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Oh I have had so much fun with this painting, though am unsure as to the title, something along the lines of 'Floral -Planters' or 'Floral - Patio', what do you think? It's not framed yet, is rendered on canvas board and started out as a figure study!

The figure wasn't coming together at all, so I rashly slathered black paint onto anaglypta and printed onto the surface and then glued a piece of the wallpaper on for good measure, as in the collages featured earlier in this blog.

Next came the green paint applied with a knife, which made me think of leaves, the leaves of Montbretia, so I mixed a lovely orange and tried creating flowers, again using a knife. Later I picked some Montbretia flowers and painted them (the two on the right hand side of the painting). Then, my daughter gave me some beautiful magenta coloured Gladioli and so they were incorporated too, it was such a pleasure to watch them open out from deep, red buds.

'Summer Bay' or 'St Ives Harbour & Godrevy'

This painting took forever!! and is rendered on primed plywood - formerly part of an old wardrobe - in oils. I started off with a thin, diluted layer, there was no drawing involved, so it looked a mess for quite some time, adding subsequent thicker layers and creating definition, with transparent glazing as well.
It is the commission mentioned quite some time ago, although the title is not really decided yet - 'Summer Bay' appeals but maybe 'St Ives Harbour & Godrevy' is more appropriate, because that's what the scene portrays.


  1. i love the st ives & godrevy painting,lovely soft tones. it must hold special memories for someone if its a commission?
    simply lovely!

  2. Wow these are really lovely. My favourite is the flowers, beautiful

  3. And thanks for your lovely comments on my blog

  4. Absolutely wonderful work. I think that the word "harbour" needs to be used in the second piece, because that is what it depicts.... Its a beautiful, beautiful painting. x

  5. I love them both - they speak for themselves really, so follow your instincts for the names!

    Pomona x

  6. hi Lesley~!~

    both paintings are so pretty~love the cool aqua colors~!~ i think my favorite is the floral study . . . with that POP of red in there~very nice~!!~


  7. Your paintings are beautiful Lesley. How lovely that we were playing with montbretias at the same time. Hope you are well. I haven't been down much except to the Post Office area and back again ... too busy down there!

  8. Beautiful! I especially like the flower one. lovely use of colour and texture.

  9. oh that is a wonderful, light filled still life. And even though I know it would be cold, I'd like to run right into that water
    I know its a bit hum drum, but my title suggestion is; Tall Flowers

  10. Ooohhh they are both beautiful!!! I love seeing what you inspires me to get off my backside and keep at my painting :-)

    I agree with Pomona, go with your gut instinct!!

    C x

  11. They're both lovely, but the Summer Bay is particulalry gorgeous. You can almsot smell the sea.

  12. I like them both a lot but the St. Ives bay one is gorgeous. Those two colours are so beautiful in combination. That is the summer we should have had..haha.

  13. Dear All, thank you so much for the lovely comments and good advice - which has been much appreciated! Bye for now. Lesley x

  14. Your paintings leave me breathless. Oooh to have a gift such as the gift God has bestowed upon you. What a blessed girl you are. It must give you such a rush to see a beautiful landscape and to be able to render it with such emotion and depth from a few tubes of
    paints and a brush. Absolutely beautiful Lesley.

  15. Cathie, thank you so much for those lovely, touching words. In common with many others I often experience self doubt, but luckily the compulsion to paint outweighs everything! Lesley x


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