Saturday, 31 October 2009


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It's always worth keeping your eyes open for special treats.


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I cannot imagine living in a country that has no seasons. The daily change of sky, colour, temperature, texture of flower,bark & leaf, sounds underfoot, sounds in the air, even the smell of the air, bird song, wind song .... THANK GOD for SEASONS!
No wonder the English poets went crazy over autumn /winter/ spring and summer.

Friday, 30 October 2009


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AUTUMN is almost here

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If it were not for the fact that I have been wearing less clothes than in the Summer, and that I have just seen a butterfly, and spring flowers are in bloom .... I might think it was AUTUMN.
This morning I went for a walk to watch the salmon jumping upstream after their long journey from Canada ... but they haven't arrived ... it's getting very confusing.
Give it a few days and no doubt a sudden change will occur ... it is now officially FROST time in this part of Wales.
So, its a case of enjoying each day, each new change, each new colour.

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Saint Teilo's Church - Folk Museum of Wales

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The National Folk Museum of St Fagan's - outside Cardiff is a truly wonderful place, mapping the history of Welsh habitations from stone age to present day. The museum continues to grow as old buildings become available. Perhaps the most important addition to the site over the last years has been the church of St Teilo.
The first reference to a building on the mouth of the Llwchwr estuary is found around 1100. A small, stone church is described – much smaller than the church that would be moved, stone by stone, to St Fagans from that very site, almost nine hundred years later.
A carved stone found inside the church walls has been dated by experts to be between from 600-800 C.E., suggesting that Christian worship had been taking place there for a very long time.
Over the years, as the population grew in the area – which meant more worshippers - and funds – the church was rebuilt, and extended, and the interior redecorated.

St David's - Pembrokeshire

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Wales has many beautiful churches. St David's is one of Wales earliest churches, once hidden in a hollow, later height given through various layers of tower until the present day. This building is now the Cathedral in one of Wales smallest cities.

Monday, 26 October 2009


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Just 4 miles down river from here is the small town of Llangollen. This small place is known world wide for its International Festival, held each year, with musicians and dancers coming from Finland, India, America ... in fact every country of the world. I believe that competitors are taken into people homes during the event as there are not many hotels to cope with the very large number of visitors and competitors. Because of the friendships built up, people return year after year.

Sunday, 25 October 2009

FRON - Llangollen

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In Welsh FRON is near enough to VVrrrOn.

We are standing on the world famous aqueduct to take these shots, Thomas Telford's great achievement. It also boasts a very famous male voice choir.

MALVERN HILLS - 6x8" - oil on card

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The beautiful Malvern Hills - a joy at any time of year. Again this used to be my closest view into Wales before moving home. I have seen it in all its glory, winter, spring, summer and glorious autumn.

Saturday, 24 October 2009


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This is on old photo from a place where I was able to look towards Wales. The hills and mountains right on the horizon are about 2 hours away. The Welsh tourist board had a great slogan 'Two hours away but a world apart' ... or something similar.

WASSILY HILLS, BIRMINGHAM 6x8" oil on canvas

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This was a very fast painting to keep my hand in. It looked like an easy painting to start with, but turned out to be very hard. I have not refined it but left it in its freshest form.
I am beginning to realise that each surface has its own challenge, be it board, card, canvas or whatever. Add to that the way individual brushes move, work and have their being and you have a fight on your hands!!

Friday, 23 October 2009


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We have been quite busy over the last few weeks. Getting near a brush has not been easy, and some of the days have been dark. So, to keep my hand in I decided to reach deep into my photos from 2003 and have a little play with a great piece of photo freeware LIGHT BOX PLUS IMAGE EDITOR. It is so good I went for the professional version after trying it out for a month.
As a painter I do not see a separation between photography and the canvas, both are able to feed the other.
The three shots here have been painted for centuries by artists of all 'schools'. Staines and Robin Hood Bay in Yorkshire (England) are very atmospheric places. Some artists have painted practically nothing but the one bay.

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

SUNSET - Selly Park - Autumn

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I thought on this very wet and windy day in Wales I would drag out an old photo (from an old camera) of a late evening scene in Birmingham (England). Please forgive the lack of sharpness.

Monday, 12 October 2009

near BRECON - SOUTH WALES ...oil on canvas 6"x8"

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Some people are very afraid of using cameras as a painting tool.
This painting would not have been possible without a DSLR camera. I was able to take the shot in the gap between some very fast farmers trucks close to the edge of the road. Also it enabled me to use just a second or two before we drove on to Cardiff. The weather & lighting were making dramatic changes from second to second - captured on disc.
I suppose the way you take the photo depends on the way you work. I personally take time to compose the shot before taking it rather than just catch a broad view so that it stands on its own.
Picasa 3 (a free photo editor from Google) made, somehow some very good suggestions for 'cropped' images ... I have included them here.

Thursday, 8 October 2009


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I'm battling with a new painting at present so rather than leave a non-changing blog I have decided to add some photos I have been working on. (Brecon Beacons - Nant Yr Arain - Aberystwyth).

Saturday, 3 October 2009


It's just one of those sharing moments, when you want others to see.


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