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Bwthyn Study 1

Bwthyn Study 1 | 2018 | Watercolour | 350 x 485 mm This is a watercolour study for a series of paintings I’m working on. It’s based on the interiors of mountain bothies, particularly those in the Cambrian Mountains. These… Continue Reading…

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Does anyone really touch the exhibits?

I came across this lovely exhibition by Claire Barclay (“Deep Spoils” – 24 March – 2 June) in The Mission Gallery, Swansea. The first thing the gallerist said to me was, “please don’t touch the installation; it’s supposed to be… Continue Reading…

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Half Remembered Songs – preview track

Half Remembered Songs – my first album for nearly six years – is nearing completion. Should be ready in a couple of weeks, once I’ve finished mastering the tracks and a few last-minute tweaks. An epic twenty-plus compositions and over… Continue Reading…

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In which the artist (male) huffs and puffs about the (under) representation of female artists

“If You See An Empty Space, Put A Picture In Its Place”. A saying favoured, I suspect, by artists more than curators. But it’s these words that pop into my head as I sail around the Glynn Vivian Gallery in… Continue Reading…

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Window

More from the Bwthyn. Oil and wax on board. 766 x 756mm. March 2018

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Wax and potential for new textures

This is a section of a new(ish) painting (below). It’s the interior of a bwthyn (or bothy) in the Cambrian mountains. An isolated and bleak spot in the winter but idyllic in the summer. The painting is acrylic on a… Continue Reading…

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Everybody likes new paint

Well, at least, I do (and so does the Queen). There’s nothing quite like it, straight from the shop. It may be boring Titanium White and Lemon Yellow but I still get excited. I’d have preferred a luscious Indian Yellow… Continue Reading…

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Wayne Shooting the Stag of Sylvia

Early days but this sketch is a corner of a fairly big canvas in which I shamelessly rip off Claude Lorrain. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ascanius_Shooting_the_Stag_of_Sylvia). There are some subtle differences. His Ascanius had a bow and arrow; my protagonist has a mobile phone.… Continue Reading…

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Fforest

Fforest | 2018 | Oil and wax on board with card, watercolour paper and goldie lookin leaf

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Research

On my ceaseless quest for suitable imagery for painting I came upon this scene in deepest Pembrokeshire. Could this be a useful new direction? I feel more research is necessary.

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Nice place for a tutorial

Relaxing in the double gallery at the School of Art, Aberystwyth, before my tutorial this morning. I’m in good company. Kandinsky, Degas and Cezanne amongst others. Cool iawn! A little gem right in the heart of Aber.

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The Lovers & The Lodgers Are Asleep Round Small Town

This painting emerged late last year. It was a tutorial exercise, to start with. My tutor asked me to paint something without having a finished image in mind. Also, to use structural devices to guide the eye through the narrative… Continue Reading…