Monday, 27 March 2017

Painting of Carmarthen Reservoir

Jac and I went around the Carmarthen Reservoirs this morning. He is having a bit of trouble with his one paw so I have been giving him a rest from the climb up through the woods. The painting above is of the bottom reservoir and is sold.

As we walked around I bumped into someone I knew and they told me they were off to London today for a conference which reminded me of a story I know I have told before but is worth repeating.

When I was in the police I was often sent to conferences. On one occasion I was a little delayed due to heavy traffic and arrived at this large hotel just as the conference was starting. I quietly went in and found a seat as the first speaker was commencing. I sat there for an hour or so until there was a short break. I then started chatting to the person next to me.

"I can't stand these conferences, just a waste of time and money."I said.
"Yes I totally agree with you." He replied.
"So where are you from?" I asked.
"South Western Region."

Slightly puzzled I looked at his badge. It was at this point I realised I was in the wrong place and had sat through over an hour of a conference being run by British Gas. It turned out the Police Conference was on the floor above. Speaks volumes doesn't it.

Today I am starting to add to an old painting. I did a family group a few years back and this group has a few additional members and I have been asked to add them to the painting.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Watercolour of Bridge at Carmarthen

I don't often do a full watercolour painting now. This may change. If someone is desperate for a painting and there is no time for an oil to dry I will occasionally do one. The watercolour above is of Carmarthen Bridge and is sold.

This is the view from the path near Currys. I have painted from here a couple of times and the smell from the take away van can be a bit overpowering. Still you can park your car and its not far to carry the easel.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Walking the dog on Llansteffan Beach

I finished this painting yesterday, walking the dog on Llansteffan Beach. I had intended originally to do it in winter with rain and dark skies but I relented and went for sunshine.

I went to watch the Scarlets last night a good game, a game of two halves!! Anyway thoroughly enjoyed watching good attacking rugby. The second half was full of errors but good defence.

Today shopping and the garden, oh well.

Friday, 24 March 2017


At this time of year we used to go in our camper to North Wales for a couple of weeks. We stayed in Harlech. The beach there is fantastic, 7 miles of sand with a view of Snowdonia. Generally if it was busy you shared this beach with half a dozen people. If quiet you had it to yourselves. The painting above shows the scene.

Last night we went to see a T Rex tribute act. It was very good. I saw Tyrannosaurus Rex in 1969 so a good few years ago! Anyway a good evening.

I was playing the piano the other day and Alex called me:

"If that's, "Catch a falling Star" its in the wrong key!"

I replied, "Its in the right key and its, "Get Back!"

Oh well, keep practising!!

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

After the Rain

I was reminded of this painting this morning. We have had quite a downpour overnight. This morning's walk was like an assault course,wading through mud across the fields and up the wood. In fact last night there was a big thunder storm over our son's house in Llanddowror and they were struck by lightning. Well to be correct the actual strike was on the trampoline in the garden. The pictures on their walls were knocked off, the lights went out and they now don't have TV although the electric supply is back on.

Back to the painting it may be a bit grey for most people but I really liked it. It never found a home and eventually we re-used the frame and it was binned.

Yesterday a satisfied customer collected their commission. I have had a pretty well none stop but pleasant amount of work for the last 6 months and now it seems I am up to date.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Stradey Park

I am looking forward to Friday night. Scarlets are at home playing Edinburgh. Hopefully some good attacking rugby. The picture above is one I did of the Town Gate of Stradey Park, the old Llanelli and Scarlets ground.

I must have passed through this gate countless times. I was sad to see the place go and it is now a housing estate but I suppose we have to move with modern times and the facilities were a bit primitive.

I am not sure if I still have the painting. It was never put in a frame. So it probably ended up in much the same way as the subject. (No it didn't turn into a housing estate!)

I do have a mobile phone although I probably only use it once a week on average. I often forget to carry it with me and one of Alex's oft heard complaints is," I don't know why you have a mobile phone."

The other day she borrowed it when we were out and said." You haven't got the Internet on this."
I said, "Yes I get it at home."
She said. "You should get 3G or 4G when you are out."
I said ,"Well I never have."
She looked at me sadly went into settings and said," Perhaps if you turn it on!"
Ah well. To be honest why do I need to look at the Internet when I am out anyway?

Monday, 20 March 2017


The field opposite is now pretty grown over with new trees and brambles reclaming the once grassed plot. Old Mr Davies used to cut the brambles by hand and spend several days clearing the field. I have often seen foxes with their cubs running through the grass or playing on a sunny bank.

I am not sure who owns the field now but I think I like the overgrown nature of it now, although I am not sure what Mr Davies would think. I did the sketchof him above a few years ago when he was still with us.

Yesterday I helped out rehanging Origin Gallery, in King St. Carmarthen. Worth popping in if your passing.