"My husband and I are about to retire from Derbyshire back to our southern roots, but specifically, westwards to our soul home of Cornwall. We're a couple of nature nuts, and know the western end of the county like the backs of our hand - your two superb pieces of original artwork will really "warm" the brilliant white walls of the new Cornish home we hope we'll soon be moving into! The two paintings absolutely capture the places on a couple of our favourite walks from Gwennap Head. The colours and textures do the subjects especial justice and really capture the mood of the locations, frankly impossible through an equivalent photograph. We are utterly impressed - first class - what a talent, Diane!"Maria Claughton
My Artistic Search for…More! In school I learned about line, form, light and shadow, I learned these skills carefully and aimed to recreate what I saw on the page. We used acrylic paint and I was good at this; able to create an accurate representation of what I was copying. This was praised at first, then criticised. After being taught how to capture what I saw accurately I was then encouraged to be inaccurate. Students around me were being applauded for originality, intention and concept – more than skill and technique.
As an artist I want to capture your interest within seconds. They say that a picture is worth a thousand words; I like to talk to my readers in a glance. And perhaps, in that glance, a piece of art can move you in an inexplicable way; it can suggest, evoke and enthral. Perhaps art can’t change or save the world, but I believe it can help to change or save the individual. It certainly did for me.
Newquay’s Arts and Culture Festival Art8 brings together the community and covers many areas of art; events, exhibits and workshops involving film, craft, spoken word, dance, photography, theatre, music, literature and more. Art8 returns to Newquay from 18th – 20th May 2018 . Steam Bar will be partners for the 2018 festival hosting a range of exhibitions and events over the weekend alongside other local venues.
Having only moved to Cornwall last year I am really keen to search out other Cornish artists and find out more about their art and how they find Cornwall. For me it’s about expanding my knowledge and my network; discovering about Cornwall and how it inspires people. One of the names which kept coming up in my searches was Melanie McDonald. I had to find out more.
Stunning coastal landscapes and more. Bought a beautiful original painting of Fern Pit Cafe, Newquay as a Christmas present for my husband, whose family has owned the property for generations. Amazing atmospheric sky and realistic view of the cafe. Delighted to have it as the centre piece in our lounge.Julie King
Oil or Acrylic? It’s an age old question and one I’ve struggled with for a while. As a general rule, and admittedly what swayed me for many years, is that acrylics are cheaper and more affordable than oils. At that rather shallow analysis in my equally shallow youth, I left it at that and for years I painted with acrylics. That’s not a terrible thing by the way, I love acrylics – but I’ve often wondered whether I’m missing out.
Whistlefish Whistlefish is a greetings cards, art, gifts and stationery company founded by artist Lyn Thompson. They support artists locally and nationally but handpicking a selection of favourites in traditional, contemporary and modern styles. I’m pleased to announce that I have now joined their band of handpicked artists and some of my work features on their products.
Absolutely love this lady's work and can't recommend her highly enough, she really captures the beauty and the feel of an area we both love.The colours are stunning. She is always a pleasure to deal with, and very reasonably priced considering the high quality of the work she produces. I have several of her original pieces, my only regret is that I haven't got the space to display the pieces in the manner they deserve!Kev
There is nothing like the instant gratification of viewing the photo you just took. However while the technology may be instant, the skill in becoming a photographer takes patience and practice. I rely heavily on my photography skills in order to build up a library of images that I can refer to for my paintings. While I get inspiration by being out in the countryside, my memory is imperfect – so my personal inspiration library is a combination of feelings, emotions and experiences captured in my head, and photos captured on my camera. Between the two I can get the sense and the detail.
Having seen a photo of a fabulous sunset that Diane had taken we asked if she would paint it for us and we were amazed at how great it looks, the colours are fantastic and we think she has captured it perfectly, we can't wait to put it on our wall and would definitely ask Diane to paint something for us again.Lesley Corroyer
I was looking for a striking piece of art for my new kitchen diner and having seen Diane's work before I knew that I would be getting a great piece. I purchased the bald eagle on a black canvas which looks fantastic and is a real talking point when people come round. It arrived very quickly and was well packaged. Excellent art / great service, highly recommend Diane to anyone.Chris Middleton
After moving to Cornwall this year I look back with fond memories of London – while I don’t mind a visit – I’d never live there again. But it did make me wonder what’s going on with the London art world. I exhibit and sell my paintings online with Londonart.co.uk and decided to get in touch with its owner Paul Wynter to get the latest updates.
I stumbled onto the Cornwall Arts and Crafts Directory (CACD) the other day. It appeared on the first page of my Google search for ‘Cornwall art’ and I was intrigued to find out more. I’m always inspired to see people reaching out and pulling together a community – to be able to do this successfully you need to be visible – and this website is. I immediately sent a request to join the directory. I received a very quick and friendly response and my listing is as below.
With only a week to go before Cornwall’s Open Studios begins, Doodie is racing around ensuring that everything is ready for the first opening day. From the 27th May to the 4th June Artists across Cornwall ‘throw’ open their doors to allow the public to get a privileged and unique insight into the homes of people from one of the most creative counties in the UK.
I'm very happy with my painting, I love the use of colour and texture which brings the scene to life in a unique way. I will definitely be purchasing another one day!Alison Murphy