Friday, 31 December 2010

WINTER LANDSCAPE / WALES - acrylic on canvas - 40x40cm - £90 (+P&P)

Although an imaginary scene it is very typical of mid-Wales.
In fact the idea is triggered by a fleeting image from a bus ride to Brecon before Christmas.
Over Christmas I have been very aware of the colour of snow in the low light of Winter. There is a wonderful warm, almost orange glow with stunning blue shadows.
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Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Wednesday, 22 December 2010



Thanks for all your sharing - caring - questions and sales of paintings over this year. Have a great Christmas break and remember the Great Artist over this time who never ceases to amaze with each days fresh work.
See you soon - Gary.

Friday, 17 December 2010

The Nativity Story Told Using Social Media (Hilarious Video)

The Nativity Story Told Using Social Media (Hilarious Video)


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This was my birthday treat today - and lots more to come over the next few days. This is the second batch of extended snow in the last few weeks - very unusual for this time of year.

Wednesday, 15 December 2010


If you live in the Newtown area (Drenewydd - POWYS) then why not come along on Sunday morning, 19 Dec 2010 to TESCO's and sing along with the churches of All Saints & Llanllwchaiarn. Hope to see you there.

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

'BRYN GLAS' above Drenewydd - acrylic on canvas - £90 (+P&P)

What a diiference a season can make - this summer scene was a complete blanket of rhime and hoar frost this week, a photgraphers dream.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010


We live in a part of Wales that has a plentiful supply of game birds.

Today I prepared my first pheasant.
Apart from getting them ready for the table the greatest joy for me was to be able to get so close to these stunning creatures. I could have spent all day looking at the fantastic details and placement of the feathers, muscles, colours and pattern ... WHAOO is the only way to describe this event.
Pheasants can be a driving hazard where we live as they choose to walk down country roads as if they were in charge! They don't always seem the brightest of creatures.

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Friday, 3 December 2010

SUMMER FULLNESS 41x51cm - acrylic on canvas - £80 (+P&P)

Posted by PicasaOh what fun I've had looking out of my window at a very snowy Wales while painting in a blaze of glory.

Monday, 22 November 2010

TY COCH - Welsh Cottages near the Sea - acrylic on canvas - 41x51cm - £80(+P&P)

Final version - signed sealed and maybe delivered to your door one day.
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Friday, 19 November 2010


As promised here is my almost finished painting of WELSH HOUSES NEAR THE COAST. It is almost fininshed because the light has been very changeable this week. I took the photo of the Romanesc Broccoli in almost total darkness, using flash. This morning we woke up to soft sunshine filtered by orange fog haze.
My painting has been worked on during the week not knowing what it would look like the next day. i have just a few fiddle to do and then sign it.
I have particularly enjoyed painting sheep in a slightly different way.

WELSH HOUSES NEAR THE SEA - 41x51cm - acrylic on canvas - £80 +P&P

Friday, 12 November 2010


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This post box (letter box) is so typical of the more remote parts of England/Scotland and Wales etc. Quite often they are tucked away behind brambles, set into cottage walls, up telephone posts. They are a reminder of a time when you could post a letter almost anywhere within walking distance of you house. Alongside the postbox would often be found the telephone box. People would hear the phone ring and walk to someones house to tell them there was a call for them ... that's because it was rare to get a call and usually it meant BAD NEWS.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

THE GOLDEN FLEECE - acrylic on canvas - NFS

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A welcome return to an old theme. I really enjoy painting in this way, but cannot make it happen at will. I am already on to my next one in this vein. It is always such a joy to be able to paint like this because it expresses for me something of the amazing joy of living in Wales. This part of Wales, where we live at present has more sheep than people. This in itself is amazing as it seems that the first thing sheep want to do is to die!
I have called it GOLDEN FLEECE because many of the sheep are painted in massively expensive GOLD paint (I think - 64 carrot gold ... giving it a slightly orange appearance).
I like having fun with my artwork.

Friday, 22 October 2010


Posted by PicasaAbout two years ago we passed through Carmarthen, Wales, on the way back home. I took a photo, in the height of summer of a little old side street. I just loved the patterns created by the shadows.
This painting has developed from that time, but has become a 'cold and frosty morning'.
In the church choir that I help lead we have decided this year to sing 'PAST THREE O'CLOCK' and I have been working very hard trying to conjure and capture the feeling of this 'cold, frosty morning' with carol singers wrapped up warm under a street lamp. Who knows, perhaps there has been a cross over. Stranger things have happened.
Acrylic on canvas.
50x40cm approx - £70 (P+P £10 approx UK)

Monday, 18 October 2010


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This coming Saturday I will be compete in a local Eisteddfod in the little town of Llanidloes (that's thrown the spell check!). Our local Welsh speaking minister has put together a humorous 10 minute play centred around a group of Welsh learners taking part in a Service - (in fact we have been having a monthly Welsh learners service with him). The people in the congregation are asked which season of the year they enjoy most .. the responses are always so positive, but, one of the group always seems to bring up an objection ... followed by a groan of 'Oh, David!!!!' from the congregation. [This is the kind of moment where YOU HAVE TO BE THERE]
Although short it has singing, solo's, poetry of a Welsh kind and humour. The Eisteddfod is at the heart of Welsh culture as it a celebration of all that is Welsh. Here's a bit about from Wiki.

The date of the first Eisteddfod is a matter of much debate among scholars, but boards for the judging of poetry definitely existed in Wales from at least as early as the twelfth century, and it is likely that the ancient Celtic bards had formalized ways of judging poetry as well.The first Eisteddfod can be traced back to 1176, under the auspices of Lord Rhys, at his castle in Cardigan. There he held a grand gathering to which were invited poets and musicians from all over the country. A chair at the Lord's table was awarded to the best poet and musician, a tradition that prevails in the modern day National Eisteddfod. The earliest large scale Eisteddfod that can be proven beyond all doubt to have taken place, however, was the Carmarthen Eisteddfod, which took place in 1451. The next recorded large-scale eisteddfod was held in Caerwys in 1568. The prizes awarded were a miniature silver chair to the successful poet, a little silver crwth to the winning fiddler, a silver tongue to the best singer, and a tiny silver harp to the best harpist. Originally, the contests were limited to professional Welsh bards who were paid by the nobility. To ensure the highest standard possible, Elizabeth I of England commanded that the bards be examined and licensed. As interest in the Welsh arts declined, the standard of the main eisteddfod deteriorated as well and they became more informal. In 1789, Thomas Jones organised an eisteddfod in Corwen where for the first time the public were admitted. The success of this event led to a revival of interest in Welsh literature and music. (Wikipedia info)

Tuesday, 5 October 2010


How amazed I am that, using ordinary postage 'Royal Mail', that this painting could leave my house later than 3.30pm and get to Northern Ireland in less than 24 hours ... and that included conpensation additions. Brilliant value.
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Tuesday, 21 September 2010

HOW TO HIDE A SEAL - Pembrokeshire

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It's easy to see now the waves have washed both seal and pebbles but before not quite so easy.

Thursday, 16 September 2010


When people don't look
around them they miss such beautiful things. Things that have always been there but have not been looked at. This is a slate roof in Pembrokeshire. We went on from here to see seals that didn't want to be seen - they blended in so well on the beach.
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I am holding back from doing any more to this painting.
This isn't unusual for painters to reach the 'shall I or not' stage. Once I have signed it that's it, but my pen is hovering over the signature.
It will just have to sit on the easel until I'm more sure. So enjoy this stage of things.

Saturday, 11 September 2010


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This is one of the results from a class I took called 'Drawing for the Terrified'. Generally they were people who had not been able to draw with any confidence and had quite often been called 'stupid boy - you're rubbish at drawing'.
The people were asked to copy the drawing on the left (which was turned upside down) onto the crossed grid - one of the results is on the right.
The most common comment has always been 'Waow! I'm surprised - I can't normally draw'.

The images come from 'THE TIMES' each week.

Thursday, 9 September 2010


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I wish I had the confidence to know that this really was edible. I thinking this is 'CHICKEN of the WOODS' but unfortunately fungi more often that not have look-a-likes.


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This is the inside story of a very red acer - you don't get much redder than that. I saw this tree in the Dyffryn Gardens near Cardiff.

Tuesday, 31 August 2010


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I have used this format before because it sits very comfortably as every dimension is slightly different to the adjoining one.

Acrylic on canvas - FOR SALE
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Sunday, 29 August 2010

SKYLINE - Y Drenewydd

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Newtown (Y Drenewydd) has a very distinctive skyshape depending on where you are in or out of the town. This view is from the northern approach, crossing the Cambrian Bridge.

Acrylic on canvas - FOR SALE - £70 plus P&P


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