Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Barge on the Brecon and Monmouth Canal

I have given the above painting to Nicky Piper for his exhibition to raise funds for Cardiff City Hospice. It is a very worthy cause and we are always happy to help with their annual exhibition.

Monday, 9 October 2017

David Cowdry Exhibition - Aberglasney

On Saturday I popped into Aberglasney to see our friend David Cowdry with his exhibition. He has as usual a superb range of paintings. It is only on for a week but if you get the chance get along and have a look.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Painting of boats in Angle

We used to have a mooring in Angle and this was a painting I did back then. It sold a long time ago. The execution was quite loose and suited the subject. The only bits of detail are in the boats.

We were on the moorings in Angle when I got a fish bone stuck in my throat. This was a quite unpleasant experience and I failed to move it with bread or water. In the end Alex took great delight in getting a pair of tapernosed pliers out of the toolbox and stick them down my throat to remove it. I didn't think it was possible to get a set of pliers in my mouth but it is.
Yes it was bloody uncomfortable and I wouldn't recommend it but it felt better when it was gone and of course I drank some alcohol to sterilise the area! Alex thought it was hilarious. After that I made sure we had forceps in our first aid kit.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Cleddau Bridge

The above painting is of the Cleddau Bridgea at Neyland. We used to moor our boat in the marina in Neyland when Alex was working as an engineer in Dale Sailing. (I can also add proudly she won marine engineer student of the year when in college).  The place we moored was in the upper basin, which although being cheaper was restricted because you could only get in or out an hour or so either side of high water.

It did have the advantage of a lovely walk along the old Railway built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Neyland became the terminus for the Great Western Railway in 1856. The railway fell into disuse after Beeching I believe. Anyway there is now a lovely long walk through nature reserves although you have to dodge cyclists.

“Jac” our cocker spaniel loves nature although he has a real thing about black birds. So we often took him long walks from the time he was a puppy. 

One day we took him along this trail and met a young couple pushing a pram. The pram contained a baby and unbeknown to us a picnic wrapped up under the pram. We stopped briefly to chat to the couple, and then I suddenly noticed “Jac” disappearing with a package in his mouth. I called him but being a young pup he took no notice and proceeded to unwrap and eat sandwiches at a distance. I finally caught him and handed the whole sorry mess back to the couple who were none to pleased. We then disappeared with as much grace and speed as we could, muttering apologies for our wayward dog.

Friday, 6 October 2017

Autumn Rain

I finished this painting "Autumn Rain" yesterday. I rarely use burnt sienna but I thought, well it is an autumnal colour so... Anyway a glimpse of Worms Head through the incoming rain. Its influenced by Edward Seago to some extent and is quite fluid with the exception of the relief of Worms Head.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Painting of Kidwelly Castle in the snow.

I was interviewed about an old friend of mine the other night. A book is being written about John Brown who I did my degree course with. John wrote a book himself before he died but now there is one being written about him mainly I believe for the American market.

John was a very interesting character who was  famous for his furniture making and in particular chair making. He was a craftsman who had lived life to the full. There is much I can say about him but sufficient to say he was a friend of mine.

The painting above is of Kidwelly Castle and is sold.

David Cowdry has an exhibition in Aberglasney for one week starting Saturday. Must be worth a visit.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Winters morning

There was a definite chill in the air this morning when I took Jac out. I suppose th eclocks will be going back soon and then we know dark days are coming. The watercolour above is one I did for a radio program a while back which I guess is novel. I had to use my best descriptive powers, but it all worked out okay.

I had previously undertaken an exhibition involving the visually impaired. This required doing maquettes for the paintings. These were 3D representations of the paintings that the audience could hold and trace with their fingers whilst I described the scene to them. All this was a lot of work.

 I asked the Arts Council for Wales if they were interested in helping to publicise the event. I didn't want any money. (I have never asked for any grant or monetary assistance). They were totally uninterested and were also unable to tell me what they had done to assist the visually impaired in the arts. I suppose I shouldn't have been surprised given their poor reputation but this was the only dealings I had with them.  I had quite a lot of interest from England and was contacted by several people and groups wishing to know how I had arranged the event which was covered by the BBC.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Thomas Toft

Yesterday I went pottery painting with Alex! Although I did ceramics as part of my degree course and enjoyed it I was never very good at it. I always wanted to do practical things like the biscuit barrel above or a nuthatch...

Anyway Alex has been taking the grandchildren to Gwili Pottery to spend a couple of hours painting pottery. Yesterday she was going by herself to finish off a couple of items. I went along with her and spent a couple of hours decorating a plate to be fired. I can't show it as it is a present but hopefully it will turn out okay. It was influenced by the style of Thomas Toft a 17th century potter who I don't remember but Alex may well do.

I would recommend a visit to the pottery if you have a couple of hours to send with or without children. It was relaxing and I will have made a personalised present for the small sum of £16.

Gwili Pottery. Pontarsais, Carmarthen SA32 7DU.  01267 253449.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Ferryside Beach

I spent the day yesterday preparing and priming boards. Today I am moving my work about in the Origin gallery.
The painting above is of Llansteffan Castle from Ferryside Beach and is sold.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Painting of a Yacht Angle Bay

The above painting is of a yacht at anchor in Angle Bay. As I recall I think it was called Sea Squaw.

It is an old painting which is still in my studio somewhere. I thought I would include the video showing how it was painted albeit the camera quality is poor, you get the idea.


Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Dinefwr Castle and White Park Cattle

The painting above is sold and is of Dinefwr Castle and their famous white cattle. The cattle have been associated with Dinefwr since Medieval times and are apparently distinctly different from all other breeds. I just like their long horns and inquisitive faces.

Yesterday I took Jac for his early morning walk and was lost in thought for most of the 25 minutes or so. We got back and I let him in the house and he promptly disappeared to be met with a lot of shouting. I wandered in and noticed a great trail of stinking mud along the floors and walls ending with a happy looking Jac and a not so happy looking Alex.

 I obviously hadn't noticed the state he had got into. 

He was easily remedied with a visit to the hosepipe.

 As for Alex and the house well  I kept a low profile for a while!

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Cefn Sidan Oil Painting

The above painting of "A walk on Cefn Sidan" sold last week. It so happens yesterday I got the long distance view of Cefn Sidan as we took my sister to Saundersfoot for her birthday. It was a beautiful clear day and you could view the whole of Carmarthen Bay out to The Gower and Worms Head, with Cefn Sidan prominent with its sparkling sand.

I am carefully watching a batch of red wine that is fermenting. About 40 plus years ago we used to make our own home brew. Any fruit wine we could get hold of and sometimes beer. We were on a basic very income. We had no carpets, only a rug in the lounge.  A second hand sofa and chair we were given a bed and a table I bought in the auction for £5. We didn't have a fridge, washing machine, freezer, dishwasher (and still don't, only me). We had a second hand black and white TV we rented for £2.40 a month which meant watching all programs through a snowstorm. Anyway enough tears and nostalgia we brewed as that's the only way we could afford to drink.

One day a whole bucket of apple wine exploded in the bathroom. Not really an issue except the stains were impossible to get out and it got into the lights and fused all the electrics. I sorted the electrics and covered the stains with blocker, oil paint you name it but it still came back. As we were in a police house this was a bit of a problem. The police were very strict with houses and inspected your them regularly. When we got married they refused to give us the key to the house until two days before the wedding. Anyway when we were posted on I had to quickly use paint blocker on it the day before inspection. We decided to stop making wine then as to be honest we were drinking too much.

So this is the first batch since the 1970's. Fingers crossed.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

My studio

I have a small studio which means I must keep it in order. in any case I am by nature a tidy person and I like to have everything available and in the right place when I am painting, whether in the studio or outside.

I have three studio easels, one Jullian easel for painting outdoors and two pochade boxes which are a light outdoor paint box and easel. Plus a sketching easel and display easels. Sounds a lot, come to think of it is. They all fulfill different functions. An outdoor easel needs to be light and portable a studio easel can be solid and heavy.

Anyway I am missing out the most important part a studio needs good light and I am lucky to have good daylight throughout most of the day.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Watercolour of Brecon Deanery

I was flicking through some images and I saw this one. It reminded me of the time Alex and Iwere royally entertained by the then Dean of Brecon Geoffrey Marshall and his lovely wife Hazel who put on a huge spread. As a thank you I did this little watercolour sketch for them of the Deanery.

They are a delightful couple and were excellent hosts. Also present I recall was Father Richard Williams of Hay on Wye a real character who takes services with his dog (some sort of Large poodle) present. It was a very informative and entertaining afternoon and we didn't refer to religion once!

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Boat scene in the Med

When undertaking a painting that it intended for sale I always consider who might buy it. It is generally not sufficient to produce a good painting it has to mean something to the buyer.

Take the painting above . I rarely do a full painting that is other than for the West Wales or Welsh Market because that's where I work and sell. I go around the country and Europe seeing wonderful subjects but I know for the most part they are only likely to sell in that area or to someone who has a connection to it. I always take my sketch book and pass the time sketching but I hardly ever turn them into a full painting.

I did the painting of boats in a boatyard on Corfu because it appealled to me. It is not likely to sell but I am happy to keep it myself. I did it in a fluid style that I thought suited the subject.

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Bats at Dinefwr

Last night we went to Dinefwr (hence the painting above which is sold). We, of all things went for a bat walk! It was great. We had a talk on bats, not too deep and then a very pleasant walk in the duskdown to the mill pond to watch the bats emerging. We were provided with bat detectors that listen in and were provided with a spectacle of bats feeding off the midges and insects from the pond.

Yes a pleasant evening walk and the rain kept away untl the very end.

My website is now back on line but needs a bit of tweeking which I can do at my leasure.

Friday, 8 September 2017


I have decided that after 15 years my old website had to go. I had set it up using  old (even at that time ) Namo web editor software. I have had to keep an old computer just to update it as the software is not compatible with anything after windows xp. Sounds like I know what I am talking about, don't be fooled.
Anyway I have had increasing problems uploading and updating so it has been trashed. I am starting on a new one but am having trouble transferring my domain name (its a mystery).

It will all work out in the end, and if not well whatever. The blog is unaffected.

So today I may be playing (torturing) the piano, finishing the garden for winter or sorting out my studio which is in more of a mess than I would like. I will not be sat in front of a computer!

Oh the painting above is an old one of sunset over Brechfa and is sold.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Country cottage

The above painting was a commission of a cottage, family home situated on a quiet country road. Doing a painting like this really requires a bit of detail for the customer as they know their own home intimately and putting a window in slightly the wrong place etc would likely be irritating or worse to the recipient.

Anyway I have always been happy to spend a bit of time getting things right on this type of subject whereas I am more concerned with the overall effect in an impressionistic landscape painted en plein air.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Rain and Jam

Its been a bit wet lately not that affects Jac he pretty much always goes for a swim and for me it just means putting on more weatherproof gear. My sister visited the other day and the sketch above shows her walking Jac in the rain.

The nickname for a police patrol car used to be a jam sandwich because of the red reflective stripe around it. 
Jam sandwich has another meaning for me. I have previously mentioned that when I was in the police in the early1970’s I was quite short of funds. Well occasionally I was sent to work in the lock-up in Steelhouse Lane.

The lock-up was the police cellblock for prisoners waiting to go to court. They could be held over a weekend or merely overnight. When I worked outside the City Centre I was occasionally sent to the lock-up to sit with a high-risk prisoner (someone arrested for rape or murder). I was also sent to work there on overtime when they were short of officers.

One of my duties would be to make the prisoners meals and feed them. This is absolutely true, for breakfast they had a choice of a strawberry jam sandwich and a mug of tea or nothing.
For dinner they had the choice of a strawberry jam sandwich and tea or nothing.
For tea they had the choice of a strawberry jam sandwich and a mug of tea or nothing.
I still recall the piles of white sliced bread, tubs of spread and the catering size tins of strawberry jam.(This was of course before human rights legislation arrived with an a la carte menu).

I have to add that I too always joined them and was very grateful for a strawberry jam sandwich for breakfast dinner and tea mind you that also meant it avoided me claiming expenses for a meal!

Monday, 4 September 2017

Painting of the Gower

When young I used to visit the art gallery in Birmingham weekly to look at the paintings which included works by David Cox ( incidentally lived in Heath Mill Lane along with my ancestors) and the Pre-Raphaelites. Not surprisingly these painters had a big influence on my work.

The painting above is one I did of the Gower and Worms Head probably influenced by the likes of Arthur Hughes and others of the Brotherhood. The painting is sold.

Yesterday we went to put several paintings in the window of Origin Gallery in Carmarthen as part of a display.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

A trip to the Scarlets

The painting above is of the River Towy with Merlin's Hill in the background. It is painted from the bend near Tan yr Rhallt. The painting is sold.

We had a great day yesterday. We went with some of the family to watch the Scarlets play Southern Kings. We nearly didn't make it though. As we got in the car to go Alex said,
" Have you got the tickets?"
" Err, no."
I quickly returned to the house and put them safely in the car door pocket.

We then drove to Llanelli parked up and walked to the Stadium. We took our grandson into the Barn watched some recorded rugby highlights and bought him some horrible pancake stuff with marshmallows ... He liked it. We then met up with our eldest granddaughter and her boyfriend had a chat and were on our way to get in to the ground before kickoff.

Our grandson then asked me if I had the tickets..........I looked at Alex,
"You are joking aren't you?" she said without a word from me and a look that could turn the world to stone.
"Err I think I left them in the car." I replied quietly.

I then had to quickly go back to the car to retrieve them. Fortunately I got there and back without having a heart attack and before the game started and were joined by our son.

Anyway a great game with fabulous tries and ball handling in the second half. So much so my omissions were not mentioned again.

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Aberystwyth Promenade

I mentioned commissions the other day. Well the painting above is one of two commissions i have done of the Promenade. This one was for a couple who were celebrating their Golden Wedding. The proposal took place on Aberystwyth Promenade in the Bandstand. A lovely story and I needed to make sure that the painting reflected it. I wanted a nice sunny day with a sea breeze, a timeless painting that could be from any particular decade. I was up to my eyes in work but fortunately I have developed my own way of working which suits me and cuts out a lot of preliminary stages.

Here is stage one roughed out in turps and burnt umber. from there it is a matter of building up the layers and adding detail. This method works very well outside.

Friday, 1 September 2017

Plein Air Painting of Dryslwyn Castle

Yes I finally got out to do some painting outside. It was a great day for it and I quickly got lost in the work. I went out to Dryslwyn although the Castle is much in evidence the tree and its shadow are the real subject here.

I started by doing a 60 second sketch and then a tonal value sketch 60 second on a piece of scrap primed board. Then I began the painting by putting a wash of burn umber and turps over the board. I then roughed out the shapes and values with burnt umber and ultramarine. I then started building up the painting with paint and medium keeping to mixing four colours and titanium white.

The location was a bit on the road for my liking but I survived and was a happy man at the end of the morning. 

Watercolour Bathurst Estate

The watercolour above is of the entrance to Bathurst Park with Cirencester Church in the background.
I did this without an easel standing in the park grounds holding the watercolour pad and using an aqua pen brush. These brushes are great for on the spot paintings .

I have tried other makes but they weren't as good as the original.  As with all paintings and particularly watercolours it is a matter of deciding what to leave out. Anyway I think I got the essence of the scene including the mother having a picnic with her toddler.

With luck I may get out for a painting today

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Painting of Rhossili

When I do commissions I often don't post them straight away as they are often birthday, wedding or anniversary gifts. Of course as time passes I tend to forget I haven't posted them. Here is a commission I did for a couple getting married at Rhossili. Although the figures are small they were dressed as shown as was given  photos of the outfits to be worn on the day.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Painting of Cadair Idris

The above painting was brought to mind when I was speaking to old friends last week who had just climbed Cadair Idris. It is not the usual view from the estuary but very dramatic nevertheless. It sold pretty well straight away.

I note John Houser is having an exhibition of his plein air works at Picton Castle from 31st August 2017. Well worth a look if you get the chance. He has a lovely loose style that is evocative of the Pre and Post War British Impressionists. A style I very much like.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Llansteffan in moonlight from the sea

This is one of my favourite paintings. It shows Llansteffan in moonlight from the sea. It was painted from a recollection of coming over Carmarthen Bar into the estuary one evening. 

The profile of the castle and headland is very different from the seaward side. I have seen it from this position on many occasions but haven't sketched it surprisingly, well I suppose I was sailing at the time.

Ferryside is in the distance on the right. To the left of the Castle is Scotts Bay.  The painting is sold

Monday, 28 August 2017

Oil Painting of Carew Castle

The painting of Carew Castle above is sold.
I am quite safety conscious but not so much as Alex. Anyway we do have smoke detectors about the place and carbon monoxide alarm. In all we have about 5 battery alarms. A while back I heard the ping of a smoke detector indicating its end of battery life.

 It isn’t always easy to identify which one is going off particularly as they go off intermittently and are at ceiling height. I was up and downstairs trying to identify which one it was and eventually tracked it down to one in our hall.

I found a new battery and removed the detector only to find it had a non-replaceable battery. I put it in the garage and then thought, “I will still be able to hear that annoying ping,” so I got the pincers, snipped the wires and threw it in the bin.

As I walked back into the hall I heard that “Ping” again. Yes, I had binned the wrong one!


This is an old painting of mine showing fishermen cleaning their catch. It was actually at Newquay.

I post this picture as I went into a bespoke fishmonger on the Welsh Borders the other day. The price of their fish was a bit steep but considering where we were that was okay. The choice to be honest was pretty minimal and I thought they were a bit up themselves. The mackerel looked a bit passed it and when I asked for them to turn over the fillets of sea bass for me to look at, they just looked at me. So I had to ask again and then I bought two. They were actually first class despite being farmed.

I compare them to my local Tescos where the choice of fish is excellent, the staff are engaging and quickly gut or fillet the fish for you in seconds.

Today I wanted salmon fillets and asked for any four. He chose four and then I said , "Not that four!"
He looked at me and then burst out laughing. Yes Alex says I have an odd sense of humour.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

“I have to remind myself to breathe -- almost to remind my heart to beat!” ― Emily Brontë

The painting above is of Alex and lightly references a painting by Manet. I wasn't sure what to post this morning but conversation over breakfast sealed it.

I don't believe in re-incarnation but occasionally I think Alex may have lived with the Bronte sisters.
She has a habit of breaking into a speaking part from one of their novels. This morning for example:

"I was in correspondence with our youngest daughter and she advocated..."

"Hang on," I said, "Before you bring Mr. Darcy into this, you mean you have been emailing Rhian and she suggested ...?"

She really is hilarious and it all comes out so naturally. God knows where it comes from.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017


I think most people respect the Queen, well okay maybe not Jeremy Corbyn but heh, ho. I just feel a bit sorry for Prince Charles. I am not an avid Royal supporter but I have had something to do with them over the years. My experience suggests that Charles does a good job and is very genuine. He raises a lot of money for charity and is a big exponent of the Organic movement. He is very personable and unassuming. The same may not be said for some of the the Royals.

I haven't read any of the tittle tattle about Princess Dianna and frankly it doesn't interest me. I just think Charles has had a rough deal with the press for years. The painting above is a fraud. It was a present for Sue at the Waverley Stores. The Queen has never been there, but maybe she should have.

On to more serious thing. Last night I watched "Selma", essential viewing. A film/documentary about the marches led by Dr. Martin Luther King in the struggle for voting rights in the 1960's. Its frightening that this happened so recently. Anyway watching it was a sobering experience and a reminder of the bigotry that was and is still about.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Welsh Guardsman 7170

I did this little painting of a loco on the Gwili Railway a few years ago. It is the Welsh Guardsman.
It was built at the end of the war and was meant to be shipped to France. It was apparently retrieved at the dockside and was used for goods duties moving coal trucks. Anyway "Gwarchodwr Cymreig" or "Welsh Guardsman" is now part of the Gwili railway.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Watercolour of Snowdon

This is an old watercolour painting of mine from when we used to regularly go to North Wales. It shows Snowdon from Porthmadog. They are (or were) cattle pretty much always on the flood plain here and makes for a nice point of interest in the composition.

We have had a busy week with children (not complaining, no-one listens anyway) so I am now anxiously looking at the weather for a few hours out painting in the next few days. I have a subject and spot in mind.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Drawing Trees

Yesterday we had two grandchildren and it was the usual,
"What would you like to do?"
"Do you want to go to the museum?"
"Would you like to go to the beach?"
"I don't like sand!"
"Would you like to go to Pembrey Country Park?"
"Is there sand there?"
"Er Yes"
"I don't like sand!"

So we took them to Aberglasney no arguments. Now to be honest they are really good and well behaved but it is tiring. While Alex took them for an ice cream I got out my sketch book.

I exhibited at Aberglasney for about 9 years running. In the end we found it getting a bit onerous but I digress. I used to go outside and draw or paint. Drawing can be really challenging and a good basis for painting skills. I could happily draw for a couple of hours getting in a lot of detail with just a graphite pencil. I found an image of the one of trees as an example. I sat on the bench outside the front door of the mansion and happily drew this which also opened a good number of conversations.

My general method of drawing and painting is to rough everything out composition wise and then fill in detail until I feel like stopping.

Now today I am in Origin gallery in King Street, Carmarthen. I don't usually steward there but I am stepping in for someone who is under the weather.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Changing Track Gwili Railway

As we took the children on the Gwili Railway yesterday I thought I would post a painting of one of the locos changing track. I still have the painting framed somewhere. It is a 6 x 6 ins painting one of a big series I did. Most are sold but one or two are left somewhere about and tend not to see the air these days.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Looking across the Valley

The above painting was a commission of the Towy Valley looking from Ael y Bryn towards Llangunnor with Tan Yr Rhallt Farm on the bend under the trees. You can just make out the old engine sheds that are now Jewsons.The branch line used to run alongside the valley up to Abergwili  and then on eventually to Aberystwyth. A small section of it is preserved for running steam trains.

Looks like a nice day, maybe take the grandchildren on the Gwili Railway?

Monday, 14 August 2017

Painting of a Bank of the River Towy

I finished the above painting today. It shows a Bank of the River Towy near Halfway in strong sunlight.

I haven't got any commissions on the go at the moment so a little respite. I am pondering what to paint next. I have a couple of ideas but will see how I feel when the time comes. We have a shed full of grandchildren from tomorrow all week so I am not anticipating much brushwork but you never know!

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Pair of Brixham Trawlers

We just spent the weekend in Pembrokeshire and had a great time relaxing. Last night Alex was out watching the meteor shower while I was studying the back of my eyelids.

I am working on a painting of The Towy near Halfway at the present. Hope to finish it tomorrow.

The painting above is of a pair of Brixham Trawlers and I did it for our son.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Downs Clifton

The above painting is now hanging in an extensive residence in the middle east along with several of my other works. When I was walking the Downs near Clifton  I was taken by these trees and unusually had no pencil or paper with me so it was done from memory.

 A few weeks ago Alex mislaid the key for the garden shed.  Despite searching through all her pockets, looking behind cupboards, apologies and deperation she failed to find it. She swore she hung it up on the right hook. Anyway it wasn't a disaster as we had a spare. Anyway the spare went missing yesterday much to amazement. She checked everywhere again. Later I put on my old coat and found in the pocket 2 keys for the shed!!!

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Painting of A Bend in the River Towy

The above painting "A Bend on the River Towy" sold this week. It is quite loose in style and works well with the subject. A commission was picked up yesterday and I have to drop a painting off today. We have a couple of grandchildren arriving today. Life is never dull.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Painting of St Margaret's Island

We often go to Tenby... in the winter. Its a lovely spot and off season is quiet. We have visited in the summer avoiding all the traffic. We sailed in, dropped anchor and dried out on the beach.

Today we have the pleasure of posting our tax returns, no we haven't got around to doing them on line.
There is also a commission to frame. Ah yes the painting above is sold and is Tenby looking at St. Margaret's Island (which is actually attached to Caldey Island).

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Painting of reflections on Cefn Sidan Beach.

The above painting is of Cefn Sidan Beach with Worms Head, and the Gower in the distance. It is a view I have painted a lot in many differing conditions. I am always fascinated by reflections. The strange thing is they don't always obey the same rules that generally apply to them, which makes painting them a challenge and pleasure.  The above painting was about 3ft x 2ft  if I recall and is sold.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

A fair wind

It is so far a lovely morning and on a day like this I remember our last yacht, painted above.
With a good wind she would take off and sail like a racing dinghy. Anyway we have a thousand memories that are less demanding and a lot cheaper to keep.

Unfortunately with this dry spell it is a day for sorting out the garden!

Friday, 4 August 2017

An old dog

I am taking two dogs out a the moment as we are looking after Jac's mom for a few days. She is pictured above. At 14 years she is going very well and is often mistaken for a puppy due to her size.
Personally I think the grey muzzle gives it away.

Yesterday I met up with Chris Williams ( a cabinet maker and expert in furniture restoration) and had a good chat about a mutual friend John Brown.

I did my degree course with John. He was like me a mature student nearly twice the age of the tutors. We were both quite "questioning, sceptical, cynical maybe ?" I guess life does that to you. So when shown a tank of oil and told it was something special and cutting edge we both agreed it was... a tank of oil!

Anyway we both enjoyed the course, which I guess I should point out was a degree course in fine art. John was ( he passed away a couple of years ago ) a real character who had an interesting personal life and an abundance of skills particularly when it came to joinery, boat building furniture and chair making. I had a pleasant hour or so reminiscing and it brought back some good memories.

Today I must do the tax returns!

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Painting of Whitesands Bay

This is a painting of Whitesands Bay in Pembrokeshire.  It was a commission if I remember rightly for a couple's wedding anniversary. He had proposed to her on the beach during the War.

Yesterday we took grandchild number 7 ( I think ) to the cinema. The film was Disreputable Me or some such. He obviously loved it but it completely passed me by. Still a pleasant evening and he had a good time.