Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Dayschools Update


One of the unfortunate knock-on affects of Corvid has been that I had to cancel all the workshops that had been pre-booked for the summer and I truly had hoped that I would be able to resume teaching in the autumn.

Well, here we are in late September and we're pretty much in the same situation.  Many of us are still feeling very vulnerable and St Ives itself is full to capacity.  One of the most enjoyable things about my workshops are that they're held in my compact, but beautiful studio in my garden and the experience is all about touching and being immersed in all the samples and things I have to share with you.  Having to be socially distanced and cautious takes a lot of the joy away from spending a relaxed session with me and so I have now made the decision that I won't be holding any dayschools at all this year.

Thank you to everyone who have agreed to postpone to a later date; and apologies to all of you who have contacted me recently asking about booking workshops later this year - let's hope things will get back to a new normal in the new year and I can resume teaching again.  

In the meantime, stay safe and keep creating!

Thursday, 30 July 2020

Back Road Artworks Reopens

I'm delighted able to say that we've now reopened at Back Road Artworks - in fact we opened our doors again a couple of weeks ago.

Due to some of our members continuing to shield, we are now open Mondays (Sharon McSwiney), Thursdays (Susan Barraclough), Fridays (yours truly) and Saturdays (John Greig).  
We have put in place all the the safety measures you could possibly want and since this is such an open and spacious gallery, its very easy to social distance whilst browsing all the wonderful artwork and jewellery we have to offer.

This is my display as it is at the moment, but on Monday evening we'll be doing our usual monthly rehang and rotation of spaces... and so it may well all change!

So if you're in St Ives on a Friday and would like to pop in and say 'hello' I'd love to see you.

Opening Hours: 10am - 4pm

Back Road Artworks
Back Road East, St Ives, Cornwall
t: 01736 791571

Friday, 5 June 2020


I don't think any of us could have imagined how much our lives would have changed this year.  Fortunately, my friends and family are all safe and well during this awful pandemic and I hope you and your loved ones are also fine.

So with Back Road Artworks - my shared studio gallery here in St Ives closed for the foreseeable future - and the two major exhibitions I had booked for the summer obviously cancelled, I decided it was probably sensible to refresh and restart this blog again so I can keep everyone abreast with any news and future plans and to generally keep in touch.  I'm still posting new work most frequently on Instagram, but realise not everyone is comfortable with that - so I hope this will do.  

So stay safe everyone... all this will pass as they say.

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Goodbye for the moment....

I'm sad to say I won't be posting here for the time being.  As you've probably seen, I've found it hard to add posts here on my blog on a regular basis and these days I really use my Instagram page to record all my new work which is much simpler, easy to post, and allows the images to tell the story.

So if you aren't already following me on Instagram, you can find me if you search for:
Instagram: sallymaccabe

Thank you for following my blog and for your comments over the last couple of years... please keep in touch.

Sunday, 25 November 2018

Notes From My Christmas Exhibition

I've had wonderful opening weekend with my Christmas Sale of work.  For many years now it's been a tradition that I hold a Christmas sale in my home studio - first up on The Terrace in my Studio Gallery and then more recently in our small cottage in Bullans Terrace.  But the cottage here really is too small to be able to show my paintings properly and more than six people visiting at one time can cause serious congestion!  So this year I decided to hire the exhibition room at St Ives Arts Club which is a wonderful room to display large paintings and I also have a wide selection of art books and jewellery for sale.

The above photo shows the key piece in the show... it's a textile triptych that I made 34 years ago!  It's never been displayed before as it's always been hung in our home, but as I say, the cottage is so wee, I don't have room to hang it properly and so I decided to show it in public for the first time.  This was created back in the days before I 'painted' and it features manipulated fabric and hand stitching - the design was drawn from sketches of an oyster shell and the blue colour way from mussel shells.

And below, my dears, is a photograph of me taken back in Woodstock where it hung for many years on our landing.... don't I look young?!  Hysterical....

The exhibition continues until the end of the week and a full posting of the work for sale has just been posted on my Facebook page.  I will try and load photos onto my blog too for those of you who are sensibly not Facebook followers!

If you happen to be in St Ives this week, please pop in and say hello.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Video of my Sketchbook

I recently sent for a new gadget that allows me to do a 'hands free' video whilst I'm painting, demonstrating etc.  Today I decided to finally set it up at my studio table to film the contents of my most recent sketchbook that I've just finished:

I decided against talking the whole way through the video, but think I might possibly do that next time.  What I hadn't expected was for it to take the next 3 hours to work out how to load the video properly onto social media!  The original film was flipped sidewards and it took ages and lots of googling and swearing and app installing to finally get it sorted.

But I really enjoyed it and so I think this could be the start of a whole lot of video posting!

You'll see on the video that there is a number 37 on the spine of my sketchbook.  Well, as you can see from this photo, I have rather a lot of them.  It has always been my way of working to always have a 'sketchbook' on the go - although they are part ideas books; part sketchbook; part diary of things I'm doing and places I've been; and partly somewhere to scrape off leftover paint from my palette when I finish a painting session.  They are worked chronologically and go back over 20 years.  

Whenever I have a solo exhibition of my work I like to have a few on display for visitors to look at - partly to show how my paintings and mixed media work evolves, but also to encourage people to have a go at creating an exciting, bulging sketchbook for themselves.

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Where Has The Time Gone?!...

My goodness me, I hadn't realised it'd been so long since I posted something!

It's been a busy couple of months teaching lots of lovely workshops in my garden studio, but I've also been working hard producing new work for Back Road Artworks and also the St Ives Society of Artists where paintings have been selling..

I'll have a look in my photos and post a picture of a new work that has sold... it's been a busy time and I've loved every minute of it

And this is a painting, 'Dark Blue Grid', that I've had for a little while that I really loved, but has now gone to a new home.

I promise it won't be so long until I post again....

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Work In Progress

I've finally had some quality time down in my lovely new studio, finishing off work that has been sitting on the side 'waiting for that final touch' and starting new pieces.  Quite often when I'm teaching a Mixed Media Abstract day school at home, the sample that I work on with my students turns out to be a piece that can go on to be a final painting, good enough for framing.

This is one I produced on a workshop with the lovely Nicola Fisher this week.  I was demonstrating using textured papers to form an interesting ground and then working into it with various mixed media.  I quite liked it, but felt I wanted to lighten the whole painting.

And this is how it is at the moment. 
I shall sit with it a little while and decide whether to alter it further.  I quite like the calmness of it and the very muted palette... we shall see!

Saturday, 3 June 2017


It's been a busy month with lots of folk coming to spend the day doing various workshops - from Making Artists Books, to Concertina Books and Mixed Media Painting.  It's such a joy teaching in my new workshop which is warm and sunny and stuffed to the brim with all my artwork and collections of 'things'!  

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

And Tomorrow's June!!

My goodness me how time flies!  At the beginning of the year I promised myself I'd write my blog more regularly - particularly as not everyone is on Facebook and able to follow my new work and ideas on that forum.  Well here we are and in a couple of hours time it's going to be June for goodness sake!  Where does the time go?  Is it because it's been so busy with things going on on many levels the last few months?... or is it because I'm getting older and time just seems to evaporate?

Anyway, a photograph... 
I've decided to post a photo of a painting that is currently on show in the Members' Exhibition at the St Ives Society of Artists.  It's only just come back to my studio again, having been painted a few years ago.  

I started this large and highly textured canvas painting some years ago on a workshop led by the inimitable Anthony Frost.  It was originally painted with brightly coloured reds, florescent pinks and yellows.  It looked gorgeous, but just wasn't 'me'.  So I later over painted it with white and very pale blue grey acrylics, but the underlying colours still peaked through in places and I just loved the new version.  

It's been hanging in my kitchen in our large house on The Terrace since then - but we sold the house this month and so I'm delighted to be able to take it back again and show it in public.

It's title? 
(very aptly) "Red Frost Now White"

Monday, 20 March 2017

Wymers & Co

My sister Lyn Wymer has recently opened a new shop in Witney which is just a wonderful place to visit.  It's hard to describe really, but Lyn is passionate about all things wool and fleece and she is an expert spinner.  So this is a dream come true for her - to have a wonderful space (designed by talented son James) that is devoted to fleece and wool, where she can work; teach workshops; sell specialist yarns; and pass on her wonderful knowledge.  It really is a feast for the eye and has attracted enormous interest already for passersby.

I will post more photos when I'm visiting again myself next month.  But in the meantime, Lyn is displaying a few of my paintings in the shop and this is a new one I did specially.... can you spot the bit of fleece that's in there?

Wymers & Co
14A West End, Witney, Oxfordshire
01993 402468

Sunday, 26 February 2017

My 2017 Workshops

Fresh from the printers... my new leaflet giving details of the workshops I will be offering this year.   Some of them are new and I'm also offering a couple of half days too.
I'm really looking forward to some creative and sharing teaching sessions in my beautiful new studio at the bottom of the garden.  Photos of this will follow shortly!