Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Three Cliffs


The above is morning mist at Three Cliffs Bay, on the Gower. The painting is sold. It is a lovely spot but the tide can come in very quickly.

Alex and I have camped here and it is a lovely view from the cliff top.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Dinefwr White Park Cattle Painting.


Okay well I thought I may as well just get on with it. So there it is pretty well finished, a bit of tidying up to do particularly on the background when it has dried out a bit but essentially finished. My version of one of the Dinefwr White Park Cattle.

It is not quite the magnificent majestic paintings by David Cowdry, mine is only 12ins x 10ins but I think I have the character of this animal.

Today is our wedding anniversary 40 something and I thought I would surprise Alex with a request on Radio Wales unfortunately I requested "Moody Blues" for Alex without thinking.  Mal Pope did play a request but pointed out that requesting Moody Blues for my wife was perhaps not appropriate and asking for trouble.  Alex said she was only Moody when awoken at 5.15am to listen to a request!

Monday, 12 September 2016

Dinefwr White Cattle


Following yesterday's post and my recent visit to Dinefwr  I am now thinking maybe I will do a painting of the Dinefwr Longhorn cattle or  maybe one of them. I have drawn them before but not painted them but maybe I am due for a challenge?

Anyway may not be for a few weeks, (thats it don't commit yourself Mark).

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Study of Cattle


The watercolour above is a study of cattle in a field. I was helped by the feeder, but cattle are great to draw as they are slow plodding beasts and are happy to pose for a few minutes allowing you to get the shapes down. They are also iconic in our country side, well they are at the moment although there are  swathes of fields under arable crops with no sign of sheep or cattle in some areas of UK.

Yesterday I went to watch the rugby at the Parc, Carmarthen Quinns v Llanelli. A good game with plenty of running rugby.

Apparently fate has decided I am not to cut my hedges again this year. I had two hedge cutters a small Bosch  hand hedge cutter and a long reach cutter. The Bosch hedge cutter packed up this week and then a family member borrowed the other and now it won't cut anything. Oh well there is an up side to most things.

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Brecon and Monmouth Canal



I had a busy day yesterday. First I went to Cardiff to deliver a painting then I went blackberry picking with Jac. The Jam turned out fine.

I was then contacted by Natur Cymru magazine who wanted to use the above painting of Brecon and Monmouth Canal as a front cover for their autumn edition. (provided I can give them a good high resolution image). I tolled with my camera for an hour or so and think I have got what is needed.

I then made an apple pie from apples in the garden to go with Linguine Leek and blue cheese.

The other day Alex made spag. Bolognese. I finished all I could eat and then gave Jac a couple of mouthfulls off my fork. Our daughter then turned up to collect two wayward grandchildren. I went into the kitchen to see her tucking in to the spag. bol. Jac and I had left using the same fork.
I thought shall I tell her ? No best not.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Havard Chapel Brecon Cathedral


The above watercolour is of the Havard Chapel in Brecon Cathedral. I did it when we were exhibiting in the Cathedral a few years back.  It was a good place to exhibit and we saw a good many friends while we were there.

In some ways I regret we have virtually stopped exhibiting but as they say life is short and you have to prioritise, getting the life work balance right.

Alex has been doing the accounts the last few days and finally the tax returns are done.

I am going to grab my pochade box and go out to celebrate, finding a suitable view.

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Supermarine Spitfire Painting


I decided to do something different. It was raining and no chance of getting out for a couple of days so I did a a Supermarine Spitfire. It is actually a MK 1X with a four blade prop. I wanted to capture the impression of speed as it came towards you with its Merlin engine pulling it along.

 I did draw this out before starting to paint and I had thougth about doing a second Spitfire in the middle distance but changed my mind feeling it was unnecessary.

When I was young I used to go passed the old Castle Bromwhich works that used to assemble Spitfires.  Years later when I first got married we bought much of our belongings from a WD surplus stores at Canon Pyon. The hangar had an old Spitfire outside (and a Hawker Hunter). We bought everything from old pans to an ironing board which served us well for many years. Now I am getting boring and its time to collect one of the grandchildren.