Mevagissey Quay

Acrylic painting on watercolour paper

This piece, now complete of the small fishing village in Cornwall – Mevagissey. A scene of the harbour on a rather cloudy yet atmospheric day, without much activity on the quayside.

This original painting is available for sale, please contact me for more information.

Mevagissey Quay by Glen Smith

A brief look around the quayside at Mevagissey

I recently revisited Mevagissey since finishing this painting and took this video clip. The fishing boat ‘Provider‘ seen below, is the subject of a forthcoming painting, to be featured here soon.



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Dartmoor Stream painting

A Crisp Morning in December

This is a painting I undertook some years ago, seeking to capture the feeling of landscape on cold, yet bright day in the depths of winter on Dartmoor, Devon.

Dartmoor Stream; a painting in acrylics by Glen Smith


I remember the reflection of the sky in the stream was an incredible electric blue colour which I’ve prominently featured in this composition. The original piece was painted in acrylics an watercolour paper and took several months in my studio to complete.


Dartmoor Stream; detail

Painting Status

I do have prints available, however, the original painting is unavailable for purchase.



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Newquay Harbour – A painting in acrylics

Blustery April Day on Towan Beach

Whilst visiting Newquay in springtime and taking a walk on a bright, blustery day, I came across this scene of fishing boats between the exposed harbour arms  at low tide. It was cold and bright day with the wind causing foam to blow onto the wet sand and up the beach.

Newquay Harbour at low tide


I am very proud to have had this piece accepted for the Royal Society of Marine Artists Exhibition 2016 at The Mall Galleries, London from 28 September to 8 October 2016. 

Detail of Newquay Harbour painting

Painting Status

Newquay Harbour is for sale.

This painting is framed with a cream coloured mount and a natural oak moulding, measuring 500mm x 400mm.


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Gull Rocks, Holywell Bay – A painting of north Cornwall in acrylics


Taking a walk on an August afternoon, there was a feeling of change in the air and an end to the recent hot weather.  Used as a location for the BBC series Poldark and not having visited before, I anticipated something special and wasn’t disappointed. As the beach opened out I could see the whole bay in front of me. In the distance was a rocky headland, on my right side huge sand dunes and to my left two enormous peaks. Known as Gull Rocks or Carter’s Rocks, these dramatically rise from the sea about 500 yards from the beach.

The tide was coming in, the swell getting bigger and people were leaving the beach as the wind strengthened with the threat of imminent rain looming. Filled with inspiration, I took my pad, did a couple of rough sketches and took a couple of photos of this amazing place, before heading back to the car and shelter from the incoming squall.

The Painting

I wanted to capture the essence of Holywell Bay, Gull Rocks and the atmosphere of that blustery day on the beach, with the marram grass of the dunes, turquoise Atlantic and the threatening skies. The resulting painting is in acrylics on watercolour paper with the image measuring approximately 14 x 10 inches.

The rugged Cornish coastline at Holywell Bay

Status of Painting

This piece is now available. The painting is now varnished, mounted and has been framed in a beautiful, understated natural oak frame.  I am pleased to announce Gull Rocks, Holywell Bay will be exhibited at The Oxmarket, Chichester from 20th June – 2nd July 2017.

Detail, Holywell Bay, Cornwall

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Headlands, Port Gaverne

Port Isaac visit

Having spent an enjoyable time exploring the picturesque village of Port Isaac (made famous by the TV series Doc Martin), my family and I walked along the coastal path and were met with this view. The dramatic north Cornish coastline curving away in the distance, the inlet and rocks of Port Gaverne and the Headlands Hotel on the right, with a foreground of grasses and the vibrant orange Montbretia.

The Painting

Headlands, Port Gaverne

Painted in acrylics on watercolour paper,  I started in my usual manner with a pencil sketch, followed by underpainting, building up layers of semi-transparent colour, then adding further foreground texture with a palette knife.
This image measures approximately 14×10 inches.

Headlands, Port Gaverne – detail



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Twitter Art Exhibit 17

I am very happy to support Twitter Art Exhibit and to donate this postcard titled ‘Holywell Bay‘ for this year’s #TAE exhibition and sale in support of the charity Molly Olly’s Wishes.

All funds raised from the sale of donated cards will go to the charity to help children with life threatening or terminal illnesses.  The opening night is 1 April 2017 (6-9pm) at the ArtsHouse in Stratford upon Avon, with the sale from 1-19 April.

This scene

This painting, another of my coastal scenes of the rugged north Cornish coast at Holywell Bay, close to Newquay.  I remember walking here on a windy summer’s day with a good swell pushing the rising tide up the beach and forming amazing turquoise waves. I have painted this in acrylics using brushwork in the sky and sea and palette knife for the rocks.

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After The Storm

The Scene

Looking out to sea from Widemouth Bay near Bude, towards Crackington Haven and Tintagel beyond on a particularly rough day.  After The Storm is painted with acrylics on watercolour paper,using a monochromatic underpainting technique as a base, then adding colours with a transparent glaze,  giving an almost duotone appearance.  This piece measures approx 6″x12″ and is for sale. Please contact me for details.

End of the Storm by Glen Smith

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