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Canisland Woods – a Gower painting

This is the last of the summer wine of a substantial series of oil paintings of a woodland area in Gower Pensinsula between Ilston and Parkmill, which the locals call Cannisland Woods.

It is amazingly beautiful at any time of the year but the light is rarely better than in Winter when it is glassy clear and this helps create … Read the rest

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One Impulse from a Vernal Wood

As this oil painting depicts the end of March and the coming of spring, one of my artloving friends sent me a section of a poem by William Wordsworth which he felt my paintings of this area of Gower expressed to him.

“One impulse from a vernal wood
May teach you more of man;
Of moral evil and of good… Read the rest

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With the Longer Days the Paintings get Bigger!

I work part time as a teacher and have 6 weeks of holidays in the summer.

These means I have more concentrated time to paint.

My paintings grow in size during the summer and I have a chance to explore different artistic themes.

So summer represents a time of greater experimentation and size of paintings, especially my “refractionist” landscapes that … Read the rest

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Self Portrait (after Matisse)

This self portrait is inspired by a painting by Matisse, “The Green Line” or “The Green Stripe”, also known as the Portrait of Madame Matisse,  which was a portrait of his wife. I just loved, the name, the use of different colours in the background and the bold use of different colours on the sitter’s face, particularly the “green line”.… Read the rest

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Sapling Wood

This is another refractionist painting – I was drawn to this painting because I love the colours that come alive not only in misty backgrounds but in backgrounds in the sun, viewed from the more darkened interiors of the wood as in this painting. I love the cool blue of the distance trees and the purple mingling with the ground … Read the rest

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A Word on Technique

I have been asked a lot recently about  the techniques I employ in  my art and will discuss these in more detail in other blogs but below are now summarised accounts on how I treat light and colour at present in my work.

 

Use of light – In my paintings the effect of light is often ‘heightened’ and similar to … Read the rest

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Penmaen Bend

Penmaen Bend Revisited

Penmaen is in the Gower Peninsula, near Swansea. This painting is of a ‘peeking out’ view from a car slipping out of a parking area which serves as a place to park and then walk  down a rubbly, foot twisting lane, which sports a green grassed mohican, to either the bays, Cliffs or Tor.  The view of the road, double … Read the rest