Salcombe Art Club Exhibition Preview: Sunset at Start Point II
Sunset at Start Point II is one of a crop of six new paintings destined for the Salcombe Art Club Summer Exhibition.
- 136 Sunset at Start Point II
- 137 Longstone
- 138 Merlins Crossing the Bar
- 139 Watching the Merlins Race
- 140 Noss Mayo Sunset
- 143 Yawls at Salcombe Harbour Hotel
Right now, they are with the framer so they are not available to view just yet. However, if you want to purchase ahead of the Exhibition, and save 10% on the price (they range from £500 to £750), contact me to arrange a private viewing ahead of handing day on 24 March.
Start Point is off my beaten track?
It’s true this iconic sight is a good forty minutes away from my home in Salcombe. However, the image of Start Point lighthouse was captured while Anne and I were living in rented accommodation in Bickerton, a stone’s throw from Hallsands.
We would often walk along the cliff path at the end of a day, enjoying the beautiful sights between us and Beesands, en route to the Cricket Inn for some refreshment.
On one particular evening, the sail training vessel Leader was anchored and the evening light just saturating everything it touched. Leader has almost a ‘pirate’ presence especially when silhouetted against a sunset.
I took photos, as usual, and then later decided on a composition.
The result was Sunset at Start Point, shown on the right. Being square, it made for an easy fine art greetings card and has been one of my best-sellers.
What made me paint Sunset at Start Point II?
Sunset at Start Point sold very quickly at Salcombe Art Club Exhibition in 2012.
That, together with good sales of the card, indicated it is a popular scene. However, I didn’t just want to paint it again!
So, the tonal slant is very different between the two paintings. Also, the first was an acrylic while this new one is an oil painting.
This new image, Sunset at Start Point II, will also be made into a fine art greetings card – a square version of my rectangular image – as per the featured image at the top of this blog post.
Out of 142 completed paintings to date, 80+ have been sold, but more than 60 are available as fine art greetings cards.
In Salcombe, my card designs are stocked at Bonningtons (the newsagents) and Salcombe Information Centre (both a short walk from the Loft Studio).
Further afield, my cards are stocked by Malborough Post Office – they offer the entire range – The Gallery at Avon Mill, The Gallery Project at Noss Mayo, and in Bloomers, the florist in Kingsbridge.
Just think: for less than 1% of the sales price of an original painting, you can invest in a fine art greetings card. Send it to a friend or frame it for yourself.