Monday, 26 November 2007

DOLFOR - acrylic on canvas

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Recently I was asked to join (on a temporary basis) the choir of the Dolfor Young Farmers. This was their first time as a choir ... making remarkable progress over just a few practices.
The choir was taking part in its first Eisteddfod. I had no idea what I was going to meet on the day of the concert. First of all - it started at 8.00am in the morning and secondly we didn't get on till ten to eleven at night. Last year they finished judging the competitions at 2.30am the next morning. Whoa - what an amazing event! ... and this was not the final but only the starting round.
Dolfor (DollVorr in Saesneg) is probably 900 feet above sea level and will therefore catch any snow and frost long before Newtown in its sheltered valley. It would have been very close to the Drover route that crosses the Ceri Ridgeway, all of which is 1000 feet above sea level.

Tuesday, 20 November 2007

BEDDGELERT - acrylic on canvas - SOLD

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Beddgelert (B-airth-gel-ert) is a wonderful Welsh town, popular with the Victorians. Perhaps its biggest call to fame is the wonderful story of the dog who ..... well I won't tell you. Find out for yourself and weep! There are plenty of websites for you to enjoy.
Sadly the story is a complete invention ... but enjoy it while you can. Most of all - visit the area and be amazed!

Saturday, 10 November 2007

ABEREIDDY - acrylic on canvas - SOLD

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These are probably the most painted cottages in West Wales. Once you are made aware of them you see them in many guises, book covers and jackets, calendars, paintings realistic and abstracted.

Friday, 9 November 2007

MY PALETTE - a feast of colour

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One thing that gives me great pleasure is the paint left over on the palette after the completion of a painting. Sometimes it seems better than the work itself! In fact it is, I suppose a record of possibilities. Each blend, each combination becomes a choice. Each choice, a decision to use a colour or not to use a colour at a precise moment in time. But in between these deliberate choices are the unexpected colours, the suprises, the unknown colours, the miracles and joys.
Even if you don't paint - get yourself a palette or some torn up magazines, a collection of autumn leaves and enjoy the feast that is COLOUR.

Thursday, 8 November 2007

ABERAERON - cropped

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ABERAERON - acrylic on canvas - SOLD

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The town has a long history as a fishing port with many local people supplementing their meagre living from the land by fishing for herring during the season
In 1805 plans were laid to construct the harbour at the mouth of the Aeron River. This resulted in the town being greatly expanded with many fine houses being built. The great classic architect John Nash who built the near by Llanerchaeron mansion was reputedly involved in the planning of the new town.
Shipbuilding also flourished with over 60 sailing vessels being built including 35 schooners “the greyhound of the ocean” Aberaeron became a thriving and prosperous town.

Friday, 2 November 2007


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A MEDIEVAL church in Wales that was dismantled and then rebuilt 50 miles away to avoid the threat of flooding and subsidence, was reopened by the Archbishop of Canterbury at St Fagan's after nine years of work.
St Teilo’s, which served Llandeilo Tal-y-bont, in West Wales, has been reconstructed to look as it might have done in its medieval form.
The original St Teilo’s was built 800 years ago. It ceased to be a parish church in 1852, when a new church, also named St Teilo’s, was built in nearby Pontarddulais. The old church fell into disrepair, and in 1998 it was offered to St Fagans National History Museum, which has a 100-acre open-air site.
Masons and carpenters from St Fagans, who were re-erecting the church, discovered a set of rare wall-paintings dating from the 1520s. A statement from the museum said that all surviving original materials had been used, to make the church look as authentic as possible.


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