St.Just from an artists perspective

St Just is the last town before you hit the Atlantic Ocean and has that rather bleak windswept feel about it. I like this element to it, but it is bleak and stony, and the wind can break you down. It is quintessentially Cornish and that adds to the charm. I have painted this subject a few times and like to go there want I want a bit of peace and quit and something a little more real. I have been plein air painting with my good friend Russ Holland who first got me interested in painting St Just.

There is a clock Tower a Church or two and a centre bit with pubs and pasty shops and a spar shop, a few galleries and lots of single story little house and a church house. Fred Yates used to paint this subject matter a lot and has depicted it very well. From where I live it is a 20 minute drive west through again some baron but quite stunning landscape so there is always a chance that on the way there you might find a spot to get out of the car and paint. But be warned ,it can get windy.

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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.