"I begin with an idea ... and then it becomes something else"
~ Picasso

Wednesday 18 April 2012

a day of colours

a very nice week with mixed weather
but Friday was especially warm here in St. Ives
and we enjoyed a day of colours
a day of stripey deckchairs and vermilion windbreaks

a day of spring flowers enjoyed on my walk down

I popped in The New Craftsman Gallery
to see Emma Jeffryes new collection of paintings

  this one was my fave
it's called "boatful of daffodils"

I also love the work of Shirley Foote
and was delighted to see some of her original work

Shirley loves this palette and most of her paintings and prints feature these soft but warm yellows, ochres, oranges, olives and browns

her paintings call to me ... they make me want to paint
and sing and dance all at the same time!

do you have a favourite artist that makes you feel that way?

I thoroughly enjoyed seeing so many friends at the opening party of “Mother and Son”
(exhibition of artwork by Sally MacCabe and her son Sam)

It was very busy at the party …
so I went back to the Crypt Gallery on the last day of the exhibition
to spend some more time looking at the paintings

it was lovely to have some time to chat to Sally and also leaf through her latest sketchbook ... such a wow! If you are in St. Ives locally or on holiday this year ... Sally's studio is just wonderful and magical and directly opposite the Malakoff with gorgeous views across the bay


Sally's studio is open most days and I would thoroughly recommend a visit if you are interested in textured paintings, textiles, sketchbooks, art dolls, jewellery, altered art boxes and tags etc.

if you are not likely to get to St. Ives for a while
then you can make a virtual visit instead as
Sally has a blog and a website ... all gorgeous!!

Sally MacCabe
also on Friday I met Colin Birchall
showing his work in St. Ives Arts Club

I do love his work!

his paintings are full of colour, shapes, interesting lines
and wonderful textures that are so very inspiring
especially of interest to textile artists

Colin was exhibiting in the Arts Club for just a week
but his work is permanently on display in his own gallery

 Colin Birchall
The Harbour Galleries, Wharf Road, St. Ives
(on the seafront)

the entrance to Harbour Galleries
is between Jus' Desserts (ice creams)
and Fat Willy's Surf Shack

Colin Birchall Gallery

these wonderful textures would look fab
stitched up in felt or on painted calico
with machine embroidery and hand stitching
and these lines and rust tones interest me enormously

if you like what you see here ... 
pop in and see Colin's work in his gallery this summer


it was very, very busy in St. Ives over the long weekend
we had many more visitors to the town than usual

 the weather was really lovely some days ... warm and sunny
and every now and then ... a surprise downpour
that seemed to come from nowhere

the rest of my weekend
was spent preparing for a visit from friends
having a much needed clear up in my work space, etc.
which always helps me refocus on projects

thank you for reading today x


vintagerockchick said...

Lovely inspirational work Carolyn, (and your photos of St Ives!) thanks for showing them, I especially like Sally's and will check out her blog.
Gill x

Carol Rigby said...

Thanks for the tips of where to visit in St.Ives. I am holidaying in Tintagel this summer and plan to take a trip to St.Ives. Your lovely photos make me long for the holidays. I am hoping you have a studio were you can visit and see your work or if you have an exhibition on over the summer. I would be grateful if you could let me know.

Anonymous said...

Must be marvelous to hang out with such talented folk, including yourself. What a wonderful spot in the world you live. Thanks for sharing. xox

Dotty said...

So much to feast the eyes on- the colours of those first photos are stunning

Lynda Howells said...

What a b eautiful blog this is today Carolyn. Love the views of gorgeous St.Ives and love the pictures from exhibitions. Loved Sally's dolls especially.xxthanks for sharing.x lyndax

Sharne Gregory said...

Thank you for sharing all those photos. How wondeful to be able to see so much inspirational work in all those exhibitions.

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

Sun, blue skies and the work of three very talented artists in this post - lovely. x

ersimarina said...

Such a wonderful post! You are indeed very fortunate to live in such a lovely place and near so many art venues and artists. No wonder your creations are so enticing!

JP said...

I don't think we'll manage to get to St ives altho we are coming to Cornwall next weekend - staying near Looe on Whitsand bay - are you going to FOQ this year?- lovely post

Lynn Holland said...

Thanks for tour round Carolyn.
Can't wait for the real thing.
Lynn xx

Barb Cady said...

Brilliant info Caolyn, thank you. I am coming sS Ives on the 10th May with one of my daughters, so that we can see all the art and take lots of photos! I can hardly wait, your blog brings it all to life. Xx

Shoshi said...

Gorgeous as always, Carolyn! I'm afraid I haven't visited much lately, and I see you've been absent for a while too. Hope all is well. I love your new blog background!

Your work is always so varied, and I love how you share the work of other artists who have inspired you, too. Because of this, I have just nominated you for the versatile blogger award. This is in recognition of how much I enjoy visiting your blog, and for all the inspiration you have given me.