Thursday, 27 July 2017

Bathurst Park, Cirencester.

Okay well I took a bit of time and sorted out the camera. I have now taken a decent image (much closer to the original) of Bathurst Park and I also added Alex, Jac and I walking towards Town (i.e. into the picture). This is a painting to keep.
Alex is sorting out an order for cards and I have had a good walk into town just as the heavens opened!

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Bathurst Park, Cirencester

I spent the morning re-working the above painting. I had originally done it in situ on a lovely day last year in Bathurst Park, Cirencester. I didn't quite get the chance to finish it so I got around to it today.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Burgess Jewellers Carmarthen

The above painting was a commission. Peter and Bethan Burgess were closing down the family business in Carmarthen and retiring. It is an old building in Lammas Street Carmarthen and was quite a nice subject. I thought an evening view would only enhance it. The worst part was the sign writing particularly on a small scale and varying angles but it worked out.

Today I dropped a couple of prints in to Origin in Carmarthen and then decided to look in Oriel Myrddin at the exhibition. Well to be honest I don't normally find anything there that interests me but there have been one or two surpises in the past. I am not passing judgement on any works displayed there but they generally hold little personal interest for me. Art is about personal taste.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Painting of Murphy

I have done the painting of Murphy our son's dog who died recently. I don't do animals as a rule but I make an exception for family. He was 14yrs so a good age.
He was mostly black Labrador and consequently I needed to use a bit of artistic licence to bring out his features otherwise it would be just a black silhouette! The photograph could be better but the battery on the camera died after taking it so I couldn't be bothered to redo it. If you look closely at a black lab the colours in the coat include purples browns and blues this is reflected in the painting.

I decided to do it 6ins x 6 ins on reflection it would have been easier to do it a bit bigger.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Ceri Auckland Davies

Last night we went with friends to a birthday celebration. I had a pleasant evening chatting with friends one of those in our group was Ceri Auckland Davies a Welsh Artist originally from Llanelli. One of his paintings is shown above. He is the only professional artist I know who uses egg tempera as a medium and the effects are absolutely stunning. The medium is perfect for capturing light. I greatly admire anyone who can master what I feel is a particularly difficult medium.

Here are a couple of links to his work which are well following.

Friday, 21 July 2017


The above painting is of the Gower with Worms Head. The image of the painting isn't particularly great. Anyway the painting is sold.

Last night we had an invasion. A herd of grandchildren arrived to eat us out of house and home (only joking more like a swarm of locusts!!). Still I like to see kids eat properly.

The youngest little chap apparently performed an unwelcome but vaguely amusing feat. He needed to go to the bathroom and  Alex took him. Unfortunately he didn't pull his trousers fully down and instead of aiming into the toilet bowl he stood there directing a jet up towards the ceiling!

I think Alex saw the funny side after she had cleaned up and sterilised everything.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Sketch of Alex

The above is a pencil sketch of Alex she is off today with her mom. I have that favourite pastime, visiting the dentist.

When I was at school I broke my front tooth playing rugby. I went to the dentist and he ground down what was left of it, put his hand in a box of false teeth and stuck one on. I suppose I would have been grateful if it was either the right colour or size. It wasn't. Over the years dentists have asked me if I would like one fitted that actually matched the other front tooth but I suppose I have kind of got used to it. So I have never bothered.  It is also a constant source of amusement for Alex, the children and even the grandchildren now.

Alex said the other day when my urn is collected at the crematorium it will be just that tooth rattling around along with some ashes!! ha ha.