There are other stories I’ve written about images found at Poltesco on the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall. One was about the sand (Sand is just sand-coloured, right?) and one about the pebbles (Poltesco pebbles, imaginitive title that one!) but this … Read More
Saltdragon is the label of artist Claire Ogden. Based in Cornwall, Claire creates small number limited edition artworks.
Inspired by Cornwall’s natural beauty and traditional industries, there is a growing portfolio of images of its rocks, waters, beaches, boats and harbours…but with a twist. It’s small details of their reflections, textures, colours, light, patterns that are captured to create fabulous original pieces of abstract art.
Most of the images are available exclusively as artworks in limited editions of 5 or less. Some others have been commissioned as the basis of abstract designs for bespoke furniture, splashbacks, glass tiles and fabrics.
Claire continues to build a reputation for unique and exciting work that has sold in prestigious galleries including the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol, the Falmouth Art Gallery and the Penwith Gallery in St Ives in Cornwall.
If you’d like to know more about Claire’s work please get in touch, it would be great to hear from you.
Stories - behind the scenes
There’s often lots of maintenance work going on at Newlyn harbour; painting, repairs, rubbing down, greasing, cleaning. You name it, everything is on the to do list: ropes, nets, hulls, decks, engines, pulleys, winches, buoys, fenders, etc, etc. As I … Read More
Sometimes as you approach Newlyn for a photographic trip the weather deteriorates and whilst I don’t mind walking about in the rain it’s often no good for taking photographs. That’s especially true if you’re wanting to capture the bright colours … Read More
Last year we discovered Poltesco, an area on the east coast of the Lizard peninsula in Cornwall managed by the National Trust. It has a rich variety of flora and fauna but I usually go there to photograph the water … Read More
The tiny stream falls through the water garden at Trebah Garden near Falmouth in Cornwall over a series of small steps. Each is only about 30cm wide and mostly drop less far but in a sequence they’re very pretty and … Read More
The extraordinary ‘dinosaur eggs’ of granite piled up on Porth Nanven beach in the far west of Cornwall are always a bit of a surprise, even when you’ve seen them before and know they are there. How can so many … Read More
There’s always a lot of colour in a Cornish harbour, even in winter. When you photograph the reflections in the water you get random associations of boat hulls, pots and buoys, ropes, lettering and sky. All sorts of colour combinations … Read More
Well, no. Sand varies from beach to beach. And it’s not just the colour, but the texture and size of the grains as well. Sometimes it’s a question of whether there’s any sand at all, especially on the north coast … Read More
This is not a calm image, there is a lot going on. The swirling reflections of bright colours dance around the square frame…the only orderly thing there is! In reality, the scene in Newlyn harbour was very tranquil and quiet. … Read More