Thursday, 28 April 2011


Posted by PicasaI went to town for a watering head for my hosepipe, called in to find out how my Welsh tutor was after being ill, but met someone who said, 'I saw your article in the paper last night'. There was a copy left over in W.H.Smiths. We like these kind of surprises best of all.

Wednesday, 20 April 2011


I have to say goodbye to a painting I have loved having around. It's going to a good home.
Do other artists want their work to go to a good place where it will be enjoyed and appreciated, or its it just me? I have heard it said that some painters will make up an excuse as to why a painting is not for sale because they think it is being bought for the wrong reason.

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Tuesday, 19 April 2011


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Throughout Wales you will come across Chapels of all shapes and sizes.
One feature that I have noticed is that Chapels need to be viewed from the front, whereas Churches and Cathedrals tend to more special from the side or three quarter face. The gravestones are wonderful works of art in themselves because of the capacity of slate to take both broad and very fine lines.
It was because of these chapels or more especially, the slate, that I have developed a love of GREY. After rain the cemeteries glow with colour as do the walls and roofs. Wales is not grey and dull but grey and spectacularly colourful.


This quick shot was taken just a few months ago. We were still in the grip of winter. Now the temperatures are hotter than Greece. To be more correct - hotter than Greece during the day. At night we are close to frost.

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Monday, 18 April 2011


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Great! - we are back in business after being unable to post to Blogger for such a long time.

As a child one of my favourite voices was that of Wynford Vaughan Thomas -- this was when we only had radio. About four or five times a year he came on the radio to present a programme, I think, called 'Wales in Winter / Spring etc' or perhaps Christmas in Wales. He was able to weave using words alone a picture of deep snow drifts, summer meadows, wind blown curlews on a sandy estuary. It is hard to think of a more Welsh sounding Welshman. Such a treat.
The photos are of a plaque, placed and often stolen, above Machynlleth on the mountain road. From here many of the great ranges and peaks of Wales can be identified ... five minutes later you see NOTHING ... just mist.

Monday, 11 April 2011

DONE by a long winded route. LLANARTH

This is LLANARTH - West Wales, adapted from an old sepia photo from around C1880? We have travelled this road many times and know it well.
I have used (for the first time in over a year) broad rough dark outlines. I love this technique, favoured by many impressionist and expressionists. I suppose what I like is the way in which it draws out the fundamental 'pattern' relationships in the viewed scene. These can be simplified and still stand strong on their own. Changing the colours is just 'fun'. I don't why, how or when the colours are right - but I know when to leave them alone.To those with local knowledge - sorry - I have missed a house out!!

I am so looking forward to being able to post easily from Picasa once more - its been a long time


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