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Tag: St Ives

Day 297 and pretender

Something completely made up today. That is, drawn from memory and v.loosely in the style of Alfred Wallis. Not sure if I like this type….I still prefer drawing from life, anything else and I feel like I’m pretending.


It’s St Ives, in case you couldn’t tell.

Day 244 and quiet spaces

I was going to post a drawing from my trip to Penzance today, but I spent more time taking photos than drawing. I did, however, do lots of drawing in Barbara Hepworth’s sculpture garden. Normally, I find this place an oasis from the hustle and bustle of St Ives’ touristy streets, but today it was invaded by a gaggle of middle-aged women acting like teenagers. They were very noisy, and it’s hard to concentrate with them looking over your shoulder. Still, I managed this one amongst others.


Day 243 and last chance

Not long before reality strikes again, so this may be one of my last chances to draw the view of the town, and attempt some architecture. I was going to visit the Tate tonight, but my feet were sore after standing at an easel all day and I did not feel like hanging around. I might pop in again on Sunday morning. But for now some cottages and foliage…


Day 242 and chimneys

I did a few pages before class today, just sitting in the minute Norway Square and sketching the rooflines. This was one particularly quaint fisherman’s cottage-turned-holiday rental with a rather tall chimney, by far the largest on the square, with obligatory palm tree.


Course is going frustratingly slow, I am not very good at “letting go” so my tutor has an uphill battle with me. But more on that on the other blog.

Day 241 and invitations

A late post from me as having just arrived back from a dinner invitation. Before y’all get excited, not that sort of dinner invitation (or maybe it is, I don’t know how your mind works).

On the previous course, I had become quite friendly with one of my fellow attendees, and being a local she invited me to her home for dinner and to meet her husband.Very gracious and generous, we had a lovely meal and talked to quite late into the night about all sorts of things. Unfortunately, I eventually had to make a push as I was to walk across town to the hotel, get up for class in the morning, and they had commitments for tomorrow as well.

So with meeting my new friend straight after class and enjoying a full evening, I only have the sketches from class today to show. No extra drawing today, sorry!


Day 240 and sunshine resumes

We were all very happy in class today, we had our sunshine back so we could spend the morning drawing outdoors. It was still blowing a gale, mind, and not the warmest (said the girl with a singlet, short and long sleeve t-shirts, fleece and windbreaker on). I took some ink from college, plus all my other usual toys and sat with my fellow classmates, gossiping and sketching. In the afternoon we were back in the studios creating our “final” piece of which mine consisted of using every available medium found in the studio on one page. It’s nothing to write home about. But here are a few pages from this morning, one in sepia pastel pencil and one in “purple” ink.


Day 239 and the big wet

First day of my 2-day “Illustrating St Ives” course and it bucketed down. Typical! No outdoor sketching, so we avoided the torrent and drew the fishing nets and baskets left over from the previous day’s course. We have a nice group of people, and were quite happy to depict the items on display. Not sure how I am meant to make this into a piece that illustrates my perception of the picturesque town though….


Day 238 and on a roll

More pages today, what is it about Cornwall that makes me prolific? The sun? The sea? The fresh, salty air? Probably the knowledge that I don’t have to go to work tomorrow so I am much more relaxed and happy…and creative.

Today I did a gallery “tour”, starting off with the summer hanging at the St Ives and then meandering into as many small galleries as I can find. As there is an open studio week, there were quite a few artists around to chat with, and occasionally see working. People are appear much more friendlier here, or at least they tend to start talking to me. I don’t know why I inspire such confidences, I must have “that kind of face”. I even had a salty old dog strike up a conversation whilst I was at the end of the pier taking photos. Out of the blue, recording the watery blue.

Here is today’s selection, including highlights of Tate St Ives, soporific holiday makers and views from the hotel bar.


Day 232 and re-working

A quick sketch based on an etching based on a photograph. Sometimes it can just be a rehash, sometimes it can produce something rather interesting. Today I think it is somewhere in between the two.


The original is of St Ives harbour (tide out), where I will soon to be enjoy a whole week of arting goodness. Can’t wait.

Day 169 and comfy sofas

I finished another sketchbook today, yay! And as I did absolutely no drawing whatsoever in tonight’s penultimate Wham!Print!Pop! workshop at the Tate Modern, I am including a pic of the comfy sofa from Leon earlier this evening.


On another note, I have booked myself two courses at the St Ives School of Painting (…just a bit of fun for a week away from work. I can’t wait!

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