Wheal Coates Art
Original Contemporary Cornish Wheal Coates Art Petite Painting
By Cornish Artist Diane Griffiths
Wheal Coates is an old tin mine sitting on the cliff tops between Porthtowan and St Agnes. It’s one of the most iconic tin mines within Cornwall because of it’s stunning cliff-top settings. This one of many beautiful coastlines on the north Cornwall coast. Surprisingly the focus of this painting is more on the slightly chaotic and theatrical sky, rather than the tin mine itself, the building helps you to place the painting – but it’s the sky which draws the attention.
Work in Progress
With this piece I wanted the focus to be the dramatic swirling sky dancing overhead, only then complemented by the historic building of the tin mine. In the first image you can see the first layer of colour which was a successful layer for me, it gave me a strong foundation to work on. Next I added in more detail in the cliffs to start building up the coastline. It’s a bit dark at this stage, so the next step was to pull the colour and light together to create the finished piece.