Wednesday, 31 August 2011

TENBY (WALES) acrylic on canvas 25x30cm - framed £60

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The beautiful and unusual seaside town of Tenby has various claims to fame but, best of all, it is the way to get across to the Abbey at Caldey. Make sure you make time to go across if ever you are near .... better still, see whether you can stay on the island for a few days. The atmosphere is great, the building is very special and the men stay there are wonderful characters.

Monday, 29 August 2011

MAWDDACH Estuary between Fairbourne & Barmouth (North Wales)

Posted by Picasa The Mawddach rises from Lake Bala and its mouth (Aber in Welsh) lies between Fairbourne & Barmouth. From the vantage point between the two towns a great spread of North Wales opens out. Turn around and distant views of Snowdonia - the Llyn Peninsula - Anglesey and the Sacred isle of Bardsey appear through veils of cloud & sunshine.
Don't go at Bank holiday time if that's possible and breathe the air free from 'fish & chips - hotdogs - candy floss' etc.

HARBOUR MASTER - ABERAERON - acrylic on canvas 25x30cm - framed - £60

Posted by Picasa South of Aberystwyth lies the beautiful village/town of ABERAERON, one of Wales few and certainly earliest 'planned town'. The streets are laid out on a grid system. But, it is not the grid that gives the charm, it is the row & terraces of coloured houses. Aberaeron is a lively place at any time of the year. It is an often painted place especially the iconic 'Harbour Master' right on the harbour quay.

Friday, 26 August 2011

MWNT CHURCH (back view) acrylic on canvas 25x30cm - framed - £60 +P&P

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Third in the series of this wonderful church on the West Wales coastal path.
Each of the three paintings has been done using just three colours = Paynes Grey (the blue) Raw Sienna (the yellow) Burnt Sienna (the red). This is such a good discipline. This palette is often known as the 'Old Masters'. I could happily paint with it for a long time.

Thursday, 25 August 2011


Posted by PicasaIconic shape in the centre of the Brecon Beacons. If your a climber, you know it well. If not you may well be missing a treat. This area is a geologists paradise.


Posted by PicasaHow many times have we driven past a little village in the Brecon Beacons and thought 'Why have they put a visitor centre on that side of the road when the wonderful Brecon Beacons are on the other side? Well, next time you drive through LIBANUS follow the brown sign for 1 mile up a fairly narrow road until you reach the centre and find out for yourself. IT IS GREAT. We are planning to go back just for a day trip. It has tea rooms, toilets, endless walks and outstanding, ever changing views.
POCHADE PAINTERS this is the place for you, uncluttered, unspoiled views across to Abergavenny, Pen Y Fan and much more.


Posted by Picasa This is a second painting of the wonderfully evocative church above the beach of Mwnt, west Wales. This time I decided to demolish the modern garage at the side and reinvent some of the surroundings to create more atmosphere. I hope it works .... it may change slightly before I sign it.

Thursday, 18 August 2011

CHURCH at MWNT (West Wales) - acrylic on canvas 20x35cm - framed - £60 +P&P

Posted by Picasa This beautiful church, 'The Church of the Holy Cross' - [Eglwys y Grog] has sat on this cliff edge field since the 14Century. It has a 12Century font showing that the whole area dates back to the 'Age of the Saints' here in West Wales, the time of its patron, Saint David, plus many more.

Saturday, 13 August 2011


Posted by Picasa If you are travelling to Wales and want a fairly secluded place to stay this may well suit you. It is within driving distance of many places ... though sometimes down narrow lanes. Within reach of the West Wales coast - Aberaeron, New Quay ... towns & villages galore, Tregaron, Lampeter, Carmarthen, Cardigan and so much more. The area is filled with interesting places to find GOLD, cheese, special ice cream, Roman remains, churches modern and Celtic and that's for starters.


Posted by Picasa There are many working farms in Wales that are open for visitors to stay. Often in quite remote places with maybe sounds that are new to many people from the city. Bats, pheasants, foxes, badgers, RED KITES and buzzards become almost commonplace. The Red Kite is one of Wales proudest achievements, once almost wiped out, now in great health. It is unlikely that you will travel through Wales without seeing this beautiful bird of prey.


Posted by Picasa As a race of people the Welsh are not generally very tall.


Posted by Picasa What a great opportunity to study sheep. We went along to one of the many small country shows held throughout Wales during August. It is not often you get a chance to stand close to a sheep with a sketch book and get a really close view. They are not easy creatures to understand visually. They seem to be a mixture of many animals. Some breeds are just 'pretty' others look like tough thugs. The show was inland near Tregaron / Lampeter at the lovely village of Llandewi Brefi, made famous by the cast of 'Little Britain' some years ago.

Friday, 12 August 2011

I thought I was all alone!

Posted by Picasa There I was minding my own business in the garden ALL BY MYSELF when I had the strange feeling I was not alone, in fact, that my every move was being watched.


Posted by Picasa Right on time - August .... the robin returns. Hello old friend already watching my every move.


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