Sunday, 29 April 2012

IT'S NOT ALWAY WET IN WALES - just at this moment!





Posted by Picasa While many parts of the United Kingdom are going through a time needing to be very careful with water usage, WALES seems to be doing very well. Many of our rivers are rising, with flood warnings being issued. Suddenly it the rest of the country seems quite interested in what we have. But the famous graffti still stands 'Cofiwch Dryweryn!'

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Llanerchaeron - a place to easily pass by.







Posted by Picasa  An example of a self-sufficient 18th-century Welsh minor gentry estate designed in the 1790s, is the most complete example of the early work of John Nash having its own service courtyard with dairy, laundry, brewery and salting house, and walled kitchen gardens (with all its produce for sale when in season).
The pleasure grounds and ornamental lake and parkland provide peaceful walks. The Home Farm complex has an impressive range of traditional, atmospheric outbuildings and is a working organic farm with Welsh Black cattle, Llanwenog sheep and rare Welsh pigs. [edited words taken from the National Trust website]


I can't remember how many years we have been driving past this building, which from the road looks like it might be a quick quarter of an hour 'see everything'. In fact we stayed for hours and have many things still to see on another occasion.
So if you are anywhere near Aberaeron [West Wales] and have a fine day to spare this could be a place for you. Over the next years it looks as though pathways are being cut through the woods, some very very steep ... a great challenge.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Take a Closer Look


Posted by Picasa At first look this seems like an ordinary photograph. Zoom in a little and you should be able to see the brush strokes created by FOTOSKETCHER .... smart hey!

FOTOSKETCHER


Posted by PicasaSorry I've been away for so long, but every time Google does something that is supposed to help I find my links stop working on my blogger, phone etc. We are back - Croeso pawb!

I want to share with you what I think could be a help to some people who are likely to put too much detail into their paintings and would like to paint more broadly.
I found the free software FOTOSKETCHER on the internet and was amazed, even on my old PC to watch it work. It turns photos into oil, pencil, pastel, cartoon etc. The real joy for me as a painter is to watch it do it. All the time i am asking 'What's it doing now? ... Oh yes, I understand!'
You are able to increase/decrease the size of brush and the abstraction rate from detail to broad brush. You can even add a frame, change brushes, colour range and so much more.

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