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
And now –
back to work 🙂
Tintagel Old Post Office – Pen & Ink Drawing in Progress
Have made good progress this week with many art-related things, including the series of drawings of the Old Post Office at Tintagel, continued from here. It’s a lovely building, but very irregular, having evolved over the centuries. So it tends to look as if you’ve drawn it ‘wrong’ unless you straighten it up a bit!
Have a good weekend.
Tintagel Old Post Office
Bude Beach Winter Painting – Acrylic on paper 23x8ins 58x20cm
Working on this one today – almost finished. Continued from here. I’m pleased with the painting: it captures the mood of those moments of stillness before the sun sets. Just a couple of tiny things to tweak tomorrow morning. Strange how these things are sometimes not apparent until you look at the photo you’re posting. Ready to move on to the next one now, which will be – well, I think I’ll keep you guessing, and not spoil the surprise. But a bright one. I think you’ll like it.
Just to mention also a couple of new things. If you’re nearby, or visiting, there’s an ongoing Solo Exhibition of my Cornish paintings upstairs at the Wellington Hotel, Boscastle . And my lovely limited edition giclee prints are now available at the Picture Parlour, Boscastle . Or take a look at my online gallery at www.anitalangham.co.uk
Please share with anyone you think might be interested. Many thanks.
Thanks for visiting, and hope you’re having a good week.
Hi. Here’s a little drawing of snowdrops – an experiment in drawing with dilute bleach on Quink ink. I like the liveliness and directness of it, and it seems to match the bright whiteness of the snow today.
Spring inside: Winter outside
Hope you’re not snowed in or snowed under. Take care out there.
Harbour Chains (detail) – Mixed Media
Back again after a short break. I was helping a friend to move house, so too too tired to be creative. But I’m back now, the sun’s shining, and I’m ready for a week of art. Watch this space!
This detail is from a recent painting I’ve been working on. I was drawn to the shadows, and the textures, and the wonderful colours in the bleached ropes and rusty chains. I think shadows might be quite a theme for me this spring (as long as the sunshine lasts!)
Gull Rock from Tintagel Painting
I was out on the Tintagel cliffs today in North Cornwall, and with the fearsome winds and the mizzle, mist and rain, it looked exactly like this. Except that there seemed to be some excitement going on with this pair …
Shame I didn’t have time to draw them. Maybe next time.
Yellow Daffodils in Glass Jar Painting in Progress
Started this daffodil painting this week. I’ve been focussing on painting and drawing reflections in glass lately, so I’m pleased with the effects here. Hoping to finish it this week before the flowers die! That’s another reason to paint seasonal living things – their short life forces you to act quickly and get the painting finished. Well, that’s the theory!
I tend to paint spring flowers only in spring, because I usually do them from life. So they’ve become a series of sorts, albeit an annual one. Here are some others, and here
Thanks as always for stopping by, and have a good weekend.