Morning Walk

It's a long time since we have had such a beautiful autumn. Days on end of bright clear air and positively raging colours! I am torn between going down to the coast to paint as the shimmer and sparkle of the sea are irresistible or going up to the moor...

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The Window Perspective

I'm sitting looking out of an upstairs window at the view of our garden. There is a rose that has just finished giving the most wonderful display of clusters of white scented flowers next to a Hebe which has very attractive long spikey leaves of pale...

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A Wander Through My Garden

I find the spring and early summer brings the chance to meet wonderful old friends. It starts with the Snowdrops and Primroses. Then come the Daffodils followed by the Bluebells and Campion, and now the Foxgloves. These majestic flowers I encourage to seed...

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Thunder and Lightening – Very Very Frightening

The morning was lovely. The air was a bit warmer so I was able to get out into the garden and pull up a few more weeds without feeling that I had to have a coat on. We had expected the best of the weather before lunch and right on cue the sky darkened and...

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The cattle return

Our day started on an exciting note! The cattle arrived back at the farm for the winter having spent the summer out on the moor. Usually the weather is awful but today dawned bright and sunny and I found myself standing, as I did last year, at an upstairs...

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Finished and hand-over

The picture is finished at last! I have thoroughly enjoyed painting it but am strangely sad to hand it over. I will miss it, the personalities, animal and human have lived with me for three months and now have taken a new lease of life in our local pub,...

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A Give Away!

Hi everyone – I’m doing a twitter give away! Go and follow @AnnaCornsArt, and when I get to 200 followers I will select one follower at random to receive my set of three Christmas cards:...

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Portrait of Alice

It is strange to be asked to paint someone's portrait, to try to capture a person and recreate the essence of that person onto a flat surface. Alice came to sit for a group of artists and was a wonderful subject. This is quite a large – life size –...

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Autumn Colours – Wow

September is here and the first fabulous colours are starting to show.  Every time I see the rose hips on the Rosa Rugosa I simply have to reach for the paint box! The weather is calmer today, bright and sunny with clear, clear air.  We will go to the...

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Exciting Week!

A few weeks ago I exhibited some paintings in the St Teath Art Exhibition. I was thrilled when Michael Williams, the art correspondent for the Cornish Guardian asked if he could feature my work in a piece he was writing. I agreed, and to be honest, forgot...

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Homecoming

I seem to have been away for such a long time and have thoroughly enjoyed myself but it is SO wonderful to be back home. The greatest difference that I notice is the growth and colour of the garden. Some plants have doubled in size and are the brightest...

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Notes from the Sketch Pad!

It’s quite a time since I have written anything on my blog and I am really looking forward to sharing a little of what goes on in my busy Sketch Pad! Much of the planning for my day is driven by the weather which of course starts the evening before and...

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Busy Weekend

What a weekend!  Sometimes in a small village lots of special things happen all at once – this was just such a time!  Yesterday we had great fun helping a friend get ready for her daughters wedding.  There were flowers to do and the church to get ready and...

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PS on a Cream Tea

I have just had a call from the Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust to say how pleased they were to receive our cheque for the money we raised from our Cream Tea.  Oh! I forgot to say  –  We raised £566.  Not bad for an afternoon in my garden! One of the lovely...

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Bluebell Walk

I walked up to the village today.   It only takes about five minutes to reach  the bridge over the river and as you emerge from the shade of the trees there is the most vibrant yellow carpet of buttercups.  I  turned up the path towards the moor, past a...

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Our Fantastic Cream Tea!

Everything went perfectly!  The morning started bright and clear but my first job seemed a bit daunting,  the lawn was covered by an enormous pile of chairs and tables  to be washed down and carried into the garden.  I started off quite well but was very...

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Sunshine Colours

It has really felt like spring today.  The sun has shone all day so I have had the chance to do some gardening.  The colours are wonderful and I was trying to imagine how to paint the colours without getting a chocolate box effect.  The intensity of the...

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Pencil Portrait of Jan

The last portrait I did was of Melvin, the new landlord of The Old Inn, St Breward. This one is of Jan who works there and is a super friend. Life has been very busy with the arrival of visitors to the village for the Easter break. The weather was...

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Pencil Portrait of Melvin

I thought I should like to introduce you to our new landlord of The Old Inn, St Breward.  As you can see he is a tremendous character.   Some faces just ask to be drawn and I would like to go on to do his portrait in oils. It has been a lovely day today. ...

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The Family Hug

Today really is a day for staying indoors – if at all possible.  I went down to the coast this morning and the wind was bitingly cold.  It may not feel it, but we are lucky down here in Cornwall as we are still above freezing unlike other parts of the UK...

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Sunny Port Isaac Morning

Yesterday was fantastic in Port Isaac!   Beautiful and sunny and warm! I had to go there to have a rehearsal for a Music Hall evening we are doing on Saturday.  When that was finished I walked down to the beach and sat and did a couple of watercolour...

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Home Again

My trip away has been terrific!  I have caught up with so many family and friends and have been looked after beautifully.    I didn’t have much time to paint except for these wonderful blue flowers I saw – the colour was so vibrant I had to reach for the...

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Martin Clunes Buys My Picture of Fizzy

Martin Clunes was due to film up at our local pub, The Old Inn at St Breward, so I was hoping that my pictures, which are on show there, might be seen in an episode of Doc Martin. When I heard that they had taken them all down I have to say that I was just...

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Silly shoes, sand and lunch at Rick Steins!

We had a fantastic day out with the Port Isaac Chorale.  We started out at a friends house and then, to get over to Padstow, and lunch at The Seafood Restaurant, we had to take the ferry.  As it was a special day I had decided to wear smart high heeled...

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Winter Walk

We walked to the village yesterday.  It was bitingly cold as we went up through the great Beech trees.  Half way up Mine Hill there was an enormous branch which had come down across the road.  It had been sawn up and heaved to one side  until it could be...

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Our first Snowdrops

They are here! When we see the first signs of snowdrops we can’t help but smile.  These brave little flowers push up through the ground into snow and wind and rain and really let us know that everything is waking up and before too long they will be...

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VIDEO – A Walk to Port Isaac / Port Wenn

At the end of the summer I took my paints and headed to Port Isaac to paint the old school building. From there I went down the hill and sat on the beach and had a quiet half hour doing a water colour sketch. Having done the sketch I will be using it back...

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Denzil Dog

I had a super visit to The Masons Arms in Camelford the other day to deliver this pencil drawing of Denzil.   He is such a lovely dog.  His owner, Jo, is kindly displaying a few of my pictures in the lounge bar and making plans for a party!  Hey! I like...

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Christmas Spirit

I really feel that the Christmas Spirit is coming!  I went down to Cedar Croft Nursery yesterday to replenish the stock of my Christmas Cards which have been selling well and the whole place was filled with lovely colour.  Penny was busy making Christmas...

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Old Man of the Tree

If you go down to Charlestown near St Austell you can see this wonderful carving at the side of the road. It used to be a tree stump. The tree had sadly to be cut down and I can’t believe how much work went into carving this. If you stop to have a look...

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Port Gavern Picture

Who says that water colour has to be wishy-washy!  This picture of Port Gavern is now hanging in the lovely pub there where we go after choir practice on a Tuesday evening.  The tiny bay is just around the corner from Port Isaac where the Doc Martin TV...

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Cattle Return From The Moor

I always look forward to the return of the cattle from Bodmin Moor.  They have been up there for the summer but now, as the weather has turned quite a lot colder, they have been brought down on to the farm where they will live in the barns until the...

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Autumn Day on the Moor

The weather up on the moor yesterday was fantastic!  I had done a drawing the day before and an under painting so was able to take advantage of a sunny day to enjoy the wonderful peace there is up there and work on the painting.  The colours where similar...

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Autumn Berries

The sun was so warm on my back as I walked down the lane.  The land drops away and there is more shelter from the prevailing wind.  Here the black berries are at their best, not quite as large as last year but good enough to pick and cook into the most...

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New Winter Coat

It's a long time since we have had such a beautiful autumn. Days on end of bright clear air and positively raging colours! I am torn between going down to the coast to paint as the shimmer and sparkle of the sea are irresistible or going up to...

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Studio Rebuild

My lovely studio has stood up to some of the most violent weather in the UK but it had started to really rot away.  So it is time for a make over!  Yesterday the front came off, and today it’s one side and then the other hopefully tomorrow, depending on...

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The Storm

It’s calm now. The storm has roared through so today we are assessing the damage. A few tiles came off the roof on the first day but the second day hurled torrents of rain at us and we are quite worried that the water, which has soaked into the loft...

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Good Finish and Quickly Too

About two weeks ago I received a visit from some elderly neighbours to ask me to paint a picture to be given as a gift.  I was thrilled as I had painted a picture for them before which was sent out to New Zealand .  My enthusiasm was dampened rather when I...

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A Lonely Business?

Painting can be quite a lonely business.  Very few people that I know can paint while there are loads of things happening all around them. Strangely loneliness is rarely felt at the time, as it is so all consuming, but only when one realises how much time...

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High Hedges, Flowers and the Pub

Cornwall is famous for it’s diverse countryside which ranges from high bleak and beautiful moorland, across rolling farmland down to the coast, soft and tree-lined in the south but rough and rugged on the north. It is also memorable for it’s high hedges,...

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A Visit to the Penlee Gallery

I recently went on a trip to Penzance with my friends Yo and Fenella to the Penlee Gallery. It was an inspiration! Fenella and me outside the Penlee Galery. Dame Laura Knight’s wonderful paintings were a joy to see but also most surprising.  I had not...

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Super Sunday

I was welcomed into my studio this morning by the most beautiful poppy. Although it has been blown over by our recent gales and is lying across the garden it has turned towards the light and is flowering huge and red. Is that a metaphor?  Should we all...

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Colours of the Moor

I can’t wait to tell you about the colours on Bodmin Moor this morning!  Although it was raining there were patches of sunshine which lit up small patches of land like a spotlight. I drove up there through some of the tiniest lanes where the grasses and...

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Painting for the Air Ambulance

Presentation of a commissioned painting of the helicopter and crew which is now displayed in their new HQ near Newquay. I had such fun painting this picture – I nearly ran out of red paint! On the left – Paula Martin Chief Executive of the Cornwall Air...

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