Friday, 26 February 2010

MORE FROM THE CANALS




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It's lambing time here in Wales, even though the majority will be born in March. It is a great joy to be able to see so many creatures from our 'Inland Waterways'. They don't flood and rarely run dry because of their clever construction.
The swan pictured here had earlier had to raise its body high above the ice, to break through and move forward.
A few short strides along a canal restores life in the tired soul. More and more the sometimes muddy pathways are being made into all weather surfaces for cyclists, walkers, joggers and pushchairs (buggies).

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

WONDERFUL CANALS


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I don't know whether or not you have a CANAL system in your countries, but in Great Britain one is never far from a local nature reserve in the shape of a canal. It is easy to see heron, swans, otters, sometimes water rats, a host of different flowers, but most of all stunning views. It is like stepping back a hundred years into an unspoilt area (at least in the countryside ... for in the towns they are used to dump shopping trolleys and rubbish). Increasingly it is possible to cycle along the canal ways, often without seeing a soul.

Friday, 19 February 2010

Y TRALLWNG - Welshpool - oil on canvas - 40x50cm


Many towns along the Welsh/English border have the prefixed letter Y (the) The Welshpool - The Newtown (Y Drenewydd).
Phonetically Y TRALLWNG might be sounded as Uh TrA - soft hissing sound ([LL]tongue on roof of mouth and air coming out the sides of the mouth) - WooUng.
I have added people to make it look busy. It may in fact be a busy town, for it has plenty of lively shops. Its just that I am not used to seeing people there. It has the air of having been a very prosperous farming town at one time with lots of history. Even now it has a very large, newly rebuilt livestock market.

Thursday, 18 February 2010

THEN CAME THE BLIZZARD!



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This is the beach at Tenby, half-term holidays, crystal clear sky ....the next day we drove home through a horizontal snow blizzard lasting nearly an hour before it eased off. I tell you, if you want to see all the seasons in one day, Wales is the place to be.

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

TRALLWNG - Welshpool - means 'THE BOG'

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Don't you just hate it when places get busy - having to push past hundreds of people, not apparently knowing where they are going ...'didn't he notice me?' Crossing the road is so difficult , shall I run or just amble, ignoring all the traffic? And, worst of all, the shop assistants having no time to serve you.
Well, no use complaining, that's how it is around here!!!!!

FETCH! - ROVER ... good dragon.




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Just a few more shots to give a flavour of my walk described below. Powis Castle has one of the finest collections of CLOUD TREES, bushes trimmed over the years into soap bubble clusters.
what do you think of the crest - is it a dragon with a glove/gauntlet, or is it someones hand?

WALKING IN THE BACK GARDEN OF THE FAMOUS




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A free bus ride, a walk along the canal and into the back garden of the Earl of Powis (Powis Castle). I saw swans raising themselves above the ice to break through the frozen canal waters, surprised birds of prey, heard the screaming of buzzards overhead and rambled through frost, brilliant sunshine and snow. Finally I turned a corner, coming face to face with over a hundred deer. That's what I call a good day.
For those of you not familiar with the Border counties of Wales, the timbered building, is in fact brickwork painted black and white in a wide variety of patterns. Earlier in the century they would have been brown and cream (so a guy told me today).

Monday, 8 February 2010

FRAMED LANDSCAPES acrylic on canvas - 40x50cm

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I decided to move away from my comfort zone and keep painting until it began to make sense to me. After a time of mechanical painting I began to see that multiple landscapes were beginning to appear in this apparently random arrangement of spaces.
The colour is more controlled than might at first be imagined. Each layer of painting has a very close family of colours - first blues then red to orange - finally layers of copper and gold.
The initial layer took the form of scaled strict rectangles - the next layer looser rectangular work, followed by circular arrangements and finally back to rectangles but loosely painted in a variety of sizes.

Friday, 5 February 2010

BURNING BUSH - acrylic on canvas - 40x40cm

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Painting with GOLD is always fun, maybe 32carrot but more likely to be another vegetable, worth much more ... the vegetable I mean! This painting has a number of exciting elements within its medium, one being a variety of golds, the other being a special iridescence which does not show in the photograph.
This again is a rescued painting. Abstracts are much harder to do than one might imagine. To achieve even this balance there are two complete repaints plus many extra layers of almost starting again, many regrets and a great deal of learning.

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

DIAGONAL LANDSCAPE - acrylic on canvas - 40x40cm

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You can see light coming in from the right - it is a very dark day, so quite hard for taking a shot without flash.
This was an experiment using the diagonal as a design base and then developing a landscape from the evolving format.
I had just been watching videos on using interactive acrylics (which react just like oils - enabling blending etc.) doing all the things my acrylics cannot do! Still we enjoyed ourselves painting over another piece of old work.

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