Saturday, 26 January 2008


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This plant is soon to flower after being brought back from near extinction. A bit of love, food, light and general looking after has restored it to its full glory.
The actual plant is just green and yet so reflective because of its deep shiny leaves that it picks up colour from everywhere .... so I helped it along!

Friday, 18 January 2008

BEAUTIFUL GREYS - acrylic on canvas

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Two new paintings - both painted with the same limited palette.
The first : Llanarth ... where Siân was born.
The Second : Pen-Y-Fan
These were experiments using a restricted palette. The main idea was to use what artists called 'grey-ed colours' ... these tend to be colours that have their brilliance removed my mixing-in a colour usually from across the other side of the colour wheel. So ORANGE would be GREY-ED with BLUE.
One of the reasons I have always enjoyed Wales in the wet is because the whole place bursts into a new world of subtle colours. The slate roofs and stone walls explode into a wonderful new range of blues, purples and browns ... all having been grey-ed.
Grey-ed colours are not dull or muddy ... they easily make friends with other colours. But their special trick is to set other colours alight by standing next to them.

Monday, 14 January 2008


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Tuesday, 8 January 2008

RUNNING HOT & COLD - paintings in acrylic

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1. Farm Above Newtown (Y Drenewydd)
2. Snowdonia in Winter

A New Year - a new canvas - but the same paints capable of so many things.
Isn't it amazing that within a few hours the same brushes can transform a stretch of 'horrible, scary' canvas into two, so different landscapes. Both are from real situations, one just a short walk from home, here in Wales, the other a few cold hours drive into the depths of Snowdonia.
The cold Snowdonia painting was painted solely with a brush 1 1/2" wide yet giving me very sensitive strokes & subtle blends.


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