Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Laugharne morning mist

This is my second nocturne of the week, a painting of "Laugharne morning mist". It is not easy taking a photograph of a dark painting that is still wet but that's the best I can do. I have seen this sight on many occasions in the past as the tide comes in prior to us leaving in our little yacht on the ebb.

This is also on a block canvas which does make life a bit simpler in many ways. (postage, no framing...). I have no real preference either way in regard to whether a painting is better framed or on a deep canvas what matters to me is the picture in it.

Now we have grandchildren ahh...half term...

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Painting of Sunset over the Gower

The sunset at Tenby last night reminded me of this painting I did a while back. It was a commission showing the sunset over the Gower from Machynys.

I got a bit of turps in my eye the other day and I don't recommend it. Pretty much better now. Still always serves as a good reminder to be careful with oils and solvents.


Friday, 21 October 2016

Painting of Llansteffan by moonlight

I have said in recent posts I wished to do a few more nocturnal and late scenes. This is the first painting, Llansteffan by moonlight. I also decided to use up some colours I don't ordinarily include. I have drawfuls of oil paints which are rarely used such as viridian, cadmium red, and vermillion. So I thought I would use up a good quantity of viridian and cadmium red in this ( any two complimentary colours can be the basis for different shades of grey!).

I did it on a good quality deep edge box canvas for a change.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Painting of Oxwich Castle

Here is one of the commissions I have been working on this week. It shows Oxwich Castle on the Gower.

I was painting away merrily the other day when Mrs Cox a.k.a.  Alex came from the office into the studio holding out the palm of her saying,
"Whats this?"

I looked at the blue blotted hand and replied,"I would say it was French Ultramarine."

I got the look that could launch a thousand ships in the opposite direction.

Unfortunately she then looked down at the carpet (Yes I like some comfort in my studio).
 Whats that ? She interrogated.
"Alizarin Crimson?" I ventured.

"That had better not be trodden through the house."
Fortunately the carpet next to the studio is dark red akin to Alizarin Crimson so any paint didn't show..

Ah the hazards of being an artist (or husband).

Our youngest daughter came up with some good news, 25% off 6 bottles of wine in Tesco!!
And we are out going for an Italian..

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Wednesday, 19 October 2016


Following on from yesterdays post here are a few nocturns.  I am starting a new commission today.
We had the AGM of the co-operative last night. Alex has been decorating and Jac is chilled out.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016


It was still dark when Jac and I went out this morning. Jac and I don't have variations of BST we just have an in built  GMT clock and consequently go out the same time dark or light. The above is a photograph although it could equally make a good painting.

The moon was out and the reservoir was dark but quiet and peaceful. I have been meaning to do some more atmospheric and tonal works but as yet haven't got around to it as I have had other work to do.
I have finished one commission which was a portrait and not something I normally undertake these days. Anyway I did  agree to this one and it is done. I am quite pleased with it and hope the customer is.

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Nolton Stables Ponies

The above painting is of onies on Druidstone beach and is sold. It is pretty quiet in the gallery at the moment. I am ticking over however with internet sales and commissions (currently I have two on the go).
I am supposed to be redecorating in the house too but this is taking a bit of a backward step. With the onset of winter I can now at least finally call a halt to cutting the grass!"!