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Two new paintings

'Homage to Robert Culwick - Sea Wall'

'Homage to Robert Culwick - Wetlands'


  1. Wow! That "Sea Wall" one. . . . am sat here wondering how it was done.... beautiful in its simplicity. x

  2. Thanks Cathy - started with some acrylic underpainting and then further layers using transparent oil paints (Winsor & Newton fast-drying Griffin alkyds) with some impasto at the top and opaque colours at the bottom!

    'Homage' to the late Robert Culwick, who exhibited at Penwith Society of Arts, St Ives, because I've long admired his subtle, richly coloured work and his use of close tones to produce strong contrast.

  3. Beautiful work, gorgeous toning colours, nice to hear how you painted "Sea Wall" - have a great week Lesley x

  4. These are lovely Lesley, I like their subtlety especially the "Homage to Robert Culwick". I will have to look at some of his paintings, do you know where I can see some?
    You were spot on with the Tormentil. I'd only had a quick flick through my book and structurally it didn't look anything like the picture but I have to start remembering that a lot of coastal flowers grow closer to the ground ! Thanks for that anyway.

  5. Thanks Richard. The only place that I've seen Robert Culwick's work is at the Penwith Gallery, Back Road West, St Ives. He was a member of Penwith Society of Arts for many years and would have at least one painting in each members show as a rule. He's one of 20 artists in St ives mentioned in the book of that name by Marion Whybrow, which might be available from St Ives library. BFN.

  6. Lovely paintings, I especially like Wetlands.

  7. ooo gorgeous...I love the streak of vivid blues against the dark...stunning x:)

  8. Light, contrast, the way colours are affected by adjacent hues - I've been painting for years but am as fascinated now as then. Thanks Lily and Mimi for your lovely comments.

  9. your work is beautiful. I love your black and white canvases. Glad you are coming to the fair, can I be cheeky and ask if you could put our poster in your side bar,every bit of PR helps! Portscatho is on the Roseland Peninsular. If you go through Truro and head out on the St Austell road A390 and then turn off onto the road to St Mawes (sorry cant remember the number). About half way to St Mawes there is a turning left to Portscatho, we hope to have a sign there so it should be easy for you to find the hall. From St Ives its about 50 minutes. Do come say hello wont you. Jane xx

  10. These are just great!! Found your blog today and love your work.

  11. Thanks Ophelia, am having a quick read before heading off to work (shouldn't really, there are 101 things to do).

    Did you know your profile is unavailable? I clicked 'Opheia said...' to view and comment on your blog and couldn't get any further. Best wishes.

  12. I love the black and white work too Lesley. My favourite though is Wetlands. Thanks for sharing your methods. I've been looking for inspiration based on the sea and find your work very inspiring. Thanks!

  13. Thanks for your lovely comments Mags - we're lucky to live beside the sea, don't you think? I never like to be too far away from it for too long. Bye for now.

  14. Oh MY! am I ever glad you wandered over my way! I love going on vacation with people throught the camera lens. Those photos transported me. ANd I am loving your layered paintings.
    I, too, shall return!

  15. Hi Lady P - we bloggers get to join each others adventures, whether we're in the same town, the next county or half way around the world, which probably explains why blogging is so fascinating! Thanks for your lovely comments. Lesley


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