Monday, 29 May 2017

Pro 12 Final - Happy Days

I just spent a weekend in Dublin watching the Pro12 Final between Munster and Scarlets. I went with my son and we had a great time. The weather  was pretty good we had great company and of course the game was spectacular. The little watercolour sketch above shows 3 Scarlets players.

Anyway Happy Days!

Friday, 26 May 2017

HMS Dark Hero

I had intended to post three paintings of Dublin Bay I was commissioned to do about 14 years ago but I can't find the images. Anyway the image above is of a watercolour sketch I did for a painting of a warship that was in the Milfod Haven Waterway for a year or so. I think it was used to tow targets for the range. In the end I never did the painting but I thought the sketch was worth posting in its own right. I believe this may have been HMS Dark Hero?

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Isle of Inishmore

The above painting is an old one of The Isle of Inishmore in The Milford Haven waterway. I have seen the vessel on many occasions but have never been on the ferry to Ireland. I am about to put that right tomorrow. The painting was never framed and eventually discarded to the best of my recollection.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Sketch of Rhian

It is our youngest daughters birthday today and our third youngest grandson so I wish them a happy birthday. Yesterday was spent sorting out an important trip, all arranged now.
We then went to watch the eldest grandson play football. We checked our stock in the gallery and collected the fourth youngest grandchild from school.

Today I have a piano lesson and Alex is making cards.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

St. David's Cathedral

The above painting is of St Davids Cathedral by early morning light. It was done about 10 years ago. The painting is not in my usual style or palette. I don't believe it was ever framed and I no longer have it.

Our 12year old grandson asked his mother, "Where are my socks for school I can't find them?"
"They are in the tumble dryer."
"Mom where's the tumble dryer?"

It is not hereditary.

Monday, 22 May 2017


The above is a painting of Marloes Beach. I did it about 4 years ago and it is sold. Yesterday wasn't a lucky day for me. I (reluctantly) went to mow the lawns (sorry grass). The lawnmower started then stopped with a bit of a mechanical noise. It refused to start and had no real compression so I think it has gone to lawnmower heaven. I then went on my computer and the monitor packed up! I decided not to touch anything else other than a book for the rest of the day.

On the way back from France I was again stopped at passport control and taken away for checking much to the concern of Alex. All was well but it is ironic considering my previous occupation that I am confused with sort some of nefarious ne'er do well.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Red Red Wine

We have been away for a week in Bordeaux where we spent the majority of time visiting wineries.
I am now very knowledgeable about wine production and the different grape varieties. The only real shame is I wasn't really keen on the red wine. I like red wine but the Bordeaux is quite tannin for my personal taste and the more expensive the wine the worse I thought it was! Anyway the white was fine and the Sauternes were good with savoury and sweet food in small quantities. We had a good time and met some lovely people.

We did miss the Scarlets v. Leinster game but our son kept me updated in live time. Brilliant game.

The painting.. is an old one which is still on the wall.