The inspiring coast of Cornwall

Cornwall coast by AppleApricot Wen

Cornwall had been on my wish list for a long time before we made it there. I grew up in a coastal town myself and really longed to visit the south west end of the UK. And I was not disappointed. Now I really long to go back there again and again.

beachcombing by AppleApricot Wen

It's that's feeling of really being on vacation, that I also always have when we drive to our local coast and pass the sand dunes. On these coasts the trees are lower than inland. There's more bushes than trees, really. You hear the seagulls and smell the salt of the sea in the refreshing breeze. And of course there's the sea. The waves splashing on the beach over and over again.

It's the hours spent beachcombing.
Finding treasures in shells, stones, sea glass and pottery pieces.

textile art embroidery coast study by AppleApricot Wen

It's a place so inspiring, I take loads and loads of photos to bring back home some of the beauty and memories. At home I wish to capture it all, studying in threads, fabrics, paints, and so on.

And I don't mind the weather on coasts like this.
I want to stay outdoors for as long as possible. You really have to drag me home then.

Cornwall coast by AppleApricot Wen

The hills and cliffs, the beaches and sea, they inspired me to experiment with crochet. I used a version of the so called wave stitch, and varied with working in back loop, front loop and both loops, to add some depth to the piece. I also started adding some tiny flowers in embroidery. Where this will lead me, I have no idea, but I'm having a whole lot of fun anyway :)

painting and crochet by AppleApricot Wen

And the colours also inspired me to get some paint going as well, as you can see.

I love paintings worked in detail and abstracts equally. It's just like nature. Nature paints in wild landscapes, flora and fauna, magical small worlds in details, and abstracts and patterns.

Here's an abstract painting by nature:

Cornwall coast textures by AppleApricot Wen

Isn't it just gorgeous? Plant life holding on to ancient coastal rocks, washed by the tidal waves. 
Waves that bring little treasures to the coast: sea glasses, pottery, shells.

beachcombing pottery sea glass and shells by AppleApricot Wen

Found in rock pools and harbours.

Here the ocean has withdrawn. But only for a little while. You have plenty of time to do some beachcombing, but make sure to keep an eye on the tide and go back to dry land in time. I didn't, and got wet feet. Luckily I was close enough to the beach. Others had gone a little further and had to swim back. They had fun though, and got back safely.

Cornwall coast by AppleApricot Wen

I can see why so many artists are inspired by the Cornish coast.
Here are some of my favourite Cornwall inspired artists (in alphabetic order):

Cornwall coast by AppleApricot Wen

The only thing that I regret, is that I didn't shoot more video on this trip.
Oh well, next time!

Is there a particular coast you have fond memories of or which you would love to visit?
Do you love beachcombing?

xx Wen


  1. Oh how I wish I could see for real!! In the meantime I'm happy to live vicariously through your photos, knowing that the odds of ever seeing it with my own eyes are nil.

  2. I so wish to visit this place one day!Lovely photos of sea finds!AriadnefromGreece!

  3. What lovely sea glass and shells. This looks like the village where Doc Martin is filmed, I know it is in the Cornwall area.

  4. Hello my dear ,oh would I love beachcombing with you, on this absolutely gorgeous place.
    So wonderful photos , you are sharing, it looks like such a lovely and ,so much more "soft" beach, than the one I find near to me, here. Also not as many treasures , as you are finding.I love your crochet ,you started, and also the beach inspired mixed media, you artfully created, dear Wen.
    If once I visit there, with you, promise to get me to the beach in time, as I can`t swim :-)
    Love from Dorthe

  5. Oh I too love Cornwall... We have family there but don't get to visit too much. Your photos are stunning and I can even smell the salt air.. Stunning painting and I'm loving your crocheting too! Sending hugs!

  6. I have always wanted to go there too, I didn't make it there when we lived in England, your pictures are wonderful, I love all the flowers near the shore there. You have collected some neat stuff and cool crocheting that has inspired you, your painting is just beautiful, you have done a great job capturing the beauty of the area, glad you had such a wonderful time!!


Thank you so much for leaving me a sweet message, I love reading your comments. Hugs and happy day to you! xx Wen