Tuesday, 29 May 2007

SUNFLOWERS

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Tomorrow I have to take down my present exhibition from Newtown Library. But, that does not mean that I have been resting. Already I am looking forward to finding a new place to display my finished work. Both Sian and myself have had a nasty cold virus. I thought I had escaped, then within 3 hours it hit me like a steam train. Has that stopped me painting - No!
As a change from buildings and natural scenery I have decided to paint from imagination. These are the first few of a 'HAPPY' series, to lift the heart. They are just there to enjoy.

Tuesday, 22 May 2007

JUST FOR THE SHEER JOY OF IT! - Sold

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Sometimes it is just good to paint. You don't always have to know what the end result will be, where it will end up or what colours are best. Go for it - attack the great white canvas that is surprisingly scary!
We have become a people so goal oriented, target focused and five year planned that we just don't enjoy the moment. We are afraid to just launch out - not quite knowing where we are going.
The Celtic saints were known for leaving everything behind and stepping into frail boats and going out into the deep. sometimes they found an island sometimes they didn't find anywhere. Life was an adventure with God. Everything they did from bathing the baby to lighting and damping down the fire was done experimentally rather than with the certainty of 'the plan!'
Life for them was a moment by moment thing - a reaching out for the next moment. Sometimes I'm sure sure they had great joy but the other possibilities didn't stop them. To be inspired by these folk pick up almost any of David Adams books - good easy reads about tough adventures.

Tuesday, 15 May 2007

DOLGELLAU


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This came from a short lunch break in Dolgellau during a two day Welsh course. The back streets of this little town were very beautiful and just as dangerous as the main street. Traffic seemed to appear from everywhere. As I painted, with one brush stroke I saw the possibility of a different lighting. It had started out as a 'middle of the day' scene but slowly changed, using that wonderful mystical light at the end of a clear, quiet day. After some time I thought what it would be like to live here and take the dog through the back streets on the 'Last Walk of the Day' ... which gave it its title. I enjoyed the idea of light from the pub window falling softly on the back street. The pub again is my invention but seemed to fit in with the close community feel.

Tuesday, 1 May 2007

Newtown Exhibition

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Well, here we are again, another year has passed by and its time for my next exhibition.
This year most of my work has been centred in or around Newtown itself. As a move away from the past I have ventured into painting many more buildings. This has been a challenge as the perspective in little village towns can keep you oon your toes, but it has been great fun. It has meant working from photographs ...as to stand in the middle of the road would not be too good for my health. Now, thanks to last years exhibition, I have a good digital camera that has enabled me to manipulate the image until it becomes suitable as a starting point for painting. Tones, colours and most of all cropping have been most useful. Artists are sneakily using digital cameras without people knowing. In the past this has been an area of snobbery. In fact some of the impressionists were in effect using the tools of the day, not digital but plate cameras to aid them in their work. They too had the same problem with the establishment.

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