Tuesday, 18 August 2009

CRESENT GARDENS - DRENEWYDD - oil on canvas - 8"x10"

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Every time I begin to paint I reach, quite early on, a point where I would really love to STOP, leaving the painting unfinished. There is something about the structure at that stage, very often rough, blurred and very tonal. But there is always the feeling that more is needed. How often are artists asked 'HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU?'.
It is at this point the struggle begins, for, up until then it has often flowed at a rate of knots, sometimes only minutes. But you can't have a painting that only took 5 minutes to paint - CAN YOU?

Saturday, 15 August 2009


Posted by PicasaThis is the local monastery, of which we are trustees, a short drive from where we live. It was featured on a local radio road show a few years ago and brought to light a few misconceptions about monasteries. The interview can still be hears on this link ... http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediaselector/check/wales/mid/media/newtown_fatherbryan?size=au&nbram=1&bgc=C0C0C0
The building shown on the first and final photos are of the main house which is thought to possibly be an old 'long house' typical of this area of Montgomeryshire. It is believed that the family would have been squeezed in at the left had side (the windy end) and the cows & other animals at the sheltered end.
The following is a quote from the monastery webpage:
The Monastery is not to be confused with the vast castle-like structures full of monks, surrounded by imposing walls. Here is a very friendly, open resource for those who seek a retreat from the noise and bustle of life. With prior booking it is possible for adults to stay for a day, night, week or more. The accommodation is not luxury but is more than adequate and includes a kitchen for self catering or just making a cup of tea. But there is no need to stay, why not pop in and recharge those tired batteries and perhaps include a service as well. St B's is fully ecumenical in its appeal and function.Finding this place of quiet, set in beautiful Mid-Wales is like finding a secret. So many peoples lives have been transformed through just being able 'to be' for a short time.
St Barnabas is part of the Worldwide 'Quiet Gardens' scheme.
Dorothy, Bryan's husband is an accomplished artist working in oils, pastels & watercolours.

ONE - just one

We had one clear night and I saw ONE shooting star ---- that is enough to make me look again.

Wednesday, 12 August 2009


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With our street lights still turned off in many parts of Wales a special chance to see the annual Perseus Shower of meteorites in the Northern sky. For a change the sky promises to be clear after the rain of the day. ENJOY.
PS - for the second year running it wasn't clear (even though it was without clouds). We shall try again tonight.

Tuesday, 11 August 2009


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One season comes to fruition as another approaches.


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We are enjoying a day of splendid sunshine - BUT THEN - the signs!
All Change!

Sunday, 9 August 2009


Posted by Picasa'Through all the changing scenes of life, in trouble and in joy ....'
This is the first line of a wonderful old hymn. It reminds me of this scene taken today from an upstairs window. Every time I pass, things have changed, things are different.
Someone wrote last week saying that my paintings had a strong feeling of atmosphere. Here in Wales, that is very much the case. Every moment is charged with change. A few moments before taking this photo, there was no photograph to take for there was no scene ...just whiteness.

Saturday, 8 August 2009

A LOOK AT THE TOWN - Dre(Town)Newydd(New)

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For a change I thought I would put a few photos of Drenewydd on screen. It is a great little place. A place to shop, to talk & catch up with people during the week. We have CHARLIES, the shop that has everything, charity shops ...lots of charity shops ...the best, a history that goes back to bronze age settlements, Celtic evidence, a town layout from 1270, a cinema with 44 seats + a huge 2nd cinema of 120 seats(!), a top class art gallery, the River Severn before it becomes a mighty river AND HILLS all around. What more could your ask.

Saturday, 1 August 2009

CRICCIETH - NORTH WALES - oil on board - 6"x8"

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The beautiful town of Criccieth sits on the North Wales coastline.
One day in February in 2008, when Drenewydd was covered in the most stunning icing sugar (heavy frost) we jumped on the train and went as far as we could in the opposite direction to our normal direction of travel. When we arrived at the coast, the temperature was so different. I remember having to rub my trousers because my legs were burning.
We arrived home with a nice tan, to an icy Drenewydd.


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