Monday, 20 February 2017

Painting of Paxton's tower

This is the commission I was working on last week, a painting of Paxton's Tower. The tower overlooks the Towy Valley. It needs a bit of work to bring a solid grey stone building to life. I have done this with quite a bit of under painting.

I intend doing a couple more paintings to make up my stock next. I have finished the table for Alex so, happy days!

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Professor Stephen Westaby and the Honours System

Yes I like old things, fortunately so does the wife! This is a painting of a local vintage show. It was done a few years ago and is sold. I had been intending to post my latest commission but I need decent light to photograph it.

This morning I listened to an interview of Professor Stephen Westaby. He is a heart surgeon. Now I confess it is an area that I have no interest in or much previous knowledge. Before I go further I will state my views on the current honours system. It is moribund. I believe that an Honours System should be non political and given only to people who have made an outstanding contribution to society and mankind. Not celebrities, cronies or civil servants. Here is one such genuine candidate for my Honours List.

Professor Westaby has undertaken over 11,000 heart operations. When he started in the 1970's only two in three patients undergoing heart surgery would survive. With medical advances this is now 98 patients in a hundred who are likely to survive. Professor Westably gave a breakdown of his average day:

Up at 5am to do his ward rounds.
Then in the Operating Theatre for heart operations
After surgery into the laboratory to work on the production of a new artificial heart

He was the first surgeon to fit a small impeller driven pump in  heart replacement surgery in a terminally ill man. This patient lived another 7 years before tragically dying of another cause. The cost of this heart made I believe in USA precludes the NHS from using it. Professor Westaby is now working with a team at Swansea University to produce an "affordable" artificial heart for use in the NHS.

This is just a summary but you get the picture. This is the type of person that should be honoured and people who dedicate their lives to raising money for charity or community service. Not personalities who use their wealth to try and buy recognition with photo opportunities using charity as a means to an end.  Maybe the odd exceptional sportsman (or woman). Richard Parkes comes to mind. Oh and certainly no artists!!

Sorry all a bit deep there today.

Saturday, 18 February 2017


Mrs Cox collects Mandalay crockery, well she did anyway and I have occasionally taken to painting it. The above still life is sold. The weird silver item is a sugar shaker.

I have just about finished this weeks commission subject to any changes the customer may wish.

I have a couple of doors to paint in the house now and finish making a side table Alex wants.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Lock on the canal

The above painting of a lock near Brecon sold a few years back. I have many happy memories of the canals having spent a lot of my youth navigating most of them in an old lifeboat. We got friendly with a fine professional painter who lived on a narrow boat. He had a pleasant life but eventually retired to Southern Ireland in his old age. I learnt much from him.

I got one of the grandchildren to paint a version of the above picture when he was six and he did a very good job too. Talking of grandchildren it is one of those dreaded Inset days today and either a herd of buffalo have arrived or we have a houseful of grandchildren to look after for the day!! No painting today.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Countryfile White Park Cattle.

We quite often watch Countryfile and it was interesting to see Dinefwr on Sunday with an interesting 10 minutes on the White Park Cattle. The painting above was the result of a series of sketches I did when visiting one day. This is the only close up painting I have of them, more out of personal interest than anything else. 

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Daffodils and Spring Flowers

I rarely paint flowers but here is an exception and appropriate for today. It is an old painting that sold about 10 years ago.

Daffodils are out its Valentines day and Spring is around the corner, well hopefully (and yes I know Spring doesn't start with a capital as its a common noun, but I feel it should).

Monday, 13 February 2017

Painting of Laugharne Castle and Boathouse

Here is the finished painting of Laugharne Castle and Boathouse. Not much more I can say about it. It is just one for my stock. I have a commission to start today or tomorrow.

Alex is in Spring clean mode so Jac and I are keeping out of the way.