Hayle from an artists perspective

Hayle and Godrevy have a special place in my heart as this is where my wife Lorraine came from.

The farm at Godrevy Lighthouse was their family home and as a young painter from Brighton was completely captured by the beauty of firstly Lorraine and then Godrevy and the stunning seas overlooking St Ives Bay and the spot where we first courted.

The Lighthouse now unfortunately is not in use, but the landmark still is. It is an awesome spectacle. The seas dark and moody rush through as they are forced through the gap between the land and the rock that houses the lighthouse. It is a treacherous piece of water. There are also seals which live on the more secluded beaches. There is always a surf and to the left on the beaches there are many surfers chancing the waves.

It gets very busy in the summer and is owned by the National Trust. There are Lifeguards there, but they can by limited in some of the more treacherous beaches with a riptide that will and does cause loss of life so not to be taken lightly. Having said that It’s a wonderful place to paint and there are many good spots. John Miller painted the beaches of Hayle and Godrevy and you can find his prints of blues and greens all over the place.

A superb Artist who lived on the Estuary at Hayle which you get to via St Uni Church and walk down past the golf course to find an opening under a railway bridge. There before your eyes there is an Artists wonder. The estuary with the little wooden shack houses on the other side, people kayaking and walkers and beachcombers and lazy time sunbathers enjoying the sun and yellow sand.

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Alan is a lifelong artist with a passion for landscapes and outdoor painting. He is based in Penzance, Cornwall where he dedicates his life to his work and capturing the unique beauty of Cornwall.