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Newlyn Art Gallery’s Sir Terry Frost exhibition – Green Below, 2003, the last painting by the artist

I felt so privileged during the Christmas break to have visited a most wonderful – and certainly colourful – exhibition of works by leading modernist painter Sir Terry Frost (1915 – 2003). It was a treat for my birthday and would have been a treat for any occasion and for anyone in the vicinity of Newlyn and Penzance – two very popular resorts in the extreme south west of Cornwall. The exhibition was divided between the two galleries – Newlyn Art Gallery exhibited his later work and Penzance’s The Exchange was showing some of his earlier work – bringing together some of his most acclaimed paintings, sculptures and collages from public and private collections across the UK. There were works from his life in St. Ives in the early 1950’s, his time away from Cornwall and his return to the county when he took up residence and a studio in Newlyn in the 1970’s until his demise in 2003. And all was organised by the Tate St Ives in consultation with Sir Terry Frost’s estate and in collaboration with Leeds Art Gallery and the two galleries in the south west. He was one of the artistic greats of his time along with fellow artists Peter Lanyon, Ben Nicholson, Roger Hilton, Mark Rothko, Victor Pasmore, Adrian Heath and Barbara Hepworth – all of whom were his friends or colleges.

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Autumn Rings Andueze 

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Resting Orange 2000

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Purple and Green

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Sir Terry Frost’s Sunburst framing Clemmy

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Blue Winter 1956

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Red, Black and White 1955-6

I have admired this great mid-twentieth century artist for a long time and felt lucky that I had the opportunity to see some of his original work and prints. I love the way Sir Terry Frost used colour and simple forms to create impact with his paintings – they impart an energy and intrigue. And continue to be admired by many well into the twenty first century and I foresee will continue to influence art of the future. Sir Terry Frost and the other great names of that era were bold innovators of form and colour and they have most certainly impacted upon my art works.

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High Yellow, Yorkshire, by Sir Terry Frost c.1955

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Walking Down the Quays by Sir Terry Frost, 1954

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A Sir Terry Frost display at The Exchange in Penzance

Sadly, the Sir Terry Frost exhibition has now ended in the SW but the Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange continue to offer some exciting works by local and national artists – and in such great locations too – who could possible resist calling by!

Both galleries have there own cafes but the Old Coastguard in Mousehole is a treat with sea views in which to dine too – we did and we were not disappointed – I can recommend the Sticky Date Pudding with brandied prunes and hazelnut ice cream; and the crème brulee and the lemon verbena panna cotta where also good enough to die for!

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Contemplating Force 8 (1960) at The Exchange, Penzance

Diane x


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A slice of strawberry cake!

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The sun makes most of us feel cheerful and I am no exception. I woke to the warmth of the early morning sun bursting through the bedroom window a couple of days ago and I just had to race outside to capture some of its glory; just in case it was a brief visit. I found the plants starting to flourish in the garden and birds singing from the tree tops. I started to think of flimsy summer dresses, straw hats and my daughters heading down to the beach with their friends like a gaggle of excited geese. But, we are not quite there yet; even though I did put on my lime-coloured cotton dress and starlet sunglasses; unfortunately, teamed with sensible boots, rather than bare feet, to cut through the dewy spring grass. I strolled through the garden and circumnavigated the much larger front lawns and orchard; those very same fields that will soon be bustling with visitors. We open up our large front garden to summertime camping; when the usual chaos of family life bubbles more fervently with joyous chatter, children giggles and rustling of canvas; oh, and we must not forget the glorious smells of smouldering barbeques and sounds of sizzling sausages. And this brings me to the matter of food; but not merely that of fuel, that of pleasure; cheesecake pleasure. Pure indulgence with a hint of summer on the way.

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To enjoy this simple but tasty treat, you will need:

  • 20cm (8inch) round loose bottomed cake tin, buttered and base lined
  • 75g (3oz) butter
  • 125g (4.5oz) digestive (or other plain) biscuits, digestives do work well though
  • 150g (5oz) white chocolate
  • 350ml (12 fluid oz) double cream
  • 450g (1lb) cream cheese
  • 100g (4oz) icing sugar
  • 1tsp vanilla essence
  • 150g (5oz) raspberries or other soft berry fruit

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To begin, chop the butter into chunks and place in a small glass or ceramic bowl. Melt the butter in the microwave for approximately 20-30 seconds until almost runny. (Alternatively, the butter can be melted over a saucepan of warm water). Meanwhile, crush the biscuits until they resemble breadcrumbs. This can be done in a food processor, but I prefer to do it manually, by placing the biscuits in a large food bag and rolling over and over them with a rolling pin, until all are crushed. The kids love doing this one.

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Then, add the biscuits to the butter, mix together thoroughly and tip into the prepared tin. Flatten down with the back of a spoon and pop this into a fridge to harden and cool.

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In the meantime, break the chocolate into its pieces and place in a glass bowl. Place over a saucepan of barely simmering water. Do not let the bowl touch the water as the chocolate will burn and turn grainy. A smooth cream consistency is required. Set aside to cool slightly.

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Whilst the chocolate is resting, place the cream cheese, icing sugar and vanilla essence into a bowl and stir to slightly mix; fully blended is not required here.

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Pour the cream into a large mixing bowl and whisk until just starting to thicken; it will hold its shape if pulled by the whisk. Tip the cream cheese mixture into the cream and whisk again, or simply stir through, until well blended this time. Add the chocolate and stir until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined.

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Wash the raspberries and allow to drain.

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Remove the tin from the fridge and scatter the drained raspberries over the biscuit base. You can increase or decrease the quantity of fruit to taste.

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Spoon over the cheesecake mixture and smooth the surface to level. Place the cheesecake, still in the tin, back into the fridge to cool for at least one hour. Almost there!Food 055

When ready to serve remove the cheesecake from the tin by easing a knife around the edge of the dessert to loosen and push the base upwards. Slide carefully onto a serving plate or board.

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Dust with icing sugar or sprinkle over white chocolate flakes to decorate if so desired. This cheesecake is good enough to serve on its own, but for extra richness it can be accompanied by pouring cream, soft berry coulis (puree) or a scattering of soft berries; or all three options, as I do sometimes, for a truly delightful experience!

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This is a treat to be enjoyed inside or out; on your own, with the kids or with a gathering of friends.

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It can be packed in a tin and transported for picnics; or served at home for afternoon tea, an after school snack or dressed up on fine china for a special dinner date.

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Sometimes, for a sweeter alternative and for longer keeping (even though having to keep it very rarely happens),  I abandon the fresh fruit altogether and place the filling directly onto the base. And when I am ready to serve, I top it with a high fruit jam or preserve; the children love strawberry or blackcurrant, I prefer cherry, but it could be tried with apricot or marmalade too! If topped with marmalade I wonder if it could be categorised as a breakfast staple?

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Easily makes 10 tasty portions.

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And the only things left to do; are wash up and ponder at the artistic creation before you!

I say artistic because this cheesecake reminds me of summer and the richly coloured in the park paintings created by French post-impressionist artist Georges-Pierre Seurat (1859- 1891). His most famous picnic interpretation being that of ‘A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte’, 1884-86. He used the method of applying tiny dots of rich coloured pigment to the 3 metre wide canvas, to be optically blended by the observer; this method is known as chromoluminarism and pointillism.


And I imagine ruminating by a pond; a pond celebrated as much as those painted by the French impressionist artist, Claude Monet (1840-1926). I would have my blanket spread across the grass whilst savouring the delicateness of raspberry and white chocolate cheesecake, washed down with a delicately floral Muscat dessert wine. I have my own acrylic on canvas interpretation of water lilies; but I am not sure if it matches up to that of Monet’s? I never intended to paint lilies in water, but the colour that was evolving on the canvas was so reminiscent of the those much adored Monet  creations, that the content could be no other.



Art and cooking are not so different really, both are created to be viewed, relished and remembered. x


A Gentle Breeze


This is the first blog from pictures and patisserie, a blog site that hopes to share my art and love of all things artistic and creative, including a love of baking and making. I have always had a passion for art and design, but I am also enthusiastic about the art of making and consuming tasty sweet desserts; and whilst this gallery is predominately about my obsessions with art forms, there will also be the occasional pop-up recipe for you to try. So, as you eat cake you can also peruse the art on display, just as you might in a café gallery. I intend to gossip about art, design, creating things and motherhood!

My journey with the creative world began a few years ago with a BA(hons) degree in graphic design followed by a ten year spell in public relations and then babies arrived! That certainly required a great deal of creativity! The following years moved between changing nappies to creating and sewing textile artworks for family and friends; originally created from recycled clothing. I continue to take commissions for my bespoke family heirlooms of grandchildren flying kites, new homes and much loved pets, but I have always held a desire to paint, so recently I armed myself with a paint brush, canvas and acrylic to see what would happen. I have experimented with many styles and techniques with my first collection appropriately titled ‘My experimental stage’. A gallery page will appear soon!

Abstract forms and bold colours are presently fascinating me with inspirations coming from my surroundings of coast and country, family and home, and, of course, food! x

A hot day


summer reflections