Tales from the Sea Garden

Tales from The Sea Garden

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Saturday 22 February 2014


I was employed as manageress of a small art gallery for a couple of years before I established 'The Sea Garden', and one of the most enjoyable aspects of the job for me was to visit artists in their own studios and select work for sale. It is an honour and a privilege to be invited to step into someone's studio as it is always a very personal space. I love the smell of them; the jumble of paints and  brushes and canvases, the mess on the floor and the walls, the half-finished pieces, the preliminary sketches that give you an insight into the development and thought processes involved in producing a completed artwork.
My friend Angelica is a full-time practising artist, and after struggling to paint in a cold and very damp outhouse for the last few years she has finally managed to rent a fine purpose-built studio in a lovely location not too far from home. 

Today was my first visit there, and whilst Angelica pottered about unpacking her things and preparing paints, I took the liberty of taking the following photographs, which she has given me permission to share with you all.

Having a space in which to work away from the distractions of everyday living is so important, she told me. 

She hasn't had time yet to stamp her identity on the place, but already there are a few things tacked to the wall to lend inspiration, and some finished pieces:

She works with a mixture of oils, acrylics and pastels.

Some close-ups of the palette....

A well-earned cuppa!

Truly scrumptious-looking pastels, they appear as though they have light shining out of them!

The accoutrements of the artist: palette knives, brushes,

canvases and frames.....

tubes of paint and sketchbooks....

Whilst Angelica prepared a new canvas ground I sat and produced a little drawing of my own, just for fun. I very rarely sit down and produce any kind of artwork these days.

I used oil pastels, not my favourite medium, but all I could find to hand to bring.

This was my chosen subject: in a corner of the studio a shelf with two of Angelica's paintings and a vase of daffodils, and a comfy chair on a rug.

 Et voila! 
The chair came out a bit elongated, and I used artistic licence with the colour of the shelf and the skirting board, but I enjoyed the challenge!


  1. Looks like your artist friend has found her paradise......xx

  2. How lovely to see round a real artist's studio, I love your photos. And your piece is fantastic. Have you been inspired to do more?

  3. It's so exciting watching artists while doing their work, you're right, but you also are not too bad as a painter, believe me ;) !!
    Happy Sunday to you and thank you for what you always share <3

  4. Hurrah for Angelica~ there is nothing like having uninterrupted time in your studio;
    and hers is so nice with that row of windows and all the greenery outdoors. Its interesting to see all the brands we don't have here in the US; that I've never heard of. Luckily we can get Windsor and Newton!
    Christine your pastel is very well done, you did so well with the wicker which can be very tricky.
    How interesting to manage an art gallery, GB has such a wealth of incredible art.

  5. It's always fun to see artists' studios. Thanks for the tour. And your sketch is delightful.

  6. Hello, I've just found you and am so glad I did! Lovely post.

  7. i love watching an artist at work, i love their studios and creative space...its very inspiring. my sister moved to Calstock with her family and ive been enjoying walks by the river and the arty feel of the place ;0)

  8. I love snooping round other Artists studios :) Your little chair sketch is beautiful.

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  10. With your very 1st photo I thought... I've met that lady??? It was only the other day at on my first Cornish Open Studio's that I had the pleasure to meet her, see her fantastic studio and her amazing work.. And what a joy it was to stumble your post.. Her studio is wonderful although she was feeling a little chilled by the damp weather on Saturday.. Thank you for such a lovely post and a connection to a new found artist here in Cornwall.