Thursday, February 26, 2015

'Porthmeor, High Tide' and other paintings on board

Here are some very recent works - the first five can be found, framed, at


'Last Light, Breaking Wave'
oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD




'Running Sea, Windy Beach'
oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD




'Straight Waves, Low Tide'
oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD



'Grey Clouds, Choppy Sea'
oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD



'Golden Seascape'
oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD



And the next painting soon will be framed and residing at Art Space.

'St Ives Bay, After the Shower'
oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD



'Porthmeor, High Tide'

Although it doesn't look it here, 'Porthmeor High Tide' is a larger painting (19 x 20.5 cm)
on primed hardboard, currently waiting to go to the framers...



Click pics to enlarge.  Copyright Lesley Ninnes.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

'Tips for Painterly Happiness' and one small painting...

This painting is now part of St Ives Society of Artists Members Spring Show.

'Bay View' SOLD
oil on primed board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm, white frame



Click to enlarge.  Copyright Lesley Ninnes
St Ives, Cornwall



The following is one of  twice-weekly letters penned and shared over many years by the late Canadian artist, writer and philosopher, Robert Genn. 

Funny, tongue-in-cheek, irreverent, apposite and downright useful advice for artists, I have been meaning to share this for so long....



'Two dozen tips for painterly happiness and success' by Robert Genn.

1.  Have your paint squeezed out before your mind is in gear

2.  Accept a lifetime of perpetual studenthood

3.  Learn to love the masters and to know who they truly are but don't fall in love with the media that presents them

4.  Appreciate the value of silence and private thought.  Value work above words

5.  Alternate your work zones with some form of physical activity

6.  Listen to the music that has been within you from your youth

7.  Constantly ask of yourself and your work 'what could be?'

8.  Strategize your time, your playtime and your worktime

9.  Build a strong ego and sense of entitlement.  Know thyself

10.  Learn to work under all conditions and privations

11.  Work from life, from your own reference, and from your imagination

12.  Accept the gift of a life in art and know it is a high and noble calling - both a miracle and a responsibility

13.  Learn to be your own best critic and counsel

14.  Purge your lesser work regularly

15. Don't enter too many group shows, contests or competitions

16.  Don't even think about applying for grants

17.  Do take occasional workshops from competent professionals

18.  Have a lifelong mission to enhance the lives of others

19.  If you decide to be commercial, find effective and motivated dealers and galleries in other cities, give them geographical protections, and replace their stock often.  Run the commerce side of your business like a mutual fund and don't become dependent on one stock.  Follow your nose, not your dealer's.
Be prolific.  If you want to be an apple vendor you've got to have apples in your apple cart.

20.  Know that no matter what happens, most of the joy is in the craft.

21.  Know that you're part of a great international brotherhood and sisterhood of artists who are living now and have gone before

22.  Be philosophic about art trends and fashions and the often perceived unfairness of the game.  Follow your own nose, it is a good guide for a lot of things in life, and above all know that quality will always be in style.

23.  Give generously of yourself, but don't burn up all your creativity by teaching.  There is a time to give and a time to sell.  Accept your gift.  Neither an ogre nor a patsy be.

24.  Go to your room.


Copyright Robert Genn


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

'Surf Meets Rocks' and other small paintings

Just four small original oil paintings on board to show today, owing to having been busy working on a couple of 50 x 50 cm canvases.

I hope that the first two will be exhibited at St Ives Society of Artists Spring Show (fingers crossed) which opens on St Valentine's Day.  The others will appear at Art Space Gallery, St Ives, very soon!


'Surf with a Touch of Sunshine' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD




'Coast and Weather' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm


'Low Sun and Waves' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD


'Surf Meets Rocks' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD


'Island Side Surf' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD



Click to enlarge.  Copyright Lesley Ninnes
St Ives, Cornwall

Thursday, January 22, 2015

'It's got to be Porthmeor' and other small paintings in oil.

Well on into January and here's my first paintings post of 2015, doesn't time fly!

This part of Cornwall was gloriously sunny today and looking beautiful, with barely a cloud in the sky.  I had to pop over to Penzance this afternoon; the hills and moors were sharply etched against the solid blue of the sky, Mounts Bay was gleaming and St Michael's Mount looking particularly imposing.  The whole journey was a continuous visual treat. 

Find the square paintings at Art Space Gallery when open again after refurbishment (no later than 29 January 2015).  The rectangular artworks are awaiting mounting and or framing.......


'Beach Elements'
oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD



'It's Got to be Porthmeor'
oil on board, 13.5 x 10 cm


'Rockpool and Distance'
mixed media on paper, 28 x 19 cm



'Porthmeor, Weather Wonder' 
oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD


'Porthmeor, Surf Impression'
oil on paper, 10 x 5 cm


'Cornish Winter Sun'
oil on paper, 12.5 x 9 cm


'Space Between Headlands'
oil on paper, 15 x 10 cm


'Hidden Rock and Surf' 
oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD


Click to enlarge.  Copyright Lesley Ninnes
St Ives, Cornwall

Monday, December 22, 2014

MERRY XMAS EVERYONE

Christmas is almost here.
A time to celebrate, a season of warmth, light, reunions, families and togetherness; of absent friends, the bitter/sweet memories of those loved but no longer with us; of 'goodwill to all men'.




I like to think of the words in this Jack Russell quote:

"Good things to do in life....Forgive, Love others, Praise, Be thankful, Give, Take opportunities, Show your feelings, Smile, Hug, Move more eat less, Pray, Write letters, Have you time, Travel, Touch nature, Help others in need."  Jack Russell



JOY~ LOVE ~ PEACE


KINDNESS ~ PATIENCE ~ GOODNESS


GENTLENESS ~ SELF-CONTROL ~ FAITHFULNESS 

Click to enlarge.  Copyright Lesley Ninnes
St Ives, Cornwall.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

'Surf to the Horizon' and other small paintings.

The latest offering - enjoy!  Paintings below are not yet framed and colour/contrast is approximate.  I struggled with 'Winter Seaside' for some reason, which is softer and warmer 'in the flesh'.....

The square 13.5 x 13.5 cm paintings are now framed and residing at Art Space Gallery, St Ives

'Surf to the Horizon'
oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD


'Quiet Beach Solace'
oil on paper, 17 x 15 cm.  SOLD


'Sea, Space, Movement'
oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD



'Dark Beach Scene
oil on board 13.5 x 10 cm.  SOLD


'Winter Seaside'
oil on board, 13.5 x 10 cm.  SOLD



'Roaring Sea, Low Tide'
oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD



'Winter Scene'
oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD



'Surf Mist'
oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD


Click to enlarge.  Copyright Lesley Ninnes
St Ives, Cornwall

Monday, December 1, 2014

'The Green Coaster' and other original oil paintings.

'The Green Coaster' oil on canvas
white wood frame, 58 x 58 cm.  SOLD


This fairly large painting is currently displayed at Art Space Gallery, St Ives


'White Cloud and Reflection' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD



The following three paintings will soon be available at Art Space Gallery, St Ives

'Rock Channel' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD



'Late Sun and Surf Gleam' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD



'Swells and Onshore Wind' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD


Currently on show at Art Space

'Luminous Sea' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD


and

'Late Colour Beside the Sea'
oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD



'Weather Excitement at the Beach' oil on paper, 14 x 14 cm.




Waiting to be framed.....

'Surf, Surge and Cloud' oil on board, 17.5 x 10 cm.



'Beach - Winter Glow' oil on paper, 21 x 14.5 cm.



'Rain Washed Coast' oil on paper, 21 x 14.5 cm.  SOLD



Lastly

'Rocks and Breaking Water' SOLD

Click images to enlarge.  Copyright Lesley Ninnes
St Ives, Cornwall.