Thursday, 13 December 2012

The frost has come, the decorations are up, the PLYGAIN CAROLAU are being sung. Our church choir is getting busier by the day, somehow fitting in practice. There is snow in the ditance on the hills .... so it is time to wish you all ......

Monday, 10 December 2012

WELSH VILLAGES - like Berriew, Mid Wales.

Berriew is one of many beautiful villages hidden throughout Powys, especially around Montgomery.
There is a lot of evidence of settlements of monks and religious men in the whole of this area.
Many of the churches have circular areas around the churches.

Sunday, 9 December 2012


I was trying to think what it must have been like to have come from the grime of a big industrial city to arrive at the station in Llangollen. What an amazing change of scenery, quality of air and sounds. Llangollen is the venue for the massive International Eisteddfod ... music festival, with acts from around the globe. 

CENARTH FALLS - details of water

The water didn't seem to be dirty, smelly or polluted. I wonder if sometimes plant life can create a kind of soap suds.

Monday, 3 December 2012

TREES - what a marvel!

I marvel at trees ... such strength and all that by design. Each one comes up with a different way of holding its branches against the wind and rain.

Sunday, 2 December 2012


Sometimes it's great to just play. Amending old photos is such an occasion. The original is of a lighthouse on the Pembrokeshire coast. After cutting, trimming, altering tones, colours, contrast etc. I changed into an oil ... for no other reason, just to see. This was the result.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012


I have tried to recreate a bit of the 'old age' of Staithes by trimming and changing colours. It is a very old harbour full of mystery and intrigue. It is a place of sailors, chapels of every flavour and probably a coast of pirates and smugglers. This scene has been painted in oils so many times by so many artists, throughout many centuries.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012


Such a lot of 'higgle-de-piggley'. Staithes is a much painted town nestling on the East coast of England. How did they squeeze so many houses together ... and this is only a small selection!

Monday, 19 November 2012

This is Aberaeron once more - the harbour is fed both from the sea and from the Aeron (in Welsh ... Aber = mouth, usually of the river name that follows. In this case Aeron). On the occasion of the high spring/autumn tides there can be a battle between the flooded rivers from inland and the raging sea on the other side of the sea wall.

Aberaeron is a beautiful seaside town on the West Wales coast. Because of its connections in the past with sailing ships and passages to America, this was the first town in Wales to be planned on the Boston grid system of streets and roads. Fortunately the street names are more interesting than Second street north.

Saturday, 17 November 2012

LLANDINAM near Drenewydd

This beautiful area is where, as I have said before, we get our lovely water from. The river is the Severn (the longest river in Britain) where salmon return in November from thousands of miles away to spawn. At the point the river is just a few miles old and will quickly swell before reaching Drenewydd just a few miles away. By the time it reaches Shrewsbury it is a strong, mighty river by UK standards.

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Friday, 16 November 2012

West Wales Coast

What a great place to build a house ... except perhaps when the wind blows!


Recently Ann Aston asked 'Do you paint from memory or sketch? Because I don't drive I tend to gather  my information from photos. But, most importantly I usually have to have a 'feeling' about the place, usually from having 'known' the place or situation well, often over many years. So you could say I am painting from experience. Of course I paint plein air, sketch etc.

Below is an example of how I might take a photograph, quickly and roughly 'square it up' and then set off in a completely different direction.

Thursday, 15 November 2012


This was my birthday walk on Newgale beach a couple of years ago. Many of the beaches in this part of Pembrokeshire are long and broad. Most are flat and very safe for children, yet when the tide turns out come the surfers.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012


The Welsh coast offers an amazing range of weather, stunning sun, black-blackness, an ever changing colour scheme. Many Pembrokeshire artists like John Knapp-Fisher use the darkest of grey/black to paint their skies. With this in mind I have purposely altered the sky to reflect some of these works.


In one direction Wales, the other Shropshire and the other counties.

This is a place of great beauty and  mystery. To one side of the hills is the Monastery of St Antony and St Cuthbert, well known to Prince Charles.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

So Close to Home yet easily missed.

If you want COLD ... then Lake Vyrnwy Nature Reserve and Estate is your place.


I have been having fun with these old photographs, remembering the feelings of that Autumn day.

MWNT CHAPEL in moonlight.

Moonlight at this time of the year until about February can be very exciting.

When we attended our very first Plygain service near Llanfair Caeraenion the clarity of light was magical, making it possible to read and see clearly across all the fields.
Of course this photo has been manipulated from a bright summers day, cropped, toned and made to look like moonlight.
The chapel at Mwnt is a must visit site if you are in West Wales.

Sunday, 9 September 2012

ABERYSTWYTH - can't wait to paint it one day soon.

Posted by PicasaSorry once again, we seem to be back to 'blurred photos'. I thought I had cracked that one.

Saturday, 11 August 2012

I'm exhausted by the Olympics.

Posted by PicasaI I knew 'hospital pillows' would come in handy one day.


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