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Wet & Windy

Yes, it's very windy and wet outside today, though quite bright too - and mild.  Inside there's colour and light, the colours of summer and the sea. 

Look on my beautiful heart, a gift from the so very talented Carolyn, and walk on the beach below an 'Alfred Wallis' cottage, among the shells and swirls of water and glitter, the sparkle of sun on sand and surf - and then visit Carolyn at Love Stitching Red she will be delighted to see you.

The painting below (haven't decided on a title yet) features Browthin a rock just off Clodgy Point to the West of St Ives and looking at it takes me back to that May evening, when a sea mist rolled in and out making everything grey for a while before receding to reveal soft, lovely, sunset hues.  I used acrylic and oil on primed board, rendered with brush and knife.

No title for this one either, which features my favourite subject, Porthmeor Beach, which never ceases to fascinate - it's impossible to capture the magic!  Again, rendered in acrylic and oil on primed board, using impasto and glazing techniques with layering of opaque and transparent colours.  SOLD

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  1. hi Lesley~! it's so good to see some more of your beautiful art~!

    and lucky you to have one of Carolyn's wonderful hearts . . . i know i treasure mine~!


  2. Oh, I love that one of Browthin Rock. Its absolutely beautiful with the plants in the foreground And the sea just sings!

    And a really beautiful and unusual heart!

  3. Lovely words Lesley, thank you! and didn't we have a lovely day! I love both of your paintings. You have perfectly captured the way the sea and sky sometimes meet with just a hint of horizon. Beautiful!

    Carolyn xx

  4. Your pictures certainly do capture the magic of sea and shore and the reflected light that I miss seeing in land-locked Bedforshire.

  5. Libby, Gilly, Carolyn and Jill - thank you!

    The dog and I were down on the beach just an hour or so ago and all was looking lovely, just a little way off high tide, there was plenty of surf to see, with dramatic clouds and blue sky and chilly North West wind. Very bracing. x

  6. I feel privelidged to have met 2 of the most talented ladies on the planet - beautiful work Leslie and so very "St Ives". xxxx

  7. What a beautiful gift from Carolyn....... I looked at it and thought how well she has captured what I regard as "your" colours for you. How thoughtful and special. Love your paintings, especially the bottom one. Like the other people who have commented, I envy your ability to capture the quality of light you have down on your coastline........

  8. Diane and Cathy, thank you for the lovely comments. Hope that you both have a good week - despite the forecast of more wet and windy weather! x

  9. Beautiful paintings. I love the sense of peace in both of them. The heart is cute too. :-)

  10. Hi Sybille, hope that all is well with you - thanks for visiting and commenting. x

  11. I love the name Clodgy Point. I can only imagine St Ives in the winter but I am sure you must be glad to reclaim the town from tourists like me.

    I still have not framed your print but an determined to do so before Christmas, I have the frame all ready. Take care x

  12. Hi Valerie - I'll visit your blog in a minute. Thanks for dropping by and have a lovely week. x

  13. hi lesley....i admire your art so much.... what a gift you have.....

    the paperwhites are in the daffodil family..narcisiss (spelled wrong)...they make a tiny cluster of white flowers but i grow them for their smell..aaahhhhh...pure Christmas...nothing else like it....

    happy to see you today and happy to visit....

    sending love,

  14. Hi Kary, thanks for solving the mystery and for visiting, of course. Best wishes, Lesley. x

  15. Lesley, you capture the magic beautifully!!! And thank you for 'visiting' me and taking time to comment, I'm having trouble getting much online time at the mo but I will catch up eventually!!!
    Oh, and the heart is adorable :) Anne x

  16. Thanks Anne - and again for 'Harvest Moon'. Hope that life gets less busy for you soon! x


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