Monday, May 18, 2015

'West of Here' and other original paintings...

Very windy in St Ives today, with sunshine, showers and spectacular surf at Porthmeor Beach, daunting to all but the most experienced surfers.

Here are some views of the surf from the safety of shore....


Rectangular paintings will eventually be float mounted for display in the browsers at St Ives Society of Artists Mariners' Gallery.

The four square paintings are already framed and can be found at Art Space Gallery, St Ives.



'Surf, Space and Distance' oil on board, 13.5 x 10 cm.



'Rock, Shade, Seclusion' oil on board 13.5 x 10 cm.



'Coast Vitality', oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm. SOLD



'West of Here' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD



'Silver Sky, Water's Edge' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm. SOLD



'Change is on the Way' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.


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

Monday, May 11, 2015

Bath Society of Artists Open Opens on Saturday!



Bath Society's Open exhibition never disappoints.  A 'must visit' for anyone who finds themselves in the beautiful city of Bath between 16 May - 27 June, 2015.

Over 300 works on display, with many prizes to be awarded.  This year's guest artist is renowned painter/printmaker Marcelle Hanselaar.


Click here to see more......  Information about last year's Open prizewinners' here

Monday, May 4, 2015

Bath society of Artists Open Exhibition 2015

Click the link to go to the Bath Society of Artists website to read more and download the entry form.


First published on this blog in January 2015, never been exhibited before
It's Got to be Porthmeor' and 'Rockpool and Distance' 
have finally been framed in readiness for submission to Bath Society of Artists 2015 Open Exhibition.  Please wish me luck!



'It's Got to be Porthmeor' oil on board, white wood frame.




'Rockpool and Distance' mixed media on w/colour paper,
mounted, glazed white wood frame.



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

Monday, April 27, 2015

'Stormy Godrevy' and other oil paintings on board....

Fantastic scenes in this part of the world today, we've had it all - vast Cumulonimbus, edges feathered by rain; deep blue skies; clear molten gold and the pink of sunset defined by dark land and clouds.


So many little paintings to include in this post, because - well, numerous reasons not to dwell on, but here they are at last.

Those that have not sold are framed and available at Art Space Gallery, St Ives



'A Nice Beach Day' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm. SOLD 



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



'Wind and Surf Mizzle' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm. SOLD


'Squall and Blue Sea' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm. SOLD


'Surf and Sand Lines' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm. SOLD



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


'Peachy Sky and Wave Ripples' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm. SOLD


'Weather Energy at the Cove' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm. SOLD



'As the Tide Comes In' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm. SOLD



'A Way to the Beach' 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD



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



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


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


'After Rough Weather' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm. SOLD


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


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


'Stormy Godrevy' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm. SOLD


'Porthmeor, Low Tide and Stormy' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm. SOLD


'Racing Sea and Clouds' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm. SOLD


Click to enlarge.  Copyright Lesley Ninnes
St Ives, Cornwall

Saturday, April 25, 2015

St Ives Society of Artists Spring Open 2015

Today is the day!

 Stisa presents its annual Spring Open 2015 - an exciting show featuring works by many so many different and talented artists selected by guest curator Ylenia Haase of the New Craftsman Gallery, St Ives

Come along, you won't be disappointed, open from 10.30 - 6.00 pm, Saturday 25 April.  See hours of opening (below) thereafter.  Admission free.

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...  SOLD



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