Friday, April 18, 2014

Original small paintings on board March and April

Most of the square paintings below are already framed and on display at Art Space Gallery, St Ives and a couple have sold.  The oblong pieces are waiting to be float mounted and will probably find their way to the browser at St Ives Society of Artists Mariners Gallery.

'Plenty of Space at Winter Beach' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm

'Dark and Light at High Tide' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm

'Deceptive Calm and Dark Sky' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm

'Cornish Cove' oil on board, 12 x 7 cm

'A Cove Near You' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD

'Pearl Grey Sea' oil on primed paper, 10 x 15 cm

'Touch of Sun on the Surf' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD

'Grey Sky, Bright Day' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm

'West Side Rocks' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD

'Bay and Rocky Cove' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm

Click pics to enlarge.  Copyright Lesley Ninnes.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Porthmeor Rocks!

Well, I think Porthmeor (Beach, St Ives) rocks, of course I do, it's an ongoing fascinating source of inspiration!  

'Porthmeor Rocks'
oil on deep edge canvas, framed 70 x 100 cm

Currently displayed at Art Space Gallery, St Ives

Click pics to enlarge

The two paintings below are all ready for submission to St Ives Society of Artists 'Spring Open' Exhibition next week which, this year will be curated by Michael Gaca of Belgrave Gallery St Ives.

 'West Side, Ominous Sky'
oil on canvas, framed 34 x 25 cm

'Porthmeor, Rough and Smooth'
oil on canvas, framed 46 x 34 cm

Click to enlarge.  Copyright Lesley Ninnes.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Bath Society of Artists 109th Exhibition

I'm delighted that my painting 'The Cappuccino Cup' has been included in Bath Society's 109th Annual exhibition, which opened on Friday 4 April, 2014, at Victoria Art Gallery.

Click the images below to read more..

The map below shows the Victoria Gallery's position, in the heart of beautiful Bath, click to enlarge.

'The Cappuccino Cup' oil on deep edge canvas
 copyright Lesley Ninnes 

Bath Society will be joining us in St Ives this summer, when members exhibit their work at St Ives Society of Artists Mariners Gallery, from 15 July-1 August, 2014, so put a note in those diaries now, because this is one not to be missed!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Two artworks I love....

A silent fundraising auction organised by Kate Walters on behalf of the Cornish branch of the organisation Freedom from Torture held at the Millennium Gallery, St Ives, in November/December 2013, was supported by many talented artists who donated works on paper - across a wide range of subject matter and techniques.  More info here

I happened to walk by in the first week of December and was struck by Sarah Gillespie's dramatic 'Crow' displayed in the gallery window, just had to go in to see what else was on show and impulsively bid for both the Crow and Sam Bassett's 'Untitled' (even though Christmas was looming and I really shouldn't have).  I was delighted to learn a few days later that both bids were successful - and here they are.  Click to enlarge, copyright belongs to each artist.

'Crow' by Sarah Gillespie, artist proof on paper
Love this and also the positioning of the image on the page

'Untitled' by Sam Bassett, mixed media on card
Like that this is painted on an opened out bit of packaging - recylcling at its best....

Sunday, February 9, 2014

New original paintings in oil

The first two paintings are as yet unframed, but will be soon, along the same lines as 'The Cappuccino Cup' (scroll down to view).
'February Storm Sea' has unsurprisingly been inspired by the spectacular weather experienced in this part of the world recently.  Worked on a reclaimed canvas - an abstract I rather liked - the painting is a mix of memories that (hopefully) convey some of the feeling created when witnessing raw nature.  

'Riverford Pears 2014' oil on canvas, 30 x 21 cm

'February Storm Sea' oil on deep edge canvas, 26 x 20 cm.

This painting will be raffled in December 2014 at St Ives Society of Artists.  Tickets (£1 each) are on sale now for this and other artworks contributed by members, with the first raffle taking place in July, 2014.

Here's one of the works I plan to submit to this year's Bath Society Open Exhibition 
which runs from 5th April - 31st May 2014.

'The Cappuccino Cup' oil on deep edge canvas, 30 x 15 cm
framed size 45 x 30 cm

Pictured below with 'Storm Sea 2014' 13.5 x 13.5 cm
glazed frame size 32 x 32 cm which I also plan to submit


Click to enlarge.  Copyright Lesley Ninnes.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Porthmeor Triptych

There's quite an interesting story attached to 'Porthmeor Triptych' below:
I'd bought the distressed frame back in the summer and cut and primed paper and board in readiness, but didn't get around to starting the painting until the last week of November, right after the Christmas Card printmaking workshop!  Two big 'toothpaste squeezes' of green and blue ink remained unused at the end of the day, which I scraped onto some cartridge paper and took home rather than waste - and then transferred to what has become the top painting.  I think the intensity of the inks has given an authentic 'sea feel' to the artwork and scraping away the glutinous solidifying medium, a pleasing abstract quality. 

'Porthmeor Triptych'
printers ink/oil on paper/board, framed size 23 x 66 cm
soon to be exhibited at Art Space Gallery, St Ives
Click to enlarge.  Copyright Lesley Ninnes.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas Everyone

'Wren's Spires' by David Higham

For this year's Xmas picture I have used a Christmas card sold in aid of Freedom from Torture 
Click to enlarge.  Copyright David Higham/Freedom from Torture.

I think we all tend to look back over the year during this time of reunions and gatherings of family and friends, reliving the good parts, having borne the bad!  So many special people didn't make Christmas 2013 and those of us that  remain must celebrate and be thankful because we are the lucky ones.