Saturday, 28 February 2009


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Such a lot to learn in a space just 9cm x 13cm. It is as if everything takes on a new intensity. Each stroke becomes more powerful. This is a great way to start again and learn to paint. Everything, brushstrokes, colour, form, composition is a super learning curve. What a wonderful teacher is the small canvas. Everyone should try it. A painting a day is a smart way to exercise.
There are some great teacher to meet on the way.

Monday, 23 February 2009

POPPIT SANDS - Pembrokeshire - Wales

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Poppit Sands Beach
Poppit is undoubtedly one of the most popular beaches in the area. Set on the estuary of the River Teifi. It is a glorious stretch of sand backed by dunes. Despite its popularity Poppit never seems crowded. There is a partial dog ban to one side of the beach. The café is always busy and even in the cold dark days of can often find it open. There is also an interesting little RNLI shop next to the main Life Boat station.
Unpredictable tides and currents make Poppits’ seemingly simple stretch of coast quite dangerous at times. Fortunately there are excellent Life Guard facilities, warning flags fly and advice can be saught if needed. Poppit boasts a Blue Flag award.

Friday, 13 February 2009

Ynys Mon - Anglesey - North Wales

Posted by Picasa This small cottage is situated along the estuary road which looks back across the beautiful panorama of Snowdon/Snowdonia. A short distance from here is the now famous Halen Mon - specialist salt manufacturer. The cottage is very typical of the type found all over the island.
Ynys Món lies claim to many special features, perhaps the most well known is the name of one of its railway stations ---
Anglesey has a greater concentration of prehistoric remains than anywhere else in Wales and the shortest 'A' road in Wales and is great place to go on holiday.

Friday, 6 February 2009

SNOWMEN (an endangered species) in OXFORD.

I had to include this as my favourite snow images of the week. It is especially clever making reference to Darwin at a time when our TV programmes celebrate his work.
For those of you reading this from out of the UK this may not seem like a lot of snow but we have been excited because many children under the age of 10 have not seen a good snowfall during their lifetime.

CHESTER - 4" x 6" oil

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This is painted from a sketch done in September 2003 before moving to Wales. Chester is a very interesting place. It was the starting place of the famous writer 'George Borrow'. He wrote a wonderfully evocative book, now world famous, called 'Wild Wales'.
"I sat silent and melancholy, till looking from the window I caught sight of a long line of hills, which I guessed to be the Welsh hills...which sight causing me to remember that I was bound for Wales, the land of the bard, made me cast all gloomy thoughts aside and glow with all the Welsh enthusiasm with which I glowed when I first started in the direction of Wales."
-- Wild Wales
George Borrow

About Chester (I have chosen carefully for he is not always so kind!) George Borrow writes:
On the morning after our arrival we went out together, and walked up and down several streets; my wife and daughter, however, soon leaving me to go into a shop, I strolled about by myself. Chester is an ancient town with walls and gates, a prison called a castle, built on the site of an ancient keep, an unpretending-looking red sandstone cathedral, two or three handsome churches, several good streets, and certain curious places called rows. The Chester row is a broad arched stone gallery running parallel with the street within the facades of the houses; it is partly open on the side of the street, and just one story above it. Within the rows, of which there are three or four, are shops, every shop being on that side which is farthest from the street. All the best shops in Chester are to be found in the rows. These rows, to which you ascend by stairs up narrow passages, were originally built for the security of the wares of the principal merchants against the Welsh. Should the mountaineers break into the town, as they frequently did, they might rifle some of the common shops, where their booty would be slight, but those which contained the more costly articles would be beyond their reach; for at the first alarm the doors of the passages, up which the stairs led, would be closed, and all access to the upper streets cut off, from the open arches of which missiles of all kinds, kept ready for such occasions, could be discharged upon the intruders, who would be soon glad to beat a retreat. These rows and the walls are certainly the most remarkable memorials of old times which Chester has to boast of."


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