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Original paintings for May, St Ives Bay

A busy but enjoyable time has been spent producing the nine small paintings below.

There's an interesting story behind this first which is rendered on what was the back of a green painted board - see the part it plays in the painting which appears on this post!   The board was liberally coated with PVA glue but proved too weighty for the canvas, so I had the bright idea of peeling the painted layer off the backing.

The paper covering of the backing board was wet with glue and a residue of green paint could be seen around the edges.  I moved the wet paper around a bit and pushed on some paint, which was absorbed by the porous surface, giving a soft, chalky appearance.  Soon the paper shape was saying 'cliff/headland'.................and the creation of what was to become 'Gwithian Impression 2012' had begun.

'Gwithian Impression 2012' mixed media on board, 17.5 x 17 cm.  SOLD

'Gwithian, Rough Weather' oil on board, 12.5 x 12.5 cm.  SOLD

'Tiny Seascape' oil on board, 11.5 x 6.5 cm. SOLD

'Cove and Pink Sky' oil on board, 20.5 x 16 cm

These next paintings are postcard size (6 x 4 inches) and have been produced for a forthcoming exhibition entitled 'Wish You Were Here' which will take place at St Ives Society of Artists Norway Gallery, from 5 July-3 September, 2012.

'Wish You Were Here, on the Atlantic Coast'. Oil on board.  SOLD

'Wish You Were Here, it's Dramatic'. Oil on board.  SOLD

Wish You Were Here, it's a Beautiful Evening'. Oil on board. SOLD

'Wish You Were Here, it's Exciting'. Oil on board.  SOLD

'Wish You Were Here, on The Island'. Oil on board.

Click to enlarge.  Copyright Lesley Ninnes.


  1. You capture ST Ives so perfectly Lesley, these paintings couldn't be anywhere else - so beautiful. xxxx

    1. Diane, thanks so much - will visit soon as there's a lot of catching up to do. Raining here at the moment, though conditions are set to improve later. x

  2. Beautiful paintings Lesley, makes me want to visit St Ives again :)

    1. Hi Jan - and thanks - it's rather chilly here at the moment, but we saw quite a lot of sun yesterday. x


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