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Porthmeor Triptych

There's quite an interesting story attached to 'Porthmeor Triptych' below: I'd bought the distressed frame back in the summer and cut and primed paper and board in readiness, but didn't get around to starting the painting until the last week of November, right after the Christmas Card printmaking workshop!  Two big 'toothpaste squeezes' of green and blue ink remained unused at the end of the day, which I scraped onto some cartridge paper and took home rather than waste - and then transferred to what has become the top painting.  I think the intensity of the inks has given an authentic 'sea feel' to the artwork and scraping away the glutinous solidifying medium, a pleasing abstract quality. 


'Porthmeor Triptych' SOLD printers ink/oil on paper/board, framed size 23 x 66 cm soon to be exhibited at Art Space Gallery, St Ives Click to enlarge.  Copyright Lesley Ninnes.

Merry Christmas Everyone

'Wren's Spires' by David Higham
For this year's Xmas picture I have used a Christmas card sold in aid of Freedom from Torture  Click to enlarge.  Copyright David Higham/Freedom from Torture.

I think we all tend to look back over the year during this time of reunions and gatherings of family and friends, reliving the good parts, having borne the bad!  So many special people didn't make Christmas 2013 and those of us that  remain must celebrate and be thankful because we are the lucky ones. MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE! x 


December New Original Paintings

Square paintings are framed and on sale at Art Space Gallery if not marked 'sold'.
'Surf and Some Blue Sky' has yet to be taken to the framers to be float mounted.  The remaining float mounted boards, which I forgot to measure (again) are to be found in the browsers at St Ives Society of Artists Mariners Gallery

'Rocks Revealed' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD

'Headland Shelter' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD

'Surf Force' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD

'Surf and Some Blue Sky' oil on board, 15 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD

'Turbulence and Foam' oil on board, 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  SOLD

'Light on the Sea, Porthmeor' oil on board, 'tiny' float mounted.  SOLD


'Misty Creek, oil on board, 'tiny' float mounted.  SOLD

'Mid Tide Surf' oil on board, float mounted.  SOLD

'Dark Bay' oil on paper, float mounted.  SOLD

'Off Shore Rock' oil on board, float mounted.  SOLD

'Wind and Waves' …

Christmas Cards 2013

Assorted Christmas cards below, the outcome of a day spent at a printmaking workshop towards the end of November, at Newlyn School of Art led by Jesse Leroy Smith and Alex Higlett.  
Of the Holly print cards, one features the actual printing board I made.  It has a gold sheen and pale ghost holly image and is shown on it's side - the only way the reflective effect could be captured in the photo. (below)

The Merry Xmas card (below) on the left was printed and then worked on afterwards, using watercolour and acrylic holographic medium.  The card on the right was made at home, using mixed media and 'printing' the cut out cardboard 'holly leaves'.

People who follow this blog will probably recognise the Chough images, which were drawn from photos taken further up the North coast last year.  I reworked and even combined two prints (below right) using watercolour and acrylic paint.  All good fun!

Click to enlarge.  Copyright Lesley Ninnes.

Recent events and new original paintings

Some of you may remember a painting I completed back in March 2013 for the October raffle fundraiser at St Ives Society of Artists?  Well here's a pic which appeared in a recent edition of our independent, local weekly newspaper The St Ives Times & Echo of yours truly making the official 'live raffle draw' for 'Porthmeor Reflection', which was won by a lady from Chester.
Proceeds from the monthly raffle are in aid of the roof fund and much needed restoration of the Mariners Gallery.  Tickets are available now for the Christmas raffle prize painting by Paul Wadsworth

Copyright St Ives Times & Echo
When I visited Bath in July 2013 for the preview of the Bath Society of  Artists Open Exhibition author/critic/ artist Peter Davies was close to completing his book 'Bath Society of Artists A History' which has been published by St Ives Printing & Publishing Co.





The book charts the 109 year history of the Society and is richly illustrated, with many …