Wednesday, 13 September 2017

A Wonderful Day...

When we were on holiday in Cornwall last month, we visited the Jackson Foundation Gallery in St Just.

I'm a huge fan of Kurt Jackson's work and so I was very excited about visiting this new gallery.

The space is stunning, the sculpture, painting, mixed media and sketchbooks were absolutely beautiful, the staff were really kind and helpful, and they welcomed dogs too, so Middie was very happy!

I was incredibly fortunate to be able to go to a workshop, organised by the Woodland Trust, where we would be able to sketch alongside Kurt Jackson himself!

(He also drove the bus! Please excuse the out-of-focus-extremely-giddy photo!)

We sat in the 'top field' and I just couldn't believe that I was actually there, meeting my art hero!

We all started to draw the Hawthorne tree that has been the focus for many of Kurt Jackson's paintings.

I was so happy that Mini Goth could come along too.

Here's one of the sketches, and some of the hastily scribbled notes that I took.

It was a day I will never forget, and I really look forward to visiting St Just again next year.


Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Summer Time Sketching...

One of my favourite times out of the whole of my holiday in Cornwall was actually a pretty wet and miserable afternoon.

When the weather lets you down it gives you the perfect excuse to go to a cafe, get out your sketchbook and people- watch.

And that's just what me and my lass did.

They do a mean chai latte at The Exchange Gallery in Penzance, (the art is rather impressive too!)

The weather was so bad I managed to drink two massive mug fulls!

Would you like to see some of the other sketches I scribbled during the summer?

After I have sketched something,whenever I look back in my sketchbook, it takes me straight back there.

Perhaps sketching and observing makes you switch off your brain, I suppose it's a visual form of mindfulness in a way.

It is one of the things that makes me completely happy and relaxed.

We also visited the beautiful museum and sculpture garden of Barbara Hepworth in St.Ives, we managed to find a lovely sunny corner in the summer house to sketch...

(My lass didn't know that I was sketching her!)




Monday, 28 August 2017

A Certain Kind Of Light...

When we were on holiday, Mini Goth and I visited a great exhibition at The Exchange, Penzance.

'A Certain Kind Of Light' 'explores how artists have responded to light, its presence, transience and effect.'

Peter Lanyon's 'Colour Construction. 1960' demonstrates how he would make these three dimensional pieces to kickstart and inform his landscape abstractions.

Lanyon is one of my heroes, so it was brilliant to see this 'behind the scenes' piece.

This piece by Ceal Floyer really struck a chord with me.

I'm not sure why, but it seemed quite melancholic...

This piece also led to a very interesting discussion about conceptual art which ended in a fit of giggles!


I loved the use of materials in Roger Ackling's work, and was amazed to learn that he painstakingly used a hand held lens to burn lines into the work with just the rays of the sun!

Now that's dedication!

Mark Titchner's ' Consciousness Is Artificial Daylight' was visually stunning, and as a textiles lover I really enjoyed looking at his use of materials.

I also really enjoyed looking at this work and talking about such matters as 'process and final outcome' with a teenager.

It was fun!


Anish Kapoor's 'Untitled.1995 ' was amazing, you really felt as though you were looking into a vortex!

(The strangest mother and daughter selfie I have ever taken!)

We both loved Peter Freeman's 'Spectra. 2013'... us shallow, but was it because it matched her boots?!?

It's a really successful, beautiful and thought-provoking exhibition, and well worth a visit if you're in the area.

A Certain Kind Of Light.

The Exchange. Penzance.

27 May- 23 September 2017.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

A Visit To The Leach Pottery...


When we were in Cornwall we visited one of my favourite places, the Leach Pottery.

Love this on the roof!

I am a huge fan of a Leach owl...

....and his hares of course!

The whole place is so calm and tranquil.

Why are pottery studios so gorgeous?

These are the actual tools used by Bernard Leach.

They are art works themselves aren't they!

You could have a go at painting some of the Japanese-inspired motifs, hubby was a a natural.

(And, as usual, I didn't do what I was supposed to!)

First aid box envy...


Not only was Leach's pottery beautiful, but his thoughts and words were just as inspirational:

'As clothes are to the human body so are glazes to pots. Both serve practical ends, both should enhance inherent beauty of form.'

Leach would sit at this fireplace and give individual critiques on each of the pots made.


The shop of temptation...

I'll leave you with another one of Leach's inspirational quotes that had been printed on the loo wall...