Saturday, January 30, 2016

Rain, Rain and Rainbows...

The rain goes on, fortunately punctuated with sunlight to give us some joy - in the form of rainbows.  Inspirational and not easy to portray, I have made a start, undeterred by the job in hand.  Practice makes perfect, right?

All unframed as yet.

'Choppy Sea and Rainbow' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.

'Surf and Rainbow' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.

'Rainbow on the Horizon' oil on board, 14 x 10 cm.

'Storm, Glimpse of a Rainbow' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.

And two larger works (without rainbows).

'Men Scryfa after Stubble Burning'
oil on hardboard, 19.5 x 20.5 cm.

This is part of an old painting cut down for repainting.  The new composition works so much better than the original ever did and has been enlivened by the addisiton of some light impasto.

'Sun on the Sand'
oil on hardboard, 19.5 x 20.5 cm.

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

Thursday, January 21, 2016

First and Last

First paintings completed in 2016 and last paintings of 2015, here they are!
Some are in place at Art Space Gallery, St Ives which required a paint job of its own and has now reopened, looking very 'spic and span'.


2016  'Light from the West' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD

'Gleaming Surf, Passing Clouds' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm

Godrevy from Porthminster' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD

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

'Porthmeor, Blue Sky, Surf' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.

'Sea World' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.

'Porthmeor, Distance and Blue Sky' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.

'Fast, Incoming Sea' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm

'Clean Surf and Rain' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.

Currently at the framer's

'Sea Space and Hail Shower' oil on board, 10 x 18 cm.

'Porthmeor, Pounding Surf' 10 x 27 cm.

2015  'North Coast Sea View' oil on hardboard, 21 x 19 cm.

'Sea, Wild, Elemental' oil on hardboard, 21 x 19 cm.

'Late Afternoon Light, Porthmeor' oil on hardboard, 19 x 21 cm.

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

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Unframed originals and prints today...

I'm so looking forward to resuming painting and spent a pleasant few hours photographing, labelling and wrapping the artwork pictured below, today.

Two mounted oil paintings on board delivered to St Ives Society of Artists Mariners Gallery and assorted prints delivered to Art Space Gallery, St Ives

'Long Surf Beach'
oil on primed board, mounted.

'Breaker Spray' 
oil on primed board, mounted.

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

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Christmas cards - ran out of time!

My homemade Christmas cards this year should have featured a handsome little bird who regularly appears on the wonderful Facebook page of the 'Friends of Portheras Cove'  (read more below)

Lovely watercolours mixed

"People from the villages of Pendeen and Morvah have cherished this part of the wild Cornish coast for many generations. The Friends of Portheras Cove are regular users of the beach and sea in the cove, who wish to keep it safe and clean for locals,visitors, and wildlife.
Those who know Portheras cove not only appreciate its almost unspoilt beauty, but also respect its dangers. There are strong rip tides, and at times a fierce under-tow here, not to mention sharp metal fragments of the shipwrecked ship The Alacrity, which ran aground here in 1963. Please take care if visiting, check tide times, and be aware of heavy swells and strong currents.
The cove is inaccessible to vehicles, and can only be reached by those folk who are willing to amble along the coastal path from Pendeen watch, (or down through Rose Valley) and then navigate the rocky path which runs alongside Rose stream until it reaches the sands.
Families, ramblers, dog walkers, swimmers and surfers all value the wildness and remoteness of Portheras, and ask those who visit to please take away their litter and rubbish with them. The beach is not a Council owned one, in fact it belongs to several local farming families and the Duchy of Cornwall, and the only way it gets cleaned is by local people who regularly check for dangerous objects (broken glass, barbeque grills, and metal fragments)."

I spent a happy hour or so one evening last week trying to capture the essence of Portheras Robin - savouring the distinctive smell of diluted paint gliding onto and sinking into various creamy watercolour paper samples from St Cuthbert's Mill - whilst also having to accept that he's going to take some work and time.  The sort of time I don't have right um hopefully he'll make an appearance next Xmas!

Robin photograph credit:  Friends of Portheras Cove

Plan B, Snowflakes

Paper snowflakes that is.....Fascinating to make, anyone can do it with a pair of scissors and sheet of white paper and there are masses of tutorials, videos and downloads all over the Internet.  I like to suspend them near the Christmas tree, using cotton thread.

Snowflake Xmas cards

The snowflakes are easily attached to card using a small rectangle of double-side tape.  Glitter is sprinkled generously on the exposed part of tape not adhering to the snowflake.  I used gold but silver might look even better.

Another idea would be to use some snowflakes as stencils to create a subtle background shadow effect.

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

Thursday, November 26, 2015

'Porthmeor, Low Light' and other square paintings on board

Currently framed and on display (apart from those marked sold) at Art Space Gallery, St Ives
We've got a bit of a sale on this weekend! Why not pop in?

'Porthmeor, Low Light' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD

'Porthmeor, Sun and Cloud' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD

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

'Porthmeor, Light Breakthrough' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD

'Fine Weather Haze' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD

'Slow Shower Over the Beach' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD

'Almost a Rock Pool' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD

'Heavy Shower and Wave' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD

'Fresh, Surf, No Wind' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD

'Porthmeor Corner' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD

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

Thursday, November 19, 2015

ING Discerning Eye exhibition 2015

ING Discerning Eye exhibition, Mall Galleries, 12 - 22 November, 2015
organised by Parker Harris, sponsored by ING Commercial Banking

2015 Selectors:  Artists:  Emma BridgewaterNicole Farhi, Collectors:  Larry Lamb, Stephen Snoddy Critics:  Stephen Doherty, Steve Pill

The Mall Galleries provide an excellent venue for a show like Discerning Eye, which encompasses six displays presented by its selectors and the dynamic Discerning Eye Drawing Bursary shortlisted works.  I visited the exhibition on the first morning of opening and discovered that two of my paintings had been chosen by Nicole Farhi and one by Larry Lamb!  

The standard and range of work on show is awesome and I spent a happy couple of hours just looking and admiring the artistic diversity, fantasizing over what I would buy if money and space were no object.  Given that wall hung artworks must not exceed 20 x 20 inches/50 x 50 cm, the restriction doesn’t confer boring uniformity of size and the collections incorporate a pleasing mix of the largest and smallest allowed.  I was pleased to see a painting by another artist with St Ives connections, Claire Coskie, included in Emma Bridgewater's selection.

Here's an excerpt from Nicole Farhi's selection day experience:

“My choices were instinctive and very fast.  I found myself raising my hand or jumping from my chair to get nearer to a painting.  We chose the work blind, not knowing if the artist was a man or a woman.  When I discerned an obviously talented or distinctive style, a work with authenticity, then I would choose at least 2 paintings from the 4 or 5 paintings shown by that artist and very often the rest of the paintings would be selected as well by someone else from the panel.”

The Artists’ PV on the evening of opening day was very busy, with a buzz of excitement and anticipation as the time of speeches and prize giving approached. DE Chief Executive Tony Humphries was first to speak and spent time remembering the major contribution to DE over the years made by art critic, Brian Sewell, who died in September, 2015.  DE Chairman John Penrose, was next to speak and award the prizes – cue surprise and delight from the deserving recipients, none of whom had been told beforehand, including Truro artist Mark Surridge, who received the South West regional award.  I missed Nicole Farhi in the crowd unfortunately but was able to thank Larry Lamb, who was charming and agreed to being photographed with those of us who asked with patient good humour.

If you are in London the Mall Galleries are well worth a visit - I wish I had taken more photos - as this post only gives a taste of what the show is about.  Discerning Eye has a few more days to run yet, last day is Sunday 22nd November.

Click images to enlarge, click links (in blue) to find out more.
Lesley Ninnes, St Ives, Cornwall.