The Isles of Scilly are a haven for visiting artists. Painters, from Winifred Nicholson to Kurt Jackson, have been drawn to the islands again and again, to paint in the open air.
It’s an island of contrasts, with serene white-sand beaches on the east coast and the rugged granite shores of Hell Bay and Shipman Head on the west. We loved the feeling of solitude, as you walk the narrow coast path through carpets of heather and drifts of wildflowers.
Like in Cornwall, the island weather is changeable. You can experience all four seasons in one day, ranging from bright sun in the morning to storm clouds and showers in the afternoon.
We took our sketch books and captured our impressions of the islands and boats. With blissfully little to do but potter and paint, we worked ‘en plein air’, capturing the ever-changing light on the land and sea.