Looking for inspiration? Look no further! As the most frequently painted places in the UK, these iconic spots have been inspiring artists for centuries, with one exception..
With so many beautiful coastal points to choose from, Cornwall’ s picturesque landscape is a long-standing favourite for artists. St Ives, Mousehole and Newlyn with its School of Art all ensure that this beautiful county remains at the forefront of our artistic heritage.
2. The Houses of Parliament
If it’s good enough for Monet… He painted The Houses of Parliament from his Savoy hotel room on numerous occasions to demonstrate the effect of London’s changeable weather conditions on a stationary object. Since its completion in 1860 the current neo-gothic design has proved irresistible to artists the world over.
3. The Lake District
Who can resist the unique beauty of England’s largest National Park? Turner famously painted The Lake District on several occasions – bringing the beauty of the mountainous landscape to life with watercolours. Artists continue to flock to this World Heritage Site, tempted by the picturesque scenery of areas such as Castlerigg Stone Circle, Keswick, Ravenglass and Borrowdale.
4. The Scottish Highlands
This region’s dramatic landscape, coupled with its sense of serenity, makes for an awe-inspiring subject matter. Popular areas for capturing its beauty include Glencoe and An Teallach.
5. The London Eye
A new entry, but this recent addition is not to be underestimated. Despite its (arguably-tricky-to-paint) structure this London landmark inspires artwork at an unprecedented rate. ’The Eye’ has become one of the London skyline’s most recognisable and most artistically appreciated attractions.
Shirley is a Cornish artist who has developed a very unique, and instantly recognisable style of painting. Her style could be described as Naïve, using blocked colour and simplified forms.
Shirley loves walking and kayaking, using the photos she takes whilst pursuing these hobbies as inspiration for her paintings. She is inspired by the beautiful county of Cornwall and her paintings reflect her love of this area.