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

Photo:  www.londonphotoroutes.com

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:  www.cityam.com

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.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

'Wind-Lashed Shore' and other small oil on board paintings


At last, I'm getting some paintings online before taking to Art Space Gallery, St Ives and several are not yet framed.
Not complaining though, being busy has been great fun and a big boost to creativity....

Two slightly larger paintings are at the framers in readiness for submission to
St Ives Society of Artists Members Autumn Show.....

Some time has also been spent priming fragments of lovely Arches watercolour paper - found under the bed (wish I was joking) - along with some approx A4 sheets of w/c paper, part painted around 6 years or so ago, I think?  The assorted A4 sheets will definitely be re-worked, possibly with watercolour/gouache/acrylic - the paper is just too good to waste!


'Tidal Push'
oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm, framed.  SOLD


'Bright, Lively, Sea and Sky' 
oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm, framed.  SOLD


'Beach Colour Intense'
oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm, framed.  SOLD


Paintings below currently waiting to be framed

'Thundering Surf and Land'.
Now displayed at St Ives Society of Artists Mariners Gallery.  SOLD


'Sky Reflection from Above'.  SOLD


'Sea Assault Onshore'.  SOLD


'Wind-Lashed Shore'.  SOLD


'Relentless Surf, Piling Up'.  SOLD


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

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

'Sea Rain, Beauty' and other small paintings

One week into October - time is flying and summer has turned into autumn.  Evenings are drawing in and a bright, silver moon is already shining.

All of the paintings are framed and, apart from those that have sold, are displayed or soon will be, at 


'Coast Out West'
oil on primed board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD


'Soft Daylight at the Beach'
oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD


'Along the Coast' 
oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD


'Sea Rain, Beauty'
oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD


'Gwithian, Late Sun' 
oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD


'Seawater and Algae'
oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD


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

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Spot the Artist 2014 outcome

'Spot the Artist' annual fundraiser organised by the Rotary Club of St Ives

'More Weather Drama'
oil on primed card, 21 x 15 cm/8 x 6 inches
Lesley Ninnes 



Rotarian Michael Clough writes:

"I am pleased to report that this year's 'Spot the Artist' exhibition and sale, which  took place last weekend, was a great success. Allowing for a generous contribution towards expenses from Tanner Trust,  the event raised  almost £8,500, an increase of  25% on last year's  result. This will be distributed during the current Rotary year on a 50/50 basis between local arts charities and organisations and Rotary charities and good causes.
As you were one of more than 220 artists who generously gave examples of their work to the event, I would like to thank you very much for your contribution. We were also well supported by members of the public who had started forming a queue outside the School of Painting by 8.30 am on Saturday morning, prior to the start of the sale on the following day at 9.00 am!.
Congratulations are in order as your entry was  sold to the seventh person in the queue who would have been waiting  outside the studio for a very long time to buy it (there was a limit of only three paintings for each buyer). Sixty paintings  were sold during the first rather manic 15 minutes of the doors being opened."

Monday, September 22, 2014

'Blue Sky, Ground Sea' and other small paintings in oil.

The painting below is currently displayed at Art Space Gallery, St Ives
and will be joined by 'Open to the Elements' soon.

'Blue Sky, Ground Sea' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD


'Open to the Elements' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD


Most of the rectangular boards are at the framer's to be float mounted.

'Headland, Flood Tide' oil on board, 13.5 x 10 cm.


'Rocky Shore' oil on board, 10 x 13.5 cm.


'Surf Line' oil on board, 18 x 4.5 cm.  SOLD


'Surf at Dusk' oil on board, 13.5 x 5.5 cm.


'Wide Beach' oil on board, 15 x 5 cm.


'North Coast' oil on board, 13.5 x 5 cm.


'Beach Space' oil on board, 13.5 x 4.5 cm.


'Gleaming Beach'.  SOLD


'Wintry White, Porthmeor'.  SOLD 


'Bracing Beach Day'.  SOLD


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