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

'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

'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

Click to enlarge.  Copyright Lesley Ninnes
St Ives, Cornwall

Monday, December 22, 2014


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




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

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.

This fairly large painting is currently displayed in the Crypt Gallery

Definitely not to be missed, a terrific range of work by over 150 artists can be seen until 3 January 2015, 10.30-5.30 Monday-Saturday.

The very much smaller painting below can be found upstairs in the Mariner's Gallery.

'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.


'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.


'Rocks and Breaking Water' SOLD

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

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

London visit, ING Discerning Eye 2014

The intention was to write this post whilst everything was fresh in my mind and here it is, almost 2 weeks after the annual ING Discerning Eye Exhibition 2014 opened at the Mall Galleries in London....

Exiting Charing Cross station, on the morning of Thursday 13 November, I was thrilled to be amidst the imposing surroundings of Trafalgar Square and Whitehall, walking towards The Mall and awesome Admiralty Arch - see the pics below and also photo credits and links.  Didn't take a camera and don't yet have a smart phone - I know, life in the slow lane, huh.

Admiralty Arch

I reached the Mall Galleries before my friend (fellow artist Claire Coskie) arrived, so decided to have a little wander

The Mall Galleries

and was rewarded with a vista of yet more beautiful architecture and dramatic skyscape at Horse Guards Parade, time to stroll in the sun and also to encounter the low key pomp and ceremony - with shouting - of  a sentry change.  Bonus!

Horse Guards Parade

The view from St James Park


The ING Discerning Eye Exhibition is a show of small works (max 20" x 20") independently selected by six prominent art world figures:  two artists, two collectors and two critics.  Work is selected from open submission and also from artists invited by the individual selectors.  Each section is hung separately and has its own distinctive identity.  The impression emerges of six small exhibitions within the whole.  The selectors are solely responsible for their own selection and are required to draw at least 25% of their section from the open submission.

And what a location.
The Mall Galleries occupy a bright, contemporary space, peopled by friendly, welcoming staff - just the venue to display a show as diverse and unique as the Discerning Eye.

I'm a big fan of mixed exhibitions and never cease to be amazed by the breadth of techniques portrayed, subject choices, media and supports used by artists and the resultant outcomes.  Interestingly, although the content was of course very varied, each selector's display bore his or her 'mark' in some way.  This show did not disappoint, standards were high and I coveted a good many of the artworks.  Click the link above to view an a-z of artists works, prize winners and more.

'Identity Series - Eye'
by Okafor Kelvin

Photo and article:

Click the links below to read what the selectors had to say.

Emma Stibbon RA

Nicola Green

Chris Ingram

Dr Giles Brown

Simon Martin

Helen Sumpter

To see opening night pics (courtesy of invited artist Sadie Tierney's blog) click here.

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!  Click links for more info.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Discerning Eye 2014

Happy times, one of my paintings has been selected for Discerning Eye 2014

The ING Discerning Eye Exhibition will be open to the public from Thursday 13 until Sunday 23 November at The Mall Galleries, London SW1.  Admission is free and all the works will be for sale.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

'All Happening at Porthmeor' and other October paintings

Not so many to show in this post, as a good part of October was spent working holiday cover and then there was HOUSEWORK - impossible to ignore any longer!!!

I managed to cut and prime boards on Sunday and today was spent painting : )

'All Happening at Porthmeor' 
mixed media on Arches Aquarelle paper, framed.

'Low Tide Surf'
oil on primed board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.
Currently exhibited at St Ives Society of Artists Members Autumn Show.

'Evening Pearly Glow' SOLD

'Evening Sea Shadow' SOLD

'Waves and Low Tide' SOLD

'Rocky Shelter On Shore' SOLD

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