Table Talk



Painting by Alice Mumford
The Rocking Chair By The Sea
1 mtr x 1 mtr, oil on canvas
The Toy boat and Pink Glass
61 x 51 cm, oil on canvas
Painting by Alice Mumford
The Orange Cloth ,Open Book and Yellow Apples
61 x 76 cm, oil on canvas

Painting by Alice Mumford
Dazzling Day, Portscatho
76 x 101 cm, oil on canvas
Table Talk
61 x 76 cm, oil on canvas
Painting by Alice Mumford
Upstairs mirror and Three Jugs
61 x 76 cm, oil on canvas

Painting by Alice Mumford
May Blossom and Green glass
15 x 20 cm, oil on board
Clementines and Lemons
35 x 25 cm, oil on canvas
Painting by Alice Mumford
Saucer and Teacup
15 x 20 cm, oil on board

Painting by Alice Mumford
First Roses and a Red and White Checked Cloth
51x 41 cm, oil on canvas
The Indigo Checked Cloth ,Portscatho
61 x 51 cm, oil on canvas
Painting by Alice Mumford
Oranges in the Studio
35 x 25 cm, oil on canvas

Painting by Alice Mumford
Two Tables of flowers, St Ives Studio
61 x 42 cm, oil on board
St Ives School of Painting Window
30 x 20 cm, oil on board
Painting by Alice Mumford
Bright Orange Cloth in St Ives School of Painting Window
30 x 20 cm, oil on board

Painting by Alice Mumford
Boat leaving Newlyn Harbour
35 x 25 cm, oil on canvas
The Red Cloth,with a bit of Fushsia
20 x 30 cm, oil on board
Painting by Alice Mumford
The Emerald Vase
15 x 20 cm, oil on board

Painting by Alice Mumford
The Blue Chair and Camellias
35 x 25 cm, oil on canvas
Pink Shadows
82 x 61 cm, oil on board






Table Talk

We moved a great deal when we were growing up because of my father’s work, Libya, Colombia, Norway, Kuwait, Buckinghamshire.

There were two constants; coming back to family in Cornwall, and my mother’s ability to make anywhere into a home.

This often centred round the kitchen table, which was made into a daily still life. There were deep red and yellow rectangular Provençale place mats, with black napkins and pink plates, or a few quinces on an oval plate and the table with a pale blue damask cloth. In fact, still lives were made on any table – kitchen, coffee or side table, with flowers, Arabic coffee pots and glasses and coloured candles and cloths, in other words, a visual feast.

Whilst studying at Camberwell Art School, we were instructed to explore form in light in space, but I did not particularly choose still life. It was only after I had left home and had married that I was drawn to this motif. Maybe I was drawn back to it because it had been a joyful, still centre at the heart of a changing world.

The other role of the table was as a surface for my mother to do her watercolours.  Painting was as usual an activity as any to her, and I remember watching her tip the paper up to make the paint move in the chosen direction.

There was a synergy between making a home, making something paintable and working at the table that seemed so natural it was infectious.