Thursday, 31 December 2009

THANK YOU - HAPPY NEW YEAR - 2010

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Many thanks to all you out there who have sent me messages over this year. Thanks to my fan here in Y Drenewydd, to those from the UK, the USA, Canada and many other places - THANK YOU. Your comments have been a great encouragement to me. (Sue Jenkins, you got in just before 2010 rang its bell, but as yet I can't get it to register on the blog).
For all my followers and readers I hope you will continue to comment more than ONCE IN A BLUE MOON .... OK, so I had to paint it blue ... well you have to make a bit of an effort don't you. HAPPY NEW YEAR.

THE SNOW CAME & WENT


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Well it did come, but then it had gone.
We were promised and warned of a heavy fall of snow and because of where we are we had expected the snow to fall for a long time. I scanned the weather maps and it got closer and closer but a small shower and it was gone!
Tonight we shall be looking into the sky to see the BLUE MOON ....please, please, please can we see it. We missed all of the recent meteor display because of cloud.
You may see the "blue moon," but you won't see the moon awash in the color blue.
The term "blue moon" generally refers to the second full moon in a month and occurs just once every 2.7 years. The last blue moon to shine on New Years Eve was 19 years ago, in 1990.

Tuesday, 29 December 2009

PLYGAIN CAROL SINGING in WALES


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The link below is to a BBC radio broadcast about the ancient Welsh Tradition of PLYGAIN singing (PLUG-EYE-NN)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00pdkw1 (you may have to copy & paste)
It will only work on the 29 Dec 2009.
By the time you read this the above link may already have become unusable because of multiple programme makers each having a share of the programme.
This programme went out on radio before we were able to know about it - but we just mangaged to catch it before it disappeared for this year.

Thursday, 24 December 2009

HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE from DRENEWYDD MID-WALES


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John 1
Prologue: Christ, the Eternal Word In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.
God sent a man, John the Baptist, to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony. John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light. The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.
He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.
So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.
NADOLIG LLAWEN A BLWYDDYN NEWYDD DDA

Monday, 21 December 2009

LOOKING CLOSELY - plus a bit of help!




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Sometimes the ordinary can become very extraordinary. Just looking closely into a reflection, the back of a chair, up in the air, down at the ground, or simply trimming a scene, can create a new view of the world. This is not a new idea for Leonardo De Vinci found amazing inspiration in looking at wet plaster as it dried, creating scenes and ideas. Each Sunday I look at a particular step in church. As the light reaches a certain angle a wonderful beach scene appears. Sometimes there are buildings, farms, sometimes beaches, coves, sand and sea.
Of course, a little help from a photo editor can help push the idea forward to new heights.

Saturday, 19 December 2009

BIRTHDAY BOY




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For my birthday this year we went to Pembrokeshire to visit Charis & Owen in their home as part of our Christmas family get together. The weather turned very cold indeed and with it the dry air off Russia gave an amazing clarity.

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

WINTER IS COLOURFUL




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Just to keep my blog up and running ...for there is nothing quite so dull as a non-changing blog/website that sits like 'cold gravy on a plate, never moving'.
These three paintings from just a few years ago show how colourful snow can be, needs to be, or, in fact is. To the non painter snow can seem like 'a blob of grey stuff', but look again.
The final painting shows that magical time for me when the little village is still lit, it has rained and the cars make a special sound, very slightly 'slushy'. Against the Christmas white of the tiny shops, the old yellowing lamps spill warmth into the streets.
If you ever get the chance to read Dylan Thomas' 'A Childs' Christmas in Wales' then you will understand more fully the magic of snow. http://www.bfsmedia.com/MAS/Dylan/Christmas.html

Thursday, 10 December 2009

WINTER IS PROMISED!

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At last the wind has changed. For so long now the wind has brought warm rain from the south, frm off the warm African seas. Now at last it is coming off Russia, as the east plunges into a late winter. I love the cold, clear days and frosty nights. Perhaps we may even be able to see the meteor shower when it comes. So far this year every astronomical event has been clouded out.
The painting above is off Snowdonia, the highest range of mountains in Wales. It was painted very quickly using acrylic on canvas in very broad strokes using rags, tissues, large brushes and a lot of speed.

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

YOUNG FARMERS

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Recently I again became a YOUNG FARMER, just for a few weeks. Each year competitions are held throughout Wales, starting from local level and progressing up to National level for singers, dancers, musicians etc. I joined for a time to the Dolfor Young Farmers (being neither young nor a farmer). Each choir is allowed to bring in a few outsiders to bring balance the range of voices. Being a bass and able to sight read to some degree I found myself here in Dolfor going from church to chapel (basically that means dark & freezing cold buildings) practicing 'You Raise Me Up'. We worked very hard, bringing together a group of people who, the rest of the year do very little, if no singing. The final sound was very good indeed. I can't wait to be a farmer again.

Monday, 7 December 2009

PLYGAIN - LLANFYLLIN TABERNACLE

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Last night we were able to go to our second PLYGAIN (sounds like plug-eye-n) in the Mid-Wales town of Llanfyllin. We went along with an independent research broadcaster, providing material for a BBC series tracing the Christmas Traditions in various parts of the United Kingdom, seeking to show how local areas are trying to keep alive some of their wonderful heritage, traditions going back as far as Medieval times, and maybe further still.
The PLYGAIN might seem to be a little like a carol concert, but is really a time of Thanksgiving and Praise to God for making Himself known to us through Jesus. It is not the same as the Eisteddfod with its strong competition and hard judging. Plygain singing is a sharing of carols held within families for hundreds of years. There is lot more that could be said, but not here. If you ever get the chance to go to one - then be brave, and go. Be prepared for a very long evening!

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

BLINK and you miss it!

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'What's the first thing you do in the morning?' the teacher asks her 5yr old pupils. The answer is usually something like '(giggle-giggle) Go to the toilet miss and do a poo!!!'.
That's no good, for you may have missed one of God's great treats by then. No, the first thing you should do is to reach for your camera and look out of the window, otherwise you will never know what you have missed. This is why my blog is subtitled 'an artist looks out of the window on a small mid-Wales town'.
This is our first real frost, very late but none the less real.

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