A Chance Meeting at the Beach

Posted on October 5th, 2014


Every week I look forward to Tuesday’s from Easter to October as this is our beach afternoon. I collect all the children from their various schools and we head out to Polzeath where the triplets attend surf school and the others have a free 2 hours of beach fun to do as they choose. Usually the bigger ones bring their boards and surf too while I body board, however the sea has been like a millpond the past couple of weeks so we have been running the coast path together with a dip in the sea at the end. This week I instantly regretted the decision as there were some beautiful waves to surf.

Once the triplets were safely off with boards and wetsuits and the Surf’s Up team, the bigger boys and I agreed to run the coast path in the opposite direction to usual and see if we could make it as far as Rock beach.

My running these days is not very serious and I am easily distracted taking photos of the lovely view and the boys are soon way ahead of me. 


 Running the coast path


I hadn’t even managed a mile before a tent and sign on the cliff edge caught my attention. I wandered over and began to chat to Mark Gibbons who explained his work and how he sets up his tent around the coast painting the same stunning views I enjoy photographing.  It looked like the most idyllic way to earn a living and I was captivated.


Artist at Work on the cornish coast path


I had lost sight of the the boys by now and focussed on a gentle trot snapping away as I travelled. The peace and beauty of the coast is so refreshing I was lost in my own world and nearly missed them running back passed me along the vast stretch of beach!


Polzeath to Rock


Passing Mark again at his tent I could see I wasn’t the only one taken by the quality of his work. He had quite a crowd by now and was selling water colours as fast as he was creating them! I was glad I had a chance to chat on my way out and I’m hoping we might soon be supporting some of his work on show at Coombe Mill. We would make a perfect outlet for him to display his work and his delightful water colours would certainly brighten up any of our cottage and lodge walls. If you are down visiting us in the future do keep an eye out for them.


Mark Gibbons selling watercolours at the beach

In the mean time you can find out more about Mark and his work over on his website at Mark Gibbons Art, I promise it is worth a look.

This is just one picture I selected to share from his site, anyone who has visited Polzeath will recognise this scene.


Mark Gibbons Art - Polzeath beach


Back at the beach we managed a quick dip to cool off in the sea before the surfers came out telling us just how amazing the waves were. I’m definitely packing all our wetsuits and boards for next week. However my run was both productive and enjoyable and meeting Mark a real bonus. My love of Cornwall and the coast continues I hope the children never grow out of surfing!


 Mark Gibbons with his seascape at Polzeath


Disclosure: I was not paid or asked to write this post for Mark, I simply chose to share a chance meeting and a talented local artist.     

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