Patrick Heron at Tate St Ives

Seeing this wonderful collection of paintings by Patrick Heron, with works at this large scale and alongside each other and from different periods, with one painting relating to another: intense colour, the pleasure of following a line across the canvas, the detail of a pattern, abstraction, looking from one shape/pattern to another around the canvas – … Read morePatrick Heron at Tate St Ives

winter seed-heads

I walked around our woodland this afternoon, in winter sunlight and stillness. I brought back seed-heads of cow parsley and docks. I used these shapes as I completed a painting that I worked on yesterday. Colours have become more tonal, with lines cutting through.  I like these seed shapes and the seeds clusters that remain after … Read morewinter seed-heads


  I’m rereading ‘Painting the warmth of the sun: St Ives Artists 1939-1975’, and also the Tate book ‘Modern Art and St Ives’. I’m interested in paintings by Patrick Heron, his views on non-representational art, and his move from abstract with figurative association to purely abstract paintings. He admired the works of Sam Francis and wrote … Read morecolour


Reds in my garden and woodland: deep crimson-reds changing to browns; strong rose-reds and cerulean sky, cadmium reds against grey-greens.  Blackbirds are now feasting on the crab apples; the finches go for the rose hips, especially of the rock-rose; thrushes are often on the haws and rowan. Birds will also feed on the (non-native) cotoneaster … Read morereds


Mount Edgcumbe

Hashing at Mount Edgcumbe on Sunday morning in fantastic sunshine – a landscaped country park with woodlands and gardens looking across Plymouth Sound [Mount Edgcumbe country park was the earliest landscaped park in Cornwall… with Grade I listed gardens, 55 listed structures… and deer roaming freely – see website] A great place to visit for a walk, and a … Read moreMount Edgcumbe