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Maenporth Beach in Cornwall

Maenporth beach is a great place to spend a weekend. It is a small beautiful, tucked away cove in Cornwall. Because it is sheltered cove but has long rolling waves. Perfect for surfers, who were there most of the day enjoying the warm sea. The air temperature was similar to the sea temperature at about 16 degrees C.

The gently sloping beach has shallow water which is great for children. Situated approximately two miles south-southwest of Falmouth, the beach faces east across Falmouth Bay with views towards Pendennis Castle and the lighthouse on St Anthony Head.

There were quite a few swimmers just wearing bathing suits but I chose a shortie wetsuit so I could stay in the sea a bit longer.

The gently sloping beach of Maenporth was once a natural harbour but today the shallow inlet is an ideal spot for young swimmers, paddlers, and kayaks, whilst at low tide the rock pools are plenty.

There are excellent family facilities that include a cafe, car parking, public toilets and the opportunity to hire out a range of watersports activities including kayaking, sailing and scuba diving. The shipwreck of the ‘Ben Asdale’ can be spotted off shore, and is often explored by divers.

Yesterday went into Falmouth and wandered around some of the local galleries, seeing the work of local artists. Quite a few abstract paintings but also some artist had depicted local beaches but in a free ‘modern impressionist’ way. Lots of palette knife work. So this inspired me to get my paints out and do some pallet knife work on the beach.

Working outside really helps with getting the colours just right. It surprised me some of the colours I used and didn’t use, and I find you can only get that when you paint outdoors. So now I have finished a painting of Maenporth beach. Which is now sold, however I do have prints available here

Maenporth Beach



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Here’s a video of the beach

Video of the beach

The original oil painting I made after my visit to Maenporth Beach is now sold however prints are available here

Here is a timelapsed video of my painting process for Maenporth Beach

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