Old Friend

I was delighted to see this “old friend” last night – one of my own abstract oil paintings of Cape Cornwall – prominently displayed in my old friend T’s airy new beachside apartment!

Walking on the non-dominant side …

This is a student discovering that her non-dominant hand is creating a drawing of exquisite sensitivity compared to the drawing produced by her all-knowing “right” hand – producing lines trembling with life in contrast to the generic right-handed image of the flower she was studying. Why not try it yourself?

Two Blank Canvases

What could be more exciting? One metre square is my favourite size and format for the flying paint tango!! This pic was taken on my way back from The Art Shop in Chapel Street, Penzance, to my studio above the Exchange Gallery a few minutes’ walk away.

Gorgeous Spring weather

Out with my sketchbook, playing with the lines of wind-sculpted tree. Initially I assumed it was hawthorn and a closer inspection showed me my old friend Elder, the generous donor of my winter medicinal syrups, now back on the brink of fresh green foliage. Thank you Elder. 💚

Spring Elder

A good day at the office

Getting serious about my art practice clearly involves more than freestyle visual expression. Today it’s about deep diving into website decisions with the creative genius @ianbwild in our office for the day at (no dogs, no dishes..) #artistresidencepenzance

Why draw?

Drawing is never about copying, for me, it is about exploring feeling states with a humble and hungry curiosity to connect. To understand a little more of life through my own body.

Seagull Taking Off From A Rocky Ledge

Study – Bye Bye Castles

Scaling up to A3 with free flowing gouache. This is fun and irreverent, and I enjoyed this exploration of flight and movement arching over the static castle on the rock, St Michael’s Mount – imagining elements strong enough to take it down like a sandcastle!

Fly Free

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!


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)


Welcome the wise Winter

The sunlight’s reign of gold ceded to hail and gale today as we pass through the turnstile into winter. I walked into the moonlit field and watched the dogs circle across stubbled grass.

Welcome the wise Winter

Grace and Power

Just one flower.. growing seeds. Grace is natural, coded, guaranteed.