Sunday, 2 October 2016

Altered Painting

A Touch of Aubergine

I painted this large 100x 120cm canvas on spec for a customer a couple of years ago.  She'd seen a painting in my studio that she loved, but she wondered if I could do something along similar lines, but larger and in these colours.  It features a lot of applied papers and Thai text.  Sadly it wasn't quite right for her, but I really liked it and have shown it in Back Road Artworks and St Ives Arts Club a couple of time.

But I eventually decided (as I quite often do with paintings that I've lived with for a little while) to repaint the canvas in a calmer, blue/grey colour way.    Here's the result.  I'm loving it all over again and have now titled the work 
"No Longer a Touch of Aubergine"!

Friday, 22 July 2016

Floral Grey

'Floral Grey'...
has just been sold, but is a nice image to share on this sunny Friday - the start of the summer holidays when St Ives will be invaded by happy holidaymakers!

Monday, 11 July 2016

Duck Egg Blue...

I was teaching a mixed media workshop down at Back Road Artworks on Friday, and my student brought in this gorgeous duck egg that she thought she might use (but didn't!).

It was so incredibly beautiful and set me off thinking that it would be a lovely project to sometime do a serious of work based on birds' eggs.  It sparks off so many ideas, I just need time to devote to it.  There's far too much going on at the moment to do this - not least of which having a new studio built in my garden - so it's going on the back burner for a while.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

My Exhibition at Morvah

Time to post a couple of photos from the opening of my solo exhibition 'Etcetera'
 at Morvah Schoolhouse.

Despite awful rain and low fog, it was a busy afternoon and it was such a relief to finally see all the new work hanging on the walls of this stunning gallery.  It is such a light and sunny space, with breathtaking views across the fields to the sea.  

It's such a joy spending my days over there stewarding - working in my sketchbooks, watching the cows and foxgloves and the changing skies across the sea.  
And the homemade soup and cakes in the cafe downstairs is a bonus too!

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

New Paintings for 'Etcetera'

As promised, here are a few images of new paintings ready to be shown at my solo exhibition opening at Morvah Schoolhouse... Only FOUR days to go!

... and I'm still frantically finishing things off to be in time.
Situation normal then!

Friday, 10 June 2016

'Etcetera' Solo Exhibition at Morvah Schoolhouse

Just over a week to go until the opening of my solo exhibition at Morvah Schoolhouse.  So I'm busy finishing off lots of new work and am looking forward to hanging it all in the beautiful gallery.

I'll try and remember to post some images of the new paintings here - but they are all on my website if you want to pop over and have a look.
And if you are able to come along and see the show for yourself and say hello - even better!

Thursday, 19 May 2016

May Update

Another long gap between posts I'm afraid.  I've developed an annoying problem with my laptop with it not loading photos from my albums.  But thinking sidewards I've managed to load this photo that was on my desktop.  It's a concertina book of St Ives using collaged papers, acrylics and pen.
Hopefully normal service will be resumed shortly, as they say!

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Newlyn ... a small painting

It's the last day of March... how did that happen?  
Times just seems to be flying by, and yet it's lovely to see more of the sun and to have longer days.  Bluebells are starting to appear and the flowers are slowly emerging.
So here's a recent mixed media painting to celebrate the proper arrival of spring.

6" x 6" 

Monday, 21 March 2016

St Ives Arts Club Members' Exhibition

Saturday saw the buzzing opening of the latest Members' Exhibition at St Ives Arts Club.  I've been involved with the Club for many years and was on the committee for much of that time and ran the Monday Art Group for some years.  It's the most extraordinary building right on the water's edge in St Ives - established in 1890 with a small and intimate theatre upstairs and exhibition room on the ground floor.  
Well worth a visit when you're next in St Ives and the current exhibition runs for the next two weeks.  I shall be down there stewarding this Wednesday afternoon!

Here are the paintings I submitted and which are hanging in the exhibition:

Old Pier
Mixed Media on board (framed) - £360

Another White Square
Mixed Media on deep frame canvas - £350

A Whiter Shade of Pale
Mixed Media on deep frame canvas - £350

Friday, 18 March 2016

An Image for Friday

I'm sitting down in my shared studio gallery looking out at the sunshine and, to be honest, wish I was out walking on the beach as it's so glorious in St Ives today after this long winter.
So second best option is to do some painting... everything set up on the worktable and I shall put my apron on and start shortly.  But before that I thought I'd share this photo that's on my phone.

I've been experimenting with an app on my iPhone that allows me to overlay two images and fiddle about with it.  I'm still learning all the possibilities, but it's fun playing and seeing what comes out of it.
These two images were of a pavement grating on the London underground, mixed with a photo of graffiti on the platform wall on the Piccadilly Line.

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Happy Saturday

Now I've got the hang of loading photos, I thought I'd start the weekend with an image of a painting I did recently...

This one measures about 14" x 10" (I'm not sure precisely), but is worked on mounting board and is layered with various textured papers and acrylic paints.   It has been framed with a wide, white border in a white painted wood frame.
The words are one of my favourite sayings... and I hope you like them too.
Happy Saturday!

Friday, 11 March 2016

Dark Blue Grid

I've decided to be brave and try to load another painting image.  This one has just been finished and is part of a pair of deep framed canvases that I now have hanging down at my Studio Gallery (Back Road Artworks) in St Ives.  I do hope I manage to load the photo this time....

We have a urreka (?) moment!
Now that I've got this sussed on my snazzy new MacBook Air laptop there will be no stopping me.  Stand by for more regular posts from now on....