poetry and prose about place

gates and wirescape (day 38-40)

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On Day 38 to Day 40 of my virtual bike trip along the Cornwall coast,  colourful houses and storefronts caught my eye …


Map Day 38 to Day 40 b

map showing distance travelled (map from Google Earth)


7-38  October 8, 2013  25 minutes  3.0 km  (Penopal to south of Mylor Bridge)


As usual, I also loved the gates I ‘saw’ along the way. The gate below, on the road to Mylor Bridge, had shaped posts.  When I painted them, however, they looked like milk bottles, so I squared them off.  I took other liberties with this one as well …



inspiration for ‘gate on Carclew Road’ (image from Street View)


October 12, 2013  'gate on Carclew Road'   Jane Tims

October 12, 2013 ‘gate on Carclew Road’ Jane Tims


7-39  October 11, 2013  35 minutes  3.0 km  ( south of Mylor Bridge to Mylor)


The houses in Mylor Bridge are quite colourful, so I stopped to paint this row.  Painting the wire overhead takes a steady hand and concentration …



inspiration for ‘houses in Mylor Bridge’ (image from Street View)


October 12, 2013   'houses in Mylor Brdge'   Jane Tims

October 12, 2013 ‘houses in Mylor Brdge’ Jane Tims


7-40  October 13, 2013  30 minutes  3.0 km  (Mylor to Flushing)


More colourful houses caught my eye as I ‘biked’ along the Penryn River near Flushing.  The purple pigment would not cooperate so the tumble of flowers ended up red in the painting!  …


dooryard in Flushing

inspiration for ‘dooryard in Flushing’ (image from Street View)


October 14, 2013  'dooryard in Flushing'  Jane Tims

October 14, 2013 ‘dooryard in Flushing’ Jane Tims


The scene below is from somewhere along the streets of Falmouth, just across the Penryn River from Flushing.  I loved the colourful houses and storefronts but after I had painted the scene, I could not find the image in Street View.  I wonder what the woman in the painting would think if she knew she was the star of my Blog today! …


October 14, 2013  'side walk'   Jane Tims

October 14, 2013 ‘side walk’ Jane Tims


Copyright  2013  Jane Tims

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  1. Love the houses in Mylor Bridge watercolor – they look so welcoming and cozy.


    Barbara Rodgers

    October 28, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    • Hi Barbara. I know a few places with ‘jelly-bean’ houses. They do look very quaint! Jane


      jane tims

      October 28, 2013 at 7:31 pm

  2. I like that you paint in the wires. I’d be tempted to leave them out (and often try to do that when I’m photographing something where there are wires), but they look so much nicer in paintings. Beautiful paintings. 🙂



    October 25, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    • Hi Robin. I find it very tempting to edit out the ‘unbeautiful’. Sometimes I think that misses the real beauty of life, the scrungy detail that makes life what it is. I am going to watch for this as I chose my subjects. Jane


      jane tims

      October 25, 2013 at 6:38 pm

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