‘Fistral Beachscape’ Milk Churn by Cornish artist Diane Griffiths
As part of the ‘Around Cornwall in 38 Churns’ project, churns were generously donated to Cornwall Hospice Care by Rodda’s Creamery, artists around Cornwall took up the challenge to design and paint a churn.
Over the summer of 2022 throughout various Cornish locations the churns were on display and a trail map produced to encourage bids to support Cornwall Hospice Care. In September all churns were displayed at Truro Cathedral for the final auction. I’m thrilled that my churn has ended up here at the Headland Hotel as the design was based on Fistral.
Painting a milk churn created a new challenge for me, the circular shape meant that I needed to consider a subject which would work from all angles. I saw an opportunity to incorporate my ‘Beachscape’ style where the churn takes you from the beach up into the sea; from the RNLI truck and surf school through to swimmers and sunbathers all enjoying the seaside.
It took around 35 hours to paint, using a combination of acrylic, oil and enamel, and my inspiration is to capture that holiday feeling within my art.