Anita’s Arty Facts

I’m just launching Anita’s Arty Facts where you can hear about new work, forthcoming shows, and special offers.  It’ll be sent by email every two months & you’ll be able to unsubscribe at any time. Sign up by clicking the link here.

It’ll be good to have you along.

And because it’s raining today, here’s one of my favourite paintings …

Cornish Cottage Boscastle Mixed Media Painting

‘Cornish Cottage’

Mixed Media Painting

Sketching at Lanterdan Quarry

Lanterdan Quarry Cornwall Coast Drawing

Sketching at Lanterdan Quarry near Trebarwith Strand

Was out here sketching a couple of days ago. I really love drawing the Cornwall rock formations, and this pillar is especially interesting because it’s been so hacked about – the angles are so irregular and very challenging to capture. This pillar is the reject stone, apparently – it wasn’t worth quarrying, so the men worked around it. What a stunning reject! Read more at Lanterdan Quarry

This is a preparatory drawing for the first painting in a new series. Been wanting to paint this little stretch of coast for a while – now is the time! Watch this space.

Foxgloves on the Cliffs Painting

Foxgloves on the Cliffs (Work In Progress) Flower Painting

Foxgloves on the Cliffs Painting (Detail of work in progress)

The inspiration for this painting was an early evening last autumn , as the sun began to go down. That wonderful light you get on the coast. I really wanted to make those lovely deep pinky purple colours of the Foxgloves sing out against the rich deep blue-green of the sea. But I was finding it difficult to achieve the vibrancy I wanted with the acrylic paints. And then – I reached for the soft pastels – and the colours began to zing and pop. It’s finally getting to look like the image I have in my head. Which is always a good thing.

Hope you have a zingy kind of weekend.

Cockerel Painting

Cockerel farmyard animal bird painting

Cockerel Painting

Acrylic on paper 8×12 ins / 21×30 cm

Cockadoodle-do!! Still busy working on the landscape paintings, so thought I would give you a little cockerel painting today. Wanted to splash out with some colour on those beautiful lustrous feathers.  A little reminder to those of us living in Britain that the clocks go forward tonight. Longer evenings to come. Yes!

Old Post Office, Tintagel Drawing

Old Post Office Tintagel Pen & Ink Drawing

The Old Post Office, Tintagel (detail)
Pen & Ink Drawing 11×7.5ins / 28x19cm

Just started a series of drawings of The Old Post Office, Tintagel. Quaint old building with delightful nooks and crannies, and not a straight line to be seen. Hope I’ve captured some of that here. Lovely to be using pen and ink again – so long since I’ve done any drawing. I’m using a dip pen here. It gives a lovely characterful line, and is a link with the past – think Van Gogh used one.

Hope you’re having a great weekend, and thanks for visiting.

Lizard Boathouse painting

Lizard Boathouse Painting

Lizard Boathouse Painting in progress (detail)

Working on the second painting of Lizard Point this week. This is a close-up of the rocks and sea. Really love the textures, and that flash of blue is so vivid. Will try to preserve some of the texture and the colours in the finished painting. I was so inspired by my time spent drawing on the Lizard last year, and will definitely go back there this summer. So much to see and draw there. Go and visit if you’re down in Cornwall, and be sure not to forget your binoculars. The fabulous volunteers who monitor the seal colonies there will show you where the seals are – you can’t often see them with the naked eye.

Lizard Quay Painting

Lizard Quay Cornwall Boats Acrylic Painting

Lizard Quay

Acrylic & Mixed Media on Board  12 x 11 ins / 30 x 28 cm 

Unframed £ 275

Just finished this Cornwall painting of Lizard Point Quay. Love the way the rich textures of the stonework and the vibrant blue-green colours of the boats and sea turned out. It’ll be available shortly – please message me soonest via the Contact Form  if you’d like to reserve it.