One of my favourite things about Lundy Island is the adventure you have getting there. Getting to an island 12 miles out to sea on the choppy Bristol Channel when you’re travelling from London is quite a distance. We drove to North Devon and stayed overnight in a B’n’B then caught a boat from Bideford. Two hours sailing across the Atlantic brought us to Lundy, where we then had a full view of the boat crew anchoring in on arrival, then a steep uphill climb to get to the visitors centre! (note-to-self- don't bring a wheely suitcase next time!)
We went to the island in May so were lucky enough to have three days of sun which made the island easy to be on. The Island population is estimated at 28 and that's mostly made up of people who work on Lundy. It has a Marine Conservation Zone and is home to seabird colonies including Puffins and Manx Shearwaters (the latter species I had no idea of before this trip, but now know them as the birds that 'look' like puffins, but in fact aren't). We struggled to find puffins, despite the Island being named ‘Puffin Island’. We sat in one particular spot on a cliff edge waiting for a sighting of the darn things for many an hour, but they were having none of it. On the upside, this lead me to spending a lot of time in an incredibly beautiful spot, Jenny’s Cove.
The history of the Cove is one involving pirate ships, hiding places and gold at the bottom of the ocean. I know, brilliant!
I used oils on canvas to slowly build up the textures over time to try and recreate the rough edges of the cliffs and the waves crashing against them.
Sunsets on Lundy in May are incredible to watch, we had three perfect ones! They were explosions in the sky that suddenly left us in total darkness to find our way back to our house. The colours in Paintbox Sunset On Lundy (below) arn’t embellished, it really looked like that! Lundy Lighthouse is painted from the same side of the island, half an hour later moments before the sun is about to sink.
Leaving the Island was another adventure on the boat! In almost Cast Away style, we watched the island get smaller in the distance as the sun broke through the clouds and shone over it. And then, we got completely soaked in rain. Ah Britain, never a dull moment.