October 11th, 2018 / posted by paularath

I love John Lovett’s painting of St. Michaels Mount!

Who knew there is a place in Cornwall that looks much like Mont St. Michel in France? Yep, it’s called St. Michael’s Mount.

It’s an island just offshore from the town of Marazion. It’s surmounted by a castle and fortress and contains a chapel where some religious rites of the local people were conducted. At the base of the Mount was the small community where the majority of the Mount’s inhabitants, the families of fishermen, resided. Now the island is under the control of the National Trust.

St. Michael’s Mount, a view from the shore of Marazion

At certain times of day, people can walk out to the island. However, we got there just as the tides were coming in and it was impossible.

My painting of St. Michael’s Mount. I used really rough paper!

Instead, we clambered over big rocks on the beach, chose a rock to sit on and another rock on which to place our palettes, paints and paper and merrily painted among the stinky seaweed.

Dartmouth, often referred to as the Jewel of the South Hams, was busy with tourists the day we painted there. It was a bank holiday and lots of Brits like to travel to this port side town for a breath of sea air and some shopping.

Dartmouth features a cobbled marketplace and ancient narrow streets with lots of art galleries and specialty shops. Ice cream seems to be quite a thing here too. And boats. Lots and lots of boats, John’s favorite subject.

Nearby is England’s version of Annapolis, the Royal Naval Academy, where their naval officers are trained.

The group gathers to study and paint boats on the water at Dartmouth.


John Lovett’s painting of Dartmouth port.

I finally succumbed to John’s passion for boats and tried to paint one of my own.

Paula’s painting of, you guessed it, a boat.

I found this lovely plaque in Dartmouth.

This plaque sits in the main town square in Dartmouth.

It’s interesting that World War II is still a clear memory in England. They never want to forget what a nightmare it was for them. And we were, during those terrible times, viewed as their rescuers.

Paula Rath




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Lynda Sakraida
October 12th, 2018 at 1:41 am

Paula, you always talk like you are such a novice painter. You’re not!

Roberta Cullen
October 12th, 2018 at 6:23 pm

I liked your two paintings a lot! You are talented and don’t ever forget it!

Grant Eyre
April 15th, 2019 at 3:02 am

hey what a great day we had…and the guy serenading us!!! Lots of nice memories…..?Grant from Oz..hey Jerry!!

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