As I have mentioned to you before, Keith often had visions during his dreams and meditations. He had one waking vision while visiting the desert in Sedona, Arizona, USA. As he walked through the desert of red clay he stooped to pick up a stone, thinking to take home a souvenir of his time there. Out of the corner of his eye he saw a flash and in astonishment he stood up. In front of him stood a Native American Indian high upon a horse. The man and horse were transparent and completely bathed in the colour red. Keith blinked but the vision did not go away. He backed away from the vision, leaving the stone, now forgotten, on the ground and the man and horse before him faded away. He had a friend with him who was walking several paces behind when this occurred. As they met up he explained what happened and they took a photo of this spot. Years later in the late 1990's he was in between paintings and asked me if I had any ideas for the next one. I reminded him of this remarkable occ…

The Royal Oak

Keith loved trees. When he was a boy he planted two sycamore leaves in his garden. Both grew into beautiful trees. At Christmas he refused to kill a live tree for us to decorate. No amount of pleading would change his mind. Even the very sensible argument that Christmas trees would not have been born without their uses in our society as decoration, therefore they would be serving their purpose, etc.  could budge him on this. Later I tried the environmental argument that fake trees were non-ecological and was told that we could decorate a fallen branch if I preferred! Trees were sacred living
beings and Keith painted them with reverence.

The Heart of the Royal Oak is my favourite painting of all. It was finished and signed on my 36th birthday. I told Keith of my love for it and he gifted it to me as a birthday present. I was over the moon, as you can imagine! Not ten minutes later a lovely young couple walked into Keith's studio over Lanhams and asked how much it was. Keith looked…

Moonlight, Starlight and Sunlight

So many times Keith has represented the moon with a female image. He generally painted the moon as feminine and the sun as masculine.

St IA was a real person who came to St Ives from Ireland to teach Christianity. She had a brother named Erth who travelled with several other missionaries to Cornwall. She wanted to come with them but as so often happened to women of that time, was told it was unseemly so she was left behind. This did not stop her. Legend tells us that she arrived on Porthmeor Beach sailing upon a leaf. (This was most likely an Irish boat made of skins which resembled a leaf to the people on the shore.)  Young IA (or Eia) was most fortunate, for the currents that brought her could have just as likely taken her as far as Nova Scotia or beyond. At a tender age (perhaps as young as 15 or 16) she set up her teaching station on what the locals call the 'Island' where St Nicholas' Chapel sits today. It very likely was surrounded by water in those days, much as St…

Where it all began...

A lot of you own or have seen examples of Keith's early work. When Keith first started painting he began with subjects that he could see... He used actual models or he painted a seascape or landscape that impressed him with it's beauty. He used to say that if it stood still long enough he would paint it!
His subjects never remained exactly the same. After several years of painting the sea or schooners he would shift to painting clowns or character studies.

The pathos in the single tear on the face of his very unique clowns have the ability to make you feel reflective or sad. Because of the emotion that he brought to the surface through the paint, you either loved them or not. But no one could deny the skill behind them.

Keith had a wry sense of humour and often this was evident in the paintings, making you smile.

Everyone loves the seascapes... he captured water so beautifully, employing techniques that enhanced the light as it was reflected from the setting or rising sun, gl…

Revealed: The Cosmic Codes and why Keith painted them

Keith was always intrigued with how the beauty of mathematics related to the Universal Language of how things work in our third dimensional reality. This painting, 'The Golden Section', is his depiction of an actual mathematical symbol and one of those mysteries he sought to explore. Although not a mathematician in any way, he first discovered that there was something to this while meditating in the late 1990's. Keith intuited through dreams and meditations which many times led him to the sources of his paintings.

Keith often had visions during meditation. On this occasion he was met by an old man who told him that his name was Enoch. (Interestingly, Enoch was a prophet of the Old Testament in the Bible. According to biblical scripture Enoch and the City of Enoch had reached such a point of purity that they totally disappeared from the Earth. Keith would have called this event Ascension.)

The Old man then turned into a great white light and within the light a voice said, …

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Finally I have begun! I am so excited to share with you the next stage of this venture:
A Small Exhibition Coming Soon!

What : An exhibition of Cornish Art and Treasures

When: 1st June 2018; 16 - 17 August 2018

Where: The Borlase Smart Room, Porthmeor Studios, St Ives

Times: 10 am - 4 pm

This lovely original painting "Star Goddess Capella" will be for sale as well as various prints of Keith's work. If you missed getting one of his paintbrushes (all proceeds to MacMillan Nurses) come and choose one for 50p. Keith English prints normally sell for £60 but if you buy one at the exhibition they are available for £50. Assorted canvas prints also available at special exhibition prices.

It would be lovely to see all of you there!