Thursday, 29 June 2017

Painting of the Boathouse


The above painting of Boathouse Laugharne sold this week. It was a fairly large painting that had been hanging on my wall and not exhibited.

 If paintings are in my studio for a while unframed there is always a temptation to add or change things as you see the painting with different eyes on another day. This is why it is always difficult to know when a painting is finished. It is a common worry with artists.

There is always of course the risk that the painting could be ruined. This is more the case in my experience with portraits. The portrait may be made up of a thousand brush marks but the last one may be crucial and changing it may take away the likeness or spontaneity.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Painting of Solva


I was going to post a painting I have in my studio of Solva but I seem to have not photographed it.
So I have posted the one above which is sold instead.

We have picked most our gooseberries although they aren't quite ripe. Last year we left them and they were completey stripped. The culprits Blackbirds! There are still a few left and from the kitchen window I can see the odd blackbird under the bushes tucking into them.


Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Day on the Beach


With the change in the weather I thought I would post the painting above of a "Day at the Beach".
If I recall correctly it was never framed and went in a clear out. I am not sure why now but anyway!

We have a busy time this week with various commitments so I am not sure what I will get done painting wise. Last time I saw Alex she was under a pile of ironing.


Monday, 26 June 2017

Whats in a name


The painting above is the one I was working on last week of Llansteffan Beach in Summer.

I don't know if you have seen these things advertised that answer everything and do everything for you.

"What is the weather today Alexa?"
"Put this on my shopping list Alexa?"

Well I think they might want to change the name.

I tried, "Put this on my shopping list Alex," and Mrs Cox told to get off my backside and do it myself.

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Sunday, 25 June 2017

Motorway


The other day I was in the car with Alex and every traffic light we came to was on green for me. I turned to her and said,

"I feel like Jeremy Corbyn."

She replied,"Err  I think you mean James Corden."

Oh well, anyway

 What have my wife and Jeremy Corbyn got in common?

They both like to spend money they haven't got!


The painting above is of the M4 on a bad day done a couple of years ago.


Saturday, 24 June 2017

Carmarthenshire Farmhouse


Over this heat wave Alex and I had a lovely day with our eldest's family and after lunch we went for a walk. I caught this view of the house and decided it would make a nice composition. Anyway I did the painting from a sketch, shown below.


Friday, 23 June 2017

Painting Llansteffan


I started a painting today having finally decided it was comfortable enough to get in to the studio. I am doing a painting of Llansteffan as they tend to be quite popular. I like this view and do it quite often. The one above was done on site. I haven't finished the studio painting as yet which is 3 times the size.

This morning Mal Pope on Radio Wales told the story of our eldest's wedding. Briefly it went like this.

The wedding was in Tenby and we arrived at our Hotel an hour before the service and went to our room to get changed.

 I quickly changed but Mrs Cox was getting quite flustered. She hadn't got her shoes for the wedding and for some apparent reason I was getting the blame.

To be honest I thought she looked fine in her new dress, new hairdo, fascinator and trainers!


Thursday, 22 June 2017

A Lucky Escape



The watercolour of a tug was one I did a good while back and never got framed.  

I have never been great at sport although I have always enjoyed participating and watching. There are exceptions. I can't watch golf, tennis, swimming, darts or athletics but love watching rugby and a bit of village cricket. My hand eye co-ordination is probably a bit slow although I did a bit of boxing and karate for a good few years. I have to say there is a good incentive to be quick particularly if like me you don't like being hit.

Anyway the other day we had a lovely afternoon at our sons house and after a good al fresco lunch I sat watching one of the grandchildren kicking his football around.

 Although he is only somewhere around 3? he was very impressive. Anyhow he misjudged a kick and it ran off down drive which is on a steep hill.  I got up and ran/jogged off after it. Fortunately it got stuck in the ditch halfway down.

I perhaps unwisely decided to give it a big kick up the drive and surprisingly it went like a rocket just as the little Gareth Bale came around the corner of the drive running towards me. In a flash I had visions of him being struck in the face, knocked over, crying, repercussions, me in the dog house. 

I watched in stunned silence as the ball flew and curved down towards his face. He ducked down, flicked it on with his head and ran after it! I breathed a sigh of relief and made a note to self not to play football with toddlers.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Watercolour of Llansteffan


The above is a watercolour I did of Llansteffan about 5 or 6 years ago of Llansteffan in the summertime.

I have been intending to do some painting this week but I walked into the studio and it was like an oven and outside is too hot for me. So I am keeping out of the sun and trying to keep cool.




Sunday, 18 June 2017

Summers Day Llansaint


The above watercolour is of the Church in Llansaint.Our daughter used to live there and so I did a few paintings around there most of which sold. There is or was a council information board with one of my paintings on it. I am not sure if it still there.

I really must get around to doing some more work as my stock is pretty low now. I normally have about 60 paintings framed but it is less than half of that now. There are even spaces on my living room wall.

Anyway a lovely day today and will see some of the family for lunch.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Bygone Days


Now if we still had our boat we would be down on the Haven passing the shipping and out to the Islands. Those were great days. I loved watching the shipping and seeing the tugs doing their work, like Anglegarth above. The painting is sold.

Anyway those days are gone although I still have a few paintings to remind me.

So I guess its out with the lawnmower!


Friday, 16 June 2017

Personalities


I was asked the other day who I would most like to meet if I could. Over the years I have dealt with and met a good number of personalities, royalty, politicians and media people.

I have also met a lot of interesting people. Sorry that's a bit unfair. I have a lot of time for Prince Charles ( I am not sure he feels the same about me!) also I couldn't hold a candle to a number of the others too. Of all of them I really liked David Blunkett.

Anyway who would I most like to meet. There are any number of artists who are now deceased Carravagio ( a real bad boy but a great painter),  Augustus John and Ford Maddox Brown to name but three. But I would kind of like to meet John Prescott. Why? Well he is a real character and I am sure he would be very entertaining and could give a very good inside account of British politics.

The painting above is of Carreg Cennen Castle and is sold. 

A solid enough performance from Wales today to beat Tonga.Can't believe Jamie Roberts was penalised for an apparent high tackle. Pity Sam Davies had a bad day kicking as I think it would have been a better game in the end. 

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

A break from it all


We have been away for 10 days in the Cotswolds. It was nice to not watch the TV and avoid all the election stuff. Although we did vote I am fairly luke warm about it all. During my lifetime there have been 15 or so parties in government. During all that time I cannot directly attribute our circumstances to any change in party or government. I have met many politicians they all seem very personable (even the ones you wouldn't touch with a barge pole). Have any of them made any difference at all ?
Probably not. (With of course the negative exception of those that  took us to war in particular Mr Blair and later Mr Cameron who decided to bomb Libya).

Look at the USA when President Obama came to power much was expected of him. That word "change" was the watchword. In reality I fear nothing has changed for the majority of poor in the USA.

I was particularly perturbed at all the negativity anger and hatred that was on social media during the run up to this election. Passion is one thing but personal abuse is another. It was all very disappointing.

There isn't a party that reflects my opinions and beliefs. For what its worth I have quite socialist views on education and social issues with strong opinions on law and defence.

Anyway we were glad to get away from it all to read, walk oh and I did listen to the rugby on the radio!

While we were away a painting of Llansteffan sold but I thought I'd post a painting of the Cotswolds instead.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Mwnt


The other day we went to Gwbert with our youngest daughter and her children. We had a pleasant walk and the children played on the beach in a littel cove where we were visited by a seal. It reminded me we hadn't been to Mwnt for a while. Mwnt with its little church is only around the corner passed Cardigan Island and would have been a pleasant walk. Unfortunately you have to divert a bit way from the coast as access is problematic.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Painting of still life


I have done a few still life paintings. One advantage is that the subjects don't move! The other is you can do it indoors.

I resisted the temptation to do this with a traditional dark background and made a more modern painting. No we didn't eat the crab it was smelling a bit by the time I finished. THe bottel we dug up in our garden in Brecon.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Burry Port Inner Harbour


We went along to Burry Port the other day to watch one of our grandsons play football. The place has changed a great deal over the last 10 years. It now has a marina with overlooking apartments and plenty of leisure area. I painted the above picture about 7 or 8 years ago? This is the inner harbour and is pretty much the same.

Burry Port is where Amelia Earhart landed after her transatlantic crossing.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Portrait of a Lieutenant


I don't do portraits now but I have done a few in the past. This was a commission of a deceased relative of the customer from a black and white photoas I recall.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Watercolour of Harlech Castle


This is a watercolour I did from our campsite when we visited Harlech about 5 years ago. I have left out a few buildings and objects that detracted from the composition. The painting is sold.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Painting of Criccieth


We used to take our camper every March up to North Wales. Criccieth was a favourite spot. Youoften saw dolphins in the bay and Jac loved the beach. The situation is similar to Llansteffan with the castle on a prominent rocky outcrop.

The painting is sold.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Llandeilo


I haven't done many paintings of Llandeilo but this is one of them. It shows the Railway Bridge and river. It is not the usual view that is painted but I feel it contains the essence of the place.

The painting is sold but we have sold a number of prints of this one.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Painting of Anglegarth off St. Annes Head


This was one of my favourite paintings. It shows the Tug Anglegarth off St. Annes Head. I did it a few years back and it sold quickly. Not every ones choice of subject I know but I did a lot of shipping back then. I kind of wish I had kept it. Oh well.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Gulls and cliffs


I occasionally do watercolours. The one above is a mixture of wet in wet technique and dry on top. It gives a soft atmospheric feel appropriate for the subject. This was quite a large watercolour which can be difficult to control and prevent cockling (the wrinking of a paper that means, in my eyes anyway the painting should be thrown away). Its all down to preparation and a bit of luck!

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Painting of the Dunbrody


When I was in Ireland at the weekend we passed New Ross and I saw an old friend I had previously painted. The replica famine ship Dunbrody is alongside the wharf there. I had painted her under sail in moonlight about 10 years ago. The painting is sold. Anyway it was nice to see her albeit we were only passing through.

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."
  Pause.
"Mom where's the tumble dryer?"

It is not hereditary.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Marloes


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.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Blackpool Mill


I heard recently that Blackpool Mill Pembrokeshire is now subject to a planning application for a holiday company to bring it back to life. If this is done tastefully then I can see it would be a benefit to the area bringing jobs and a purpose to the old building. I did the watercolour a good few years back on a walk.

I no longer have the painting.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Gulls on the shoreline


The above painting shows the flocks of gulls and other sea birds on the shoreline at Cefn Sidan.
Jac always runs at them and they mock him flying in circles until he has run out of steam.
The painting is a few years old and is sold.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Llansteffan Church



This is a watercolour and ink of the Church at Llansteffan. I was commissioned to do this although I cannot recall who it was for. I have given permission for the image to be used on wedding invitations on a couple of occasions.  It is not possible to get a photograph of this view as there are trees in the way and I had to virtually remove them to do the painting.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Painting of Crow on foreshore


You don't just get seabirds on the beach and the dark colours of crows and rooks make a good contrast to a very light beach particulary if you include a reflection.
The picture is a simple one but has its own charm. It is sold.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Grandchildren



When we have grandchildren we often find the best place to let them run wild is on the beach and we have several nearby. It is a good time to get a quick watercolour sketch.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Sea Birds and Cliffs Pembrokeshire


This is another watercolour scene inspired by the Pembrokeshire Coast. The painting is sold.
It is a different palette to my normal colours.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Painting of Yacht on its moorings


I have been commissioned to paint all sorts of things including restaurant signs to artists impressions of proposed buildings along with designing logos etc all interesting but now I limit myself to just paintings. The above commission was done a few years ago of a yacht on its moorings for its owner.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Walking the dog in the rain.





Ah well a bit of rain never did any harm and we have had a good few days of warmth and sunshine so no complaints. The painting above shows a walk by the sea with the dog. It was done a couple of years ago and  is sold.

There is an election on and I am fed up with it already. It's hardly worth turning on the TV or listening to the radio. The sooner its all over the better.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Painting of Broadhaven



The above painting of Broadhaven sold this week. A lovely spot on the Pembrokeshire Coast.
We have camped not far from here and walked the coastal path. We have also sailed across the bay on many occasions.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Coastal watercolour



I did the above watercolour a few years ago it when we still had a sailing boat. The Coast of Pembrokeshire is inspirational from the land and the sea.  I like this style of watercolour as it makes the most of an atmospheric subject. The sea birds were drawn in first with masking fluid and then some areas for the breaking water. Then watercolours were added to a wet sky. Rocks were added on a dry surface then the sea. Then the masking fluid was rubbed off leaving white paper.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Reading half a book


I only really read books when I am on holiday. I find so many other things to do when I am at home I really don't get around to reading especially as I like to read the book pretty well all through. I can generally read a book in a day or day and a half.

For some reason I started to read a book yesterday. It was about a Ship of War during the Wars with the French. The first three chapters were good as the ship tried to outrun two French Frigates.

Then the next couple of chapters were about a family at home in England. Basically the affairs of three sisters in what probably passes as romance.  Now if I wanted to read a period novel about the affairs of a middle class family I would choose one of the Bronte Sisters.

Not to be be put off I decided to read half the book and skip all the chapters that were about three sisters. And it worked. The painting was done a good number of years back as an exercise and is based on the clippers by Montague Dawson.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Painting of fishing boat TN 10


I fancied a change of subject so I have painted a fishing boat against the harbour wall. This gave a lot of contrast which made for a good composition. The actual harbour was Saundersfoot although I believe the fishing registration "TN 10" is Troon. Anyway it came out ok.

At the weekend Alex went to Bristol to visit our eldest and see two grandchildren. It was a birthday celebration and Alex took a lot of photos outside of our youngest granddaughter. It was very sunny and it can be difficult oe impossible to see the screen on a phone when taking pictures so she took a lot. Anyway when she finally got to look at them she found she had taken endless selfies! (obviously unbeknown to her she had selected the wrong lense).

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Painting of Bluebell Woods



It was an excellent day yesterday. I delivered a ton of cards and had a lovely walk on the beach with Jac.
I was informed the above painting had sold and found a new owner. Then I went to Parc Y Scarlets. The family pretty well take up one row and sat in the sunshine on a balmy day where we had a feast of outstanding rugby. Well done Scarlets.

I woke up this morning and wondered if it had all been a dream, but no real enough.

On days like these.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Scarlets v Ospreys


Ah yes well today I have to deliver cards to the Village Stores Llansteffan and take advantage of the beach for Jac to have a run. Then I am taking to of the grandchildren to watch the Scarlets and Ospreys. There are a number of the family going and we pretty much have a row of seats. It should be a good game of rugby.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Painting of City Hall Cardiff


The above painting is of City Hall Cardiff. I am not sure why I painted it but Cardiff is one of my favourite cities. We enjoy going there to watch the rugby and we always take time to visit the National Museum which has a fabulous collection of paintings.

I did a series of paintings in this format for an exhibition a couple of years back and I think it is somewhere in the house.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Reflection


I was wondering what I could post today. May be its a day for measured reflection. There is a lot of uncertainty and danger currently. So I thought about all those that have sacrificed for us to live a full and hopefully peaceful life. 

The painting above is one I did of the memorial to those that died from Kidwelly but it could be from any town or village across the country.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Painting


One of the questions I am always asked is how do you paint?  Do you work from a photograph?

Well the truth is, it depends.

I am happy to work direct from the subject standing outside with my easel. Last year 60 % of my paintings were done like that.



I am happy to work from a sketch.


I also work from photographs but here is the thing.  I use them as an aid. I use them to provide information as a "reference" The finished painting will not be a duplicate of the photograph, it will not have the same colours but it will be used to provide information on the shapes and proportions of the subject. I am quite often commissioned to work from a photograph or a series of photographs. 

The difficulty in all these methods arises in the amount of detail available to work from.

Artists work in different ways to produce their work and they are all equally valid in my opinion.