Wednesday, 27 January 2010

LANDSCAPE acrylic on canvas - 40x40cm

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Well - there's a surprise. I don't know where this one came from but I have had it in mind for about a week. I painted it upside down what from the image here but felt it looked more understandable this way up. I then added blue to the top to add some sense of reality.

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

WELSH FARMS NO.12 acrylic on canvas - 40x40cm

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The first painting is the original, the others show possibilities through the use of alterations in colour, balance and saturation, using photo editing. It gives me great pleasure as I manipulate work like this, realising that I actually know what I am looking for rather an accidental 'stumbling upon', although this can of itself be very exciting.

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

WELSH FARM NO.11 - acrylic on canvas 30x40cm

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Sorry for the poor reproduction - the days are very dull and flash is very unsympathetic to this kind of surface. This is very typical of Wales from North to South, plantations of trees, lakes, reservoirs, secret views, farms in the most unexpected places.

Saturday, 9 January 2010


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This is first painting of 2010. I have been trying to make that first move for a few days, it is always very hard. Unless you have experience of painting on a regular basis it will be difficult to understand the power of the pristine blank canvas. It is very strong.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my first painting, using bold colours in acrylic on a larger canvas than I have been used to over the last few months.

Friday, 8 January 2010

SNOW Pictures - old and new

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The top picture is as I remember snow as a young boy, sometimes up to the top windows and woolly jumpers so frozen you could stand them up by the fire indoors. The second photo is of a snowman waiting for a bus in Oxford city centre. Finally January 2010 sees the UK almost completely covered in a great deal of the cold stuff, with plenty more to come.


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Make sure you DOUBLE CLICK on this image to see the detail from the Hubble Telescope. We used to have pictures back from space at 6pixels per inch. Even the cheapest mobile phone can do 10Mega pixels now.

Below is a wonderful hymn by Graham Kendrick
which speaks of 'hands that flung stars into space'.

From heaven You came, helpless babe
Entered our world, Your glory veiled
Not to be served but to serve
And give Your life that we might live

This is our God, the servant King
He calls us now to follow Him
To bring our lives as a daily offering
Of worship to the Servant King

There in the garden of tears
My heavy load He chose to bear
His heart with sorrow was tom
"Yet not My will but Yours", He said

Come see His hands and His feet
The scars that speak of sacrifice
Hands that flung stars into space
To cruel nails surrendered

So let us learn how to serve
And in our lives enthrone Him
Each other's needs to prefer
For it is Christ we're serving



We are now down to -14C, which for this part of the land is not bad at all.
We now have two routines in the morning:
1. Look out of the window.
2. Read the outside temperature.
What an exciting life we live.
(I'm sorry to my readers who think this is HOT.)

Thursday, 7 January 2010


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This photo was taken on Lake Bala in the middle of summer. It was bitter! Bala is a very small north Wales town of a few thousand people that suddenly is overwhelmed with people from all over the world for the National Eisteddfod (Eye-steth-vod) swelling the number to 20,000 people.


We have reached, for this part of Wales, an amazing low of -12C (10F).
It is very beautiful.

Wednesday, 6 January 2010


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It looked as if we were going to miss out on 'proper weather' yet again - but this is what we woke up to - 6" of snow.

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

I spoke of WONDER & AWE

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Yesterday I spoke about AWE & WONDER. I wanted to share with you an expression of that through the work of Heather Jansch, a collector of driftwood. Her sensitive work comes through years of feelings for and hard observation of animals, especially horses. The creatures are not static but filled with vitality.
Today I would also point you to some great comments on the Robert Genn website and the current post 'Fighting the Double Demons'
A quote from the present posting:
Long do we wrestle with the mysteries of motivation. What makes some folks jump out of bed and others lie in? Without a motive we are dead turkeys; with one we can win over both the world and ourselves. Passion is earned in the doing, not arbitrarily handed out as a gift. "It's motive alone which gives character to the actions of men." (
Jean de La Bruyere)
In effect 'the blank canvas is scary - so paint it - and get on and do something with it!'

Monday, 4 January 2010


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Exactly one year ago we were going through a magical experience, frost lay like ribbons across the trees and branches early morning. An hour later and the trees were back to bare branches.
This year the frost has been much lower, not touching the trees.
I cannot ever imagine living in a country where these daily treats don't occur. Some moan and groan about such things but maybe they have stopped seeing or have lost the most precious of gifts WONDER itself. This to me, over many years now, has become the saddest thing among people, losing a sense of WONDER & AWE, that childhood gasp, that 'Whoa!!!!'
Our language has changed drastically, where the word AWESOME is applied to pizza, cellphone cover or pastie.

Friday, 1 January 2010


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