Three Things I Love About St Ives

Colours of St Ives photo sea_sky_sand

St Ives Beach

  1. The colours – blue-filled sky, pearly aqua sea, shining soft sand. So alluring.
  2. The railway (and that it has a railway – and a station!).
  3. The galleries and artwork (much of it in the town, free to view). I always see wonderful things and always return inspired.

St Ives Society of Artists Gallery in Church

St Ives Society of Artists Exhibition


Moody Cornwall


Moody Tintagel

A couple of photos for you, of Cornwall in all its beautiful moodiness. So lucky to live here. Alas, no painting this week – I’m setting up a new business and it’s taking up all my time at present. But these photos do inspire me to get out the paints and the canvasses, so who knows…

Happy Thanksgiving (belated), to all my American friends, and a good weekend to all.

Storm Boscastle Cornwall Photo





St Ives

St Ives photo boats harbour spring quay

Last week was my birthday week, so I took a short holiday to St Ives.  It’s a place that’s growing on me, and I really enjoyed my stay – lots of good food, good art, walking round the beaches and generally chilling. The art there is so good – I found it very inspiring and came back with lots of ideas to try.

One highlight was the Tate St Ives Virginia Woolf exhibition.  For me, it was worth going for the Laura Knight paintings alone: they are stunning. The paintings by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham were also fab – this one in particular. Alas, no photography was allowed, so I’ ve given the links, in case you want to take a look.  It was wonderful to see all the paintings up close: you just don’t get any real idea of their scale or impact from books. And the room full of self portraits by women artists was just amazing: I discovered some artists there whose work I wasn’t even aware of. The exhibition’s touring the UK. Highly recommended.

The other galleries in St Ives also have lots of wonderful work – I particularly liked these little pots by Geoffrey Swindell in the Porthminster Gallery.

Lidded Vessel by Geoffrey Swindell

Lidded Vessel by Geoffrey Swindell

And now –

back to work 🙂

A Walk in the Sun


The weather has been wonderful, and it’s been so lovely to be out walking in the sun again. Here are some photos from my walk, including one with the sheep living on the edge – literally!

Not quite warm enough for me to sketch outside. but it’s coming. Can feel spring in the air. The daffodils are emerging, & soon the little lambs will too. Can’t wait!

The Coast Path – wonderful shadows. Only noticed them when I uploaded the photo.

Greetings of the Season

It’s been thick fog here today, all day. Very Christmassy and Narnia-like. So I thought of sending you this little winter picture that I stitched on paper.

I’m taking a little time out with family and friends this week, and so won’t be blogging for a few days. So I’ll take this opportunity to wish you all that you wish for yourselves at this season – time with loved ones, or maybe just time, that most precious of things.

Wherever you are, whatever you’ll be doing, I wish you Peace and Joy (and Churros & Chocolatl, obviously!).