Wednesday, 26 August 2009

A little spare time ...













Yesterday was very hot and sunny. I went for a walk through the woodlands and down the coast path to St. Ives. On the way I stopped to rummage in the hedgerows and picked up a few special pinky red leaves and dried seed heads for my sketchbook project. I also bought some amazing gourds and a Turk's Turban in the greengrocers ... yes I feel Autumn coming ... it won't be long now ... and I welcome it














I had a little time to spare so I visited The Millennium Gallery to see the figures of sculptor Tim Shaw. His work is not to everyone's taste but I find his fine art sculptures fascinating!

I also visited The Porthminster Gallery. I walk past this Gallery quite often and have been meaning to pop in and have a longer look. I especially love the work of Anne Davies. I love her techniques, the colours she uses and I've always been interested in the St. Ives cottage theme






























On the way home I called in to see Sally MacCabe. Sally is one of my most favourite artists and I hope, in my lifetime, to own one of her really big paintings! Sally is always an amazing inspiration for me and I was lucky enough to attend her sketchbook workshop last year!



















Overnight we had quite a rain storm, the tail end of Huricane Bill passing by St. Ives. This morning it was very very dark with torrential rain


Now ... it's still raining ... heavy ... on and off ... dark and cosy ... a very good day for staying home in the cottage, I think!

37 comments:

Hens Teeth said...

Very interesting choice of art work C.
We have been in the 'gloom' all day in Staffordshire too!

Chris Gray Textile Art said...

We always visit the Millennium Gallery when in St Ives....I love the work they have there.

Visiting again next week - Tuesday to Friday...so will take it all in again...plus the Penhaven....

My dream is to own a Roy Ray - the textures and colours really do it for me.....

...maybe this time......

Life is good! said...

i enjoy the artwork. and i would so love to live within walking distance of the sea. sounds magical, but oh well i'll just have to settle with a walk along the riverbank.
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Julie said...

How lucky, to have done one of Sally's sketchbook classes! I am very envious :)

I would love to own a Kurt Jackson painting, maybe one day......

We escaped the wrath of 'Bill', just a bit blowy and some showers.

Cathy said...

Enjoyed the links Carolyn, especially Anne Davies. I remember my holiday in St. Ives a few years ago. I think I must have visited every gallery within three miles of the town. Had a great inspirational time though. I love gourds too. I took some fantastic shots at a greengrocers in St. Ives. May be the same one..!

We have had the tail end of your tail end I think. The afternoon has been very grey and drizzly.

Dot said...

Hi Carolyn
Thanks for sharing so many lovely photo's of art. Love those red leaves too (gorgeous).
Hope that weather lifts soon!
Dot x

Pom Pom said...

I adore red leaves. I put them in books every year and stumble upon them later . . . and smile.
St. Ives cottages = poetic! Gorgeous! I can just smell the rain!

oyu said...

....lovely...!

Fenland Textile Studio said...

Wonderful colours of leaves, I laminated some last year and they still have their colour. I used to love visiting all the galleries in St Ives. I have two special pieces bought on our 1st and 2nd wedding anniversery (lots of years ago now).

Jacky said...

Beautiful leaves...they look like the gum leaves her in Australia!

Gorgeous art.

Rainy days...nice to sit and stitch.

Judy Scott said...

we had the rain yesterday ~ really miserable but today sunshine :) what inspiration you are surrounded by ~ lovely examples of art work, sending a hug xxx Judy xxx

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Carolyn, I loved visiting St. Ives. I especially loved seeing your beautiful coastline and the Lizard plants growing on the cliffs. Lovely. The art galleries and shops are very unique places. Love seeing them too. I have linked your site to my mine soo I can visit you often. Hugs Judy

missy k said...

Carolyn

Loved your post Carolyn - only thing is your delightful posts give me itchy feet.... now I have the urge to go for a walk! Unfortunately not by the sea!

Love Karenx

Bluebell said...

We visited St. Ives last year whilst on holiday but didn't get a chance to visit any galleries, much to my disappointment. Loving the photos

Chatters said...

Hi Carolyn

What beautiful photographs and art work. Anne Davies work is beautiful, really enjoyed.

Amanda

A bird in the hand said...

We won't have those red leaves until October... I love them, too. Sally McCabe's paintings are wonderful -- wouldn't mind owning one either!
xxoo

ger said...

A lovely post, with a wonderful pre-autumn flair: leaves, art, more art...

Diane said...

What a lovely thing to do - I was wandering down Fore Street with you then!! Hope the rain had gone. xxx

Tracie Lyn Huskamp said...

HI CAROLYN... I am SO GLAD YOU FOUND MY BLOG TOO!!! Rebecca Sower is the most beautiful person, don't you think.

I apologize for my very tardy response to your lovely blog comments. I arrived home yesterday, happy inside with the warm glow of incredible memories from my experiences. England is such a magical place.

I am THRILLED you have added my humble book to your wish list... hopefully you will win the copy from Rebecca.
And check out my latest blog post as I have a couple of other friends giving copies away too... you could pop over to their blogs to sign up.

warmly,
Tracie

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

Lovely post Carolyn, the pink leaves are so pretty! Bye for now. Lesley

Rayna said...

St. Ives sounds so charming!
Thanks for the link to the gallery - I followed it and fell in love with Ann Davies' work. I covet those piece - they are wonderful.

Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting - I am glad to find yours. We have had a dark and rainy summer here, too. Blah. But fall is in the air - my favorite season.
Rayna

Julie said...

Thank you for your kind compliment! I love reading your blog! It is truly lovely and so interesting! xx

meplusmolly said...

Hello!
Thanks for the lovely comments, as always. Job is going fine, just trying to adjust and balance everything to get the best of both worlds!
Loving the colours in this post, love those wee houses too. Am off to visit my parents over the weekend and am hoping to snap some inspiration in the way of colours and foliage from the nearby fields and hedgerows. Time for autumnal and festive inspired creativity! ;0 x

Morna Crites-Moore said...

Looks like quite a fabulous day ... and I welcome autumn, too. :)

Kath said...

HI Carolyn, thanks for the sweet message on my blog :)
I love those dark gloomy and rainy days when I can stay home...not so much when they fall on days I have to go out!
The leaves are beautiful, and it sounds like you had a lovely day visiting all the art galleries!
enjoy your day :)
Kath

Kayla coo said...

Hello,
I'm hoping for better weather in your part of the world next week!
Thanks for sharing all this wonderful art work.
Autumn always inspires me as do your leaves.x

Pat said...

i am new to your blog. great. interesting. inspirational. i loved taking a walk with you.....

Gunnels blog said...

beautiful leaves you found! And what wonderful art at the galleries! Have a nice wekeend!

Art4Sol said...

I'm forever picking up leaves and twigs of interest(to me)on walks, too. Little treasures...and inspiration.
Thanks for sharing recent links to artists I'm unfamiliar with...very beautiful work.

libbyquilter said...

hi Carolyn~!~

very much enjoyed your comment left on my latest blog post~thank you.

this post is looking a bit like fall too with that first shot of red/pink leaves~!!~ arent't they beautiful~!

:)
libbyQ

Guzzisue said...

please don't speak the word autumn too loud, we've not had our summer holiday yet ! always love to see whats going on :-)

Pomona said...

Thank you for visiting my blog and your lovely comment! Some really beautiful pictures above - very covetable.

Pomona x

florcita said...

what a lovely artsy day you had!

About me said...

I'm so glad that I've found your blog its just lovely.
Don't you think that it's good to explore all areas of art, you get inspired when you least expect to.
Julie

Fiona Whitehead said...

Thanks for sharing such fabulous work Carolyn - and thank you for your good wishes - I'm feeling a lot better but still can't sit at the computer for long. x

jackie said...

I'm so jealous of where you live - you certainly seem to appreciate it and to make the most of everything around you.

artistamyjo said...

Wow! Very creative gal, love what you do.