Bye Bye Castles

A study for a new painting. The theme, Nature’s laws of freedom: a gull flying above a giant wave, as another wave crashes down on The Mount – “the jewel in the crown” of Mount’s Bay, Cornwall – demolishing this symbol of privilege for the few and restoring sovereignty to all who fly untethered to the glorification of oppressive power systems.

Fly Free

Portraits are like dogs

They come in all shapes and sizes! This is a little birthday pic for my friend Peter, of Basil, his Jack Russell.


Phew, that’s better! I can relax and let the paint do what it likes to my new easel now that the bird has made its mark!


Brand new easel alert

Wouldn’t it be awful – if it stayed this clean forever ..

Light and Waves

Porthleven Harbour, March 2020
Mixed media painting
by Melanie Stokes
Available from the website soon as cards and prints.

Porthleven Harbour Mixed media painting by Melanie Stokes

Gorgeous Gorse

Yellow, coconut-scented gorse has burst out from winter-blackened thorns all around us. I have walked through it, sometimes barefoot, stopped and made drawings. And now my paint is flying…

Gorgeous Gorse

Mono prints of Penzance

As I take in my new surroundings, having moved to Penzance in January, I have been exploring the process of mono printing. They are taken from plein air sketches I have made around the harbour and sea front and I am loving the results.

Penzance - mono prints


‘Rise and Shine’ by Melanie Stokes

I’m excited to be exhibiting in the newly-formed St Just Society of Artists group exhibition from 20 April – 3 May 2019. Entitled ‘Arrival’ at Morvah Schoolhouse you can expect vibrant painted expression of our joie de vivre at living in this wonderful landscape.

'Rise and Shine' by Melanie Stokes

Truffle Yoga

Stay present, trust that the universe will throw your ball, hold your tail high and radiate fun. (Charcoal drawings soon to be available as cards and prints)