Thursday, May 07, 2015

In The Frame

I love this bit, going to the framers to collect framed and ready to hang paintings. It is the final bit, the presentation, the signing off.  
Next time I see them they will be hanging on the gallery wall, looking all grown up!  In that respect they are a bit like your children, this is the moment when you see them in their first suit, or across a room and you suddenly realize that your little kid is grown and about to be flown.  That is kids but equally, the feeling is the same at this point with paintings, you see them as others might see them, and they look ok!  
They are off up to London with Beside The Wave who are opening a branch in Primrose Hill, 41 Chalcot Road, its very exciting!  Opens on Wednesday 13th May, if you are London based, pop in and say hello.

Monday, May 04, 2015

All the World's a Stage...

  1. "Through to the Dining Room"Oil on Linen 120 cm x 80 cm or 47.24 x 31.50 inches
A complex mixture of patterns, colours, textures and temperatures made this interesting for me. With such defined foreground, middle and background it reminded me of a stage set, which is often how I think of paintings.  As with a stage set my paintings are telling a tale.  This is a story of objects, found, gathered and collected, displayed with care and love and although it is not my living space it is one that I recognise, a family home.  This is the stage where the passion play is enacted and re-enacted and these are the props that are used to help tell the tale. As Mr Shakespear said:
  1. "All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages. At first, the infant, Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms..."

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Time to Experiment

I used to work with the figure a lot, in fact painting from life was my passion long before plein air, Gardens, Landscape or Interiors took hold.  As I now have time to experiment I am working on a series of "selfies." Self Portraits, its a way of taking yourself seriously, at least that's how it feels. A kind of honest examination of not only what you look like but a trawl through your emotional response to your world...its illuminating!
I wont post up anything until it is finished but here are a few details of some beginnings.

I love the drawing part of oil painting, actually I love all of it but the beginnings of a painting are always exciting.

There are rather a lot of exciting projects on the horizon which, when I can tell, I will.

Until this space!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Kitchen Chair

Oil on linen, 80 cm x 60 cm (or 31.50 inches x 23.62 inches)
Just taken this painting, along with a few others to the framers, I always love the moment when I see them framed, its the final finishing flourish.
This painting is my kitchen chair, its my chair, where I always sit, in my kitchen.  It is surrounded by love!  Photographs of my family throughout their lives, are speckled all over the walls, so that I can see them every day.  My favorite mug and bowl (Mary Rose Young) are on the table along with a little metal jug that is simple but very pleasing. There is usually a large jar of flowers, tulips here but often just a wild bunch.  Plus an open cookery book, I don't do much cooking but I love good food and am lucky enough to have my own live in chef, so I like to request delights for the table! So it has become a kind of self portrait, with out the self!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Sunshine over Treath

Another big painting 120 cm x 150 cm, oil on canvas.  "Sunshine over Treath"
Treath is a little tiny collection of houses with a small grassy quay on the Helford.  This is the early afternoon of a hot day, the sort of day when the heat shimmers in the air and the water is glassy, sparkling and limpid. When you look into the sun and then can see everything etched on your closed eyelids like a strange negative. This is the view that I have spent many hours painting in all weathers, looking down the river which flows out to the sea.
This painting and the previous large one are now at the framers, being beautified before they make their way up to London with Beside The Wave to their new space in Primrose Hill.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Getting Organised

So here we go, picking up where I left off with a great big dollop of renewed enthusiasm and a big bank of knowledge. One of the first things that I am doing is installing ArtLook, having taken it on at the gallery as the best data base system that I have ever used I am very excited to now be able to use ArtLook for Artists.  I know already that it will be an invaluable tool for keeping track of what I am doing This is ArtLook  I am so impressed with it and am really enjoying cataloging my work.  It is an exciting time of big new developments.  I am not the only one moving forward, Beside The Wave are about to open in London in glorious Primrose Hill...very soon.

Lots of doors are opening, this one isn't finished yet, its on the easel, but I like an illustration!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Back to my Roots

Early Morning Sky, Bar Beach, Helford.
120 cm x 150 cm oil on canvas
After a very happy and successful time working as manager at Beside The Wave Gallery in Falmouth, I have decided that it is now time to get back to my roots.  I am packing my posh clothes away, finding my walking boots and painting jeans ( and painting genes) slinging my easel on my back and stomping off into the distance, with a spring in my step and a glint in my eye. Spring is in the air, Cornwall is looking beautiful and this brand new painting is going to be making its way up to Primrose Hill in the very near future. More about that exciting prospect very soon.
So, basically...I am back, doing what I love best!

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Memories of Provence and a new Exhibition

60 x 40 cm oil on board
A Provencal Morning

 New paintings just gone on show at Beside The Wave in an exhibition called "The Art of Romance" just in time for valentines day.  For me it is the romance of memory and the delight of beautiful places and things.  Two are from a trip to Provence last November. Obviously the rumpled bed is a romantic image but the whole of Provence is romance for me.  I went with Big Dave and we stayed at the most beautiful Hotel Crillion Le Brave  and had a very lovely time.  The above painting was our room with gorgeous French windows, a balcony and a glorious view!  I had been there before with Katherine from Making a Mark when we all went painting in Provence but we only ate and sketched, we didn't stay.
Autumn in Provence
 There are also paintings of a beautiful house, close to where I live.  The owners very kindly let me look round and plunder it for rich visual treats.  It is like a time capsule, quiet and calm, smelling of furniture polish and leather, it so reminded me of my grandmothers house that I had to do some paintings...
The Diary Shelves

The Stillness of Time
China and Earthenware
I shall pop the rest up over the next few days.  I am sharing the exhibition with another of Beside The Waves artists Anne-Marie Butlin who paints beautiful still life and flowers. You can see everything on the brand new web site Beside The Wave of which I am enormously proud as I have had quite a bit to do with the building of it.  Go and have a look and let me know what you think.
All the Letters I wrote

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Christmas Work at The Gallery

Little Metal Jug
 A bunch of little oil paintings that will be for sale at the gallery from Thursday.  I am looking forward to seeing them framed.  All I have to do now is hang the exhibition and make a million mince pies.
Old Colander and Wooden Rice Paddle

Petit-Four Moulds

Plates on and Old Table

Sake Cups

Tea and Roses
Gold Lustre

Sunday, October 13, 2013

London Paintings

Some new paintings heading to London very soon





Just a few of them, two have sold already, which is a good start, I am extremely happy about the framing!


Monday, July 08, 2013

Cornish Light.

These are the paintings that I have in the mixed exhibition which runs all summer long at the gallery. 

Another Door Opens
610mm x 420mm, oil on board

Blue Sky Thinking
400mm x 300mm, oil on board

Cornish Garden Shed
420mm x 610mm, oil on board

In the Garden
680mm x 570mm, oil on board

Late Afternoon in a Cornish Kitchen
300mm x 400mm, oil on board

Roses by the Back Door
800mm x 610mm, oil on board

Roses in the Raspberries
230mm x 280mm, oil on board

Wind Chimes in the Secret Garden
610mm x 415mm, oil on board

Washing Drying in Cornish Sunlight
520mm x 440mm, oil on board
An exhibition of historic and contemporary works, exploring artists’ fascination with Cornwall’s ‘quality of light’. Held in conjunction with Falmouth Art Gallery the exhibition spans 120 years with works exhibited at both venues.
Curated by Ingrid Heseltine, Director of Beside The Wave Gallery and Louise Connell, Director of Falmouth Art Gallery, works have been selected to represent the significance of ‘Cornish Light’.
Paintings by Henry Scott Tuke, JT Richardson, Ray Atkins, Danny Markey, Frank Jameson, Martina Thomas, Sir John Arnesby Brown, Anne Killigrew, Thomas Cooper Gotch and Ralph Todd have been chosen from the Falmouth Art Gallery permanent collection.
Contemporary paintings from Beside The Wave include works by Paul Lewin, Miles Oxenford, Andrew Tozer, Chris Rigby, Miles Heseltine, Richard Stanley, Amanda Hoskin, Andrew Giddens, Richard Thorn, Sarah Wimperis, Richard Stanley and Benjamin Warner.
So you see, fine company indeed!

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Secret Art For Water

This is a request to any of my artist friends, whose blogs I follow or who read this one.  Would you consider painting, drawing, collaging, doodling a small artwork 13cm x 18cm in aid of a fantastic on and see if you can help...

 Secret Art for Water is an exhibition and sale of original postcard-sized artworks in support of the Falmouth Rotary’s WASH project in Uganda. Hosted by Beside The Wave and supported by RTP Surveyors, the exhibition’s challenge is to raise £3,000 in support of this vital work. In achieving this target, the proceeds of the sale will unlock the final tranche of funding for a £124,000 project designed to bring clean water and sanitation to two Ugandan communities. This will result in improvements to health, education and economic development in two Ugandan communities.
A Secret!?
The exhibition at Beside The Wave will include work by acclaimed and amateur artists, up and coming artists (graduates, undergraduates and school children from Cornwall and Uganda), as well as the odd celebrity.
Each postcard-sized work of art will be sold for just £35.00 and, with many of the works valued at ten times this amount, art lovers have the chance to bag a real bargain! Proceeds from the exhibition go in their entirety to the Falmouth Rotary WASH project.  The Rotary club is multiplying any donation by 3.5 so a postcard brought for £35.00 will in effect add £122.50 towards the project.
Beside The Wave gallery will display the eclectic collection of postcards in a week-long exhibition. Works of art will also be available to view on line. Works can be purchased on a first-come-first-served basis on the night of the ‘Reveal’, in person and by telephone, and remaining work will be available for purchase via the web thereafter. Collectors will discover the artists’ identities only after purchase on the night and each work of art is signed and dated on the back.
Prospective purchasers must contact Beside The Wave for a Collector Number prior to evening sale that will enable us to gather the information necessary to claim the Gift Aid on any money raised. The evening will be sponsored by RTP Surveyors in association with Beside The Wave. Drinks and canapés will be served to guests between 6.00 and 8.00pm.
If you think you could donate a small painting this is what you need to do... 
Art work must measure 13 x 18cm.
You can paint, draw, collage, anything you fancy, as long as the end result is this size.
Please remember to sign the back of your work.
Plus print your name, the medium you have used and a title.
You can collect card and labels from the gallery if you wish.
Send your work to the gallery,  by MAY 31st...10 Arwenack Street, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 3JA or deliver by hand.  We are open 10am until 5pm six days a week and 11.30am until 4pm on Sundays.

Monday, April 15, 2013


February Afternoon in Chelsea
60 x 80 cm
oil on board
 Sometimes paintings paint themselves, sometimes they struggle to be born and gasp for air before stuttering into life, often with commissions the latter is the case because you are trying to please a client, trying to uncover their vision.  With this commission however it was the former, right from the start.  A lovely trip to London, risky because I only had one day and it was in February and I very much wanted the light.  I had worked out that the afternoon would be the beat time for the room.  The day dawned misty and grey, not hopeful but I could work with imagination perhaps.  I didn't need to as just as I sat down to begin working in my sketchbook the sun beamed into the room filling it with a warm and beautiful light.
A month later, finished and framed it was delivered to the clients new home, a lovely reminder of their old family home in London.  They were very happy and so was I.

Monday, April 01, 2013

A Long Time Ago

Nily expecting Sarai

This morning I was looking for something and found an old folder of sketches.  Nearly 30 years ago I was living in Israel, painting all the time, here are two, very old sketches.  I think they are rather good!
Israel, Night and Backgammon.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Great Gallery

Yellow Hall
600mm x 400mm oil on board
A few more from the exhibition, its all hung now and the evening viewing went very well, lots of red dots which is brilliant.  It makes such a difference seeing everything displayed beautifully, I think sometimes artists don't realise what a good gallery can do for you.  Anyway, I appreciate it and I know that they earn every penny of their commission!

The Uncertain Sunlight
610mm x 550mm, oil on board
A Tangled Thread
200mm x 150mm, oil on board
610mm x 400mm, oil on board
Some of the studies for the paintings are mounted and for sale as well:
Study for Doorways II
190mm x 130mm, graphite on paper

Study for Doorways
190mm x 130mm,graphite and watercolour on paper