I don't normally like to paint a scene without having experienced a place, but this painting was commissioned by a good friend. A trip to New Zealand would have been ideal, though unfortunately unrealistic! Instead I gathered together imagery from other sources including drone footage I found online which gave a sense of the location. The rock formation in the sea also features in the opening of the film "The Piano". It's a small painting: 22 x 18cm.
Facing the disappointment of spending two weeks at home instead of on holiday in Cornwall due to the coronavirus lockdown, I set myself a challenge of painting a Cornish sketch a day to console myself and to try and help cheer up other members of the family too. I dug out my sketchbooks and photos from many previous visits to the county and set to work, experimenting with different styles of painting at a small scale. As I went on, I sent photos of the paintings, one each day
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