all of it’s own, with old fishing cottages and fishing boats, and seems to attract lots of holidaymakers throughout the year.

The little29512418_1739302892793731_5418185463820875089_n gallery was unfortunately closed up for the day by the time we found it, but I was definitely inspired by the vibe of the place and I plan to create a few new pieces of work that feature it’s cottages, boats and the sandy cove itself. We’d been lucky to arrive at low tide, when we could properly explore it for the first time; the last and only time we visited it, it was a stormy high tide and much of the beach was inaccessible, so we missed quite a lot of the views. I remember my late father talking about Hope Cove, so I’m delighted to have finally discovered it’s charm! 29541512_1739305609460126_2885746209515201712_n

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