Friday, 31 July 2009

LLANLLWCHAIARN CHURCH - oil on board - 6"x8"


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In September many 'Church in Wales' churches will be having a OPEN CHURCHES DAY, the Parish church of Llanllwchaiairn will be one of these, along with ALL SAINTS - NEWTOWN.
The church above has above its door a date of around 1881(?) but there has been a church or settlement on this site [LLAN - Welsh for religious settlement] for hundreds of years before this date. Well worth a visit, especially because of its wonderful stained glass windows, by Morris, O'Connor & Gibbs.
There is are indications of worship taking place on this site back to Celtic times.

Friday, 24 July 2009

MACHYNLLETH - oil on canvas - 6"x8"


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Machynlleth is an interesting mix of buildings dating right back to Owain Glyndwr and the first Welsh Parliament. It also has a town clock right in the middle of the road!

Thursday, 23 July 2009

MACHYNLLETH - near Museum of Modern Art - oil on board - 6"x8"

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This beautiful side street is near MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) in Machynlleth, POWYS. At this point on the map we are approaching one of the wettest parts of Wales. But when the sun shines it is glorious.
I have had to straighten some of the windows to make it look right.
Come on market day, lots to see, places to visit, but always keep an umbrella at hand.

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

EARLY MORNING - DRENEWYDD - oil on canvas - 6"x8"

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There is something almost magical about market towns very early in the day. Perhaps it's the light or the sound, or maybe the 'new day' fresh air. Everywhere feels and smells so clear and clean. It's not like a deserted place but a town just on the verge of bursting into life. What a treat!

Saturday, 18 July 2009

DAWN LOWER CANAL ROAD - NEWTOWN - oil on canvas - 6"x8"

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The idea came from an early morning walk one foggy day in late autumn. There was a beautiful glow around sunrise which I was able to capture with my camera.
More and more I am beginning to see that every little corner has the potential for a painting if you keep looking, keep aware. It's very exciting.

Friday, 17 July 2009

BRYN GARDENS - Y DRENEWYDD - oil on canvas - 6"x8"

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A local area with what still looks like an un-adopted road. What a great place to live with wonderful views over Drenewydd. The one draw back is the very steep walk uphill ...then again that equals EXERCISE for free!
There are so many overhead telephone lines that I have had to remove them from the painting for the sake of composition (such power!).

Thursday, 16 July 2009

COMMERCIAL STREET - CRESCENT CHRISTIAN CENTRE - oil on canvas - 6"x8"

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I love working quickly on paintings - straight off, rarely coming back to correct. There is a freshness in this approach that I enjoy.
The Crescent Church seen at the end of Commercial Street is due to reopen after lots of major reconstruction and redecoration. We look forward to the reopening in the autumn of 2009.

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

FARM - LLANFAIR ROAD - oil on canvas - 6"X8"


Posted by PicasaThis beautiful farm has obviously developed over the years and is now being updated yet again. It is for me 'the start of the countryside' and only 1 minute from my doorstep.

LLANFAIR ROAD - NEWTOWN - oil on canvas 10"X12"

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These old buildings sit within the conservation area of Newtown, placed at one time on a very narrow road that has now become a fast road, much loved by bikers at night. VROOM, VROOM!

A PROUD PEOPLE - a hard past - a National Anthem

Posted by PicasaMae Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau
Mae hen wlad fy nhadau yn annwyl i mi,
Gwlad beirdd a chantorion, enwogion o fri;
Ei gwrol ryfelwyr, gwladgarwyr tra mâd,
Tros ryddid gollasant eu gwaed.

Cytgan

Gwlad, Gwlad, pleidiol wyf i'm gwlad.
Tra môr yn fur i'r bur hoff bau,
O bydded i'r hen iaith barhau.

Hen Gymru fynyddig, paradwys y bardd,
Pob dyffryn, pob clogwyn i'm golwg sydd hardd;
Trwy deimlad gwladgarol, mor swynol yw si
Ei nentydd, afonydd i mi.

Os treisiodd y gelyn fy ngwald tan ei droed,
Mae hen iaith y Cymry mor fyw ac erioed,
Ni luddiwyd yr awen gan erchyll law brad,
Na thelyn berseiniol fy ngwlad.

English version:
The Land Of My Fathers

The land of my fathers, the land of my choice,
The land in which poets and minstrels rejoice;
The land whose stern warriors were true to the core,
While bleeding for freedom of yore.

Chorus
Wales! Wales! fav'rite land of Wales!
While sea her wall, may naught befall
To mar the old language of Wales.

Old mountainous Cambria, the Eden of bards,
Each hill and each valley, excite my regards;
To the ears of her patriots how charming still seems
The music that flows in her streams.

My country tho' crushed by a hostile array,
The language of Cambria lives out to this day;
The muse has eluded the traitors' foul knives,
The harp of my country survives

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

WHINBERRIES - Bilberry - Whortleberry - Blaeberry - Blueberry ...Whatever! -YUM YUM!

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I shouldn't really be telling you this - but - THE WHINBERRIES ARE READY!!
Hidden away often on the OTHER side of the bush these delicious fruits are ready for eating. You can't hide the fact that you have found them because your hands will be deeply stained for many hours after.
What names do you know them by -- they have many local names?

Monday, 13 July 2009

PANORAMA - NANT ARIAN - WILD WALES

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Make sure you double click and take a good look.

NANT ARIAN - George Borrows 'WILD WALES'



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We had a crazy few days away, here, there and everywhere. First to a wonderful little Herefordshire village - Leintwardine, then after a night's sleep on to Birmingham for a friends 60's, then back through driving rain to Drenewydd (Newtown).
Sunday we went to church in St Michaels, Aberystwyth. It was a really good time.
After spending the day in Aber and eating at the newly opened, newly modernised National Milk Bar, a kind of national treasure, just as likely to be filled with truckers as smart holiday makers, (excellent!) we decided to go to a place we have always passed by on the way to other venues, promising always to go and have a look. We had no idea what we had been missing.
The Nant Arian forest centre (Arian is Silver in Welsh ...and there are Silver Lead mines all around the area) is one of the places to see the Red Kites (a bird brought back from near extinction here in Wales) being fed in their hundreds, along with buzzards. But for me, it was the amazing views from Arian that will call me back again.
George Borrows, the travel writer speaks of the area of Wild Wales as being not very sociable ...because there are no people ...but a few scattered shepherds.

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

BEECHWOOD DRIVE / BRYNGLAS AVENUE 10"X12" oil on canvas



Posted by PicasaTaking a lead from two Pochade painters (http://www.pochade.co.uk/) in Malvern & Bristol I have started including in my range of subjects local roads and buildings. I am seeing the beauty of such scenes. This initially seemed strange until I realised on my 'Welsh Landscapes' course that this what has happened over the centuries, artists have been painting the local houses that we now think of as been old, which at the time would have been 'the everyday'.

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

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I just want to say a big THANK YOU to my faithful followers who diligently open up my blog each day to see what has been happening in this tiny neck of the woods. To those who are looking for my latest struggle with paint, be strong, it won't be long before the brush starts rolling again. This little patch of Summer is filled with many things and demands.
A special thanks to those across the ocean who keep in touch ... I do keep a look out to see who is new.
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Monday, 6 July 2009

IT MAY JUST RAIN!



Posted by PicasaPerhaps the weather will change soon - one plein air painter yesterday painted a very sticky oil & water painting. But the painting turned out FINE ...boom boom!!!
Still as the old photo shows it could be worse.
The town used to flood fairly often so they built a large resevoir some fifteen miles away to control the flow of water through Newtown and built large retaining walls as a defence.

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

I'M NOT SAYING IT'S HOT BUT........

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Now - what temperature does metal melt at?
A good bike for going around sharp bends!

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