Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Terms of Endearment


The painting above of the Queen at the Waverely Stores, Carmarthen, was just something I did for Sue the owner. The Queen and the Duke didn't actually go there but maybe they should have.

Anyway we have been away for a few days in Ludlow and the place was occupied by a good number of "Midlanders", Brummies , Black Country ... I like the accent but Alex is less keen.

Now when I was growing up it was customary for the bus conductress to refer to everyone as,"Luv."
Similarly in shops it was,"Luv or Sweetheart." Nowadays there is a drive to sanitise the language and remove all terms of endearment from casual conversation on the basis that they are sexist...or whatever.

Well I was never offended by being called, "Luv or Sweetheart." in fact I find it reassuringly friendly and warming. So when we went to Ludlow and found ourselves still reffered to as, "Luv or Bab," it was conforting to know that the process of sterilising the language had not yet reached the Midlands.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Yacht in the Milford Haven


Our friend Tony dropped around yesterday. The painting above is one I did of him on his yacht in the Haven. One thing I dislike when painting is having to put in lettering. It can kill a painting if not done in keeping with the subject and in many cases is better left out. This one turned out okay. When we first took up sailing he took us all out on his yacht and regaled us with stories and filled the children's minds with adventure.

Natalino also got in touch he is our ornithological friend from Malta who came to see a bull finch. Unfortunately they went missing on the days he was over here.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Bro Myrddin


This is an old painting of Ysgol Bro Myrddin (Welsh Secondary School) when it was in Richmond terrace. I think I did it for one of our children (who went there ).

It was pretty run down by the time the school was moved to a new site outside town.

Mr Evans was the headmaster when our children were there. A real gentleman.  They must have made an impression (although I am not sure what sort of impression) as he still remembers them all by name and asks after them when we see him.


Monday, 22 August 2016

Fishing Boat


I did the little fishing boat on a small piece of board that was left in the corner. I had time one day and painted it quickly on a piece less than 2" x  3". So it is what it is and passed half an hour for me.

I was going to cut the grass today but fortunately it is too wet. Grandchildren tomorrow so I am hoping for better weather later in the week to get out painting.








Sunday, 21 August 2016

Colour Palette


Whenever I look at a painting I always tend to break it down. trying to understand how an artist has made it. How they arrived at the composition and what palette of colours they used.

I have often experimented with differing colour palettes and produced many boards with experimental variations over the years. A limited palette is key to my mind in producing a successfull painting.

I have even tried  the Zorn palette occasionally, but not particulalry successfully. The Zorn palette is the name for the very limited palette used by Anders Zorn (1860- 1920). It comprised of a black a white and probably cadmium red and yellow ochre.

Now I choose my palette according to my subject but from a small range of hues, generally no more than half a dozen including Titanium White and no black.

Yesterday I walked to town as usual to get our food shopping from Lidl's. I was standing in the crowded checkout loading my basket when the cashier said, "Is that Desmond Dekker?"
Finally I realised everyone was looking at me and it dawned on me it was my phone!

Link  Get up in the morning...

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Mwnt Beach and Church


I have now completed the commission of Mwnt I was working on (pictured above). I will "probably" be working outside again for my next painting, but not today! .

At some stage I should thank Tim Berners Lee for his assistance in my work. Tim is the inventor of the internet and I owe much of my sales to his invention and to Mr Google. Because of them I  have the ability to both showcase my work and see other peoples work without leaving the comfort of my own home.

So thanks guys!

(Yes I know there is no Mr Google. It was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin.)

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Beach and Church of the Holy Cross at Mwnt


This is the commission I am working on this week on the easel. It is quite large being around 2.5ft x 1.5 ft when finished and framed. It shows the Beach and Church of the Holy Cross at Mwnt. I need it to dry a bit now out before continuing. I will be putting in some beach with surf and vegetation and possibly a few sheep in the foreground?

Today all being well I am going off to Ferryside to paint with my work experience student.