Gull Rocks, Holywell Bay

Gull Rocks, Holywell Bay - a painting of the rugged Cornish coastline by Glen Smith

The rugged Cornish coastline at Holywell Bay, painted in acrylics by Glen Smith


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. Continue reading

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Headlands, Port Gaverne


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.

A painting of the Cornish coastline near Port Isaac

Headlands, Port Gaverne

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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 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


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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Herne Bay Sunset – a painting of the north Kent coast


While on a short break in Kent during the summer holidays, I headed for the coast anticipating a sunset developing. I parked the car near Reculver, walked down the slope to the beach, onto the wave sculpted sand, then stood and admired in this amazing sunset with its incredible reflected colours.

Herne Bay Sunset

I was inspired to do his painting to recapture the moment I stood there, looking out to sea on a warm August evening with my feet arched over the ridges in the wet sand. Continue reading

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Mevagissey Rocks Study


My study of the rocks and water within Mevagissey harbour, focusing on the transparency and movement of the sea.

Rock Study

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The Swale, Oare Marshes


Now complete, this my painting of Oare Marshes, a nature reserve north of Faversham in Kent.

Oare Marshes, The Swale, Kent

This view at Harty Ferry, looks along an embankment following the contour of a footpath. Continue reading

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