Saturday, July 11, 2015

The Florence Munnings Story

In the wake of the success of the recent movie ‘Summer in February’ I set out to establish the level of interest shown in Florence Munnings and the Lamorna artists. She was the key figure in the tragic sequence of events which unfolded in west Cornwall on the eve of the First World War.

Astonished to discover that the online photograph of her headstone had attracted over fifty thousand views, I persuaded my friend the artist Gabrielle Hawkes to accompany me on a journey into the past. Together we explored the locations, characters and artworks central to the narrative. It is not surprising that so many people continue to be moved by Florence’s story.

The result is the first YouTube video from Cornish Muse: ‘The Florence Munnings Story’.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

A Beginner’s Guide to Acrylics ~ with Yvette Wiltshire

St Ives and Penzance are well known as centres for art classes and workshops, but top class art tuition is also available in other parts of Cornwall. On a Saturday earlier this month I headed towards Liskeard to attend Yvette Wiltshire’s  (right) ‘Beginners Guide to Acrylics’ – one of a range of workshops and courses which she offers at various locations in mid Cornwall. Yvette’s interest in art began in the early 1990s, when her Father decided to take up painting as a retirement hobby.