Thursday, 14 May 2020

Lockdown in London.

I came to London on St Davids Day to stay with my family. Within a matter of days we were all settling into a routine no-one had predicted with no clear end date in sight. The grim weather of February gradually gave way to sunshine and warm days and being able to spend time in the garden was bliss. Meanwhile my cat stays in the cattery in Cardiff until restrictions are lifted and I can collect her and take her home with me.

Saturday, 25 January 2020

The Little Picture Show.

It's January and the skies are dark and grey outside. It rains incessantly and there's little colour to see in the landscape. I'm drawing on all the vivid images from sunnier days stored in my mind for such a moment and my palette reflects this. Two pictures for The Little Picture Show at the Albany next month. Measuring just 20 x 30 cms, they still take as much work as the larger canvases I normally use.

                                             Reasons To Be Cheerful (2). Oil on Canvas.

   Yesterday. Oil on Canvas.

The New Year.

A lot of things got in the way of work last year.  Losing my old Mercedes in July was a blow and I spent too long wishing I hadn't parked in that particular street at that particular time and why did a man just happen to lose control of his car that morning ploughing into mine while I was elsewhere! I wasted time trying to find a replacement but gave up in the end realising that nothing could take the place of a car that came travelling with me across Europe to the South of France and back every summer for fourteen years sometimes making a detour to see my family in Frankfurt. I thought I would have it for ever. It was October before I gave up looking and bought a completely different car.

Friday, 15 November 2019

Grey landscapes.

It's November and very grey everywhere. With not a lot of colour around I'll have to work with what I have. I'm focussing my attention on three canvases for The Little Picture Show at the Albany Gallery in February. An odd glimpse or two of sun shining through the clouds could trigger memories of the summer and release bright images to add some cheer to my paintings. Failing that I'll rely on memories of long balmy days in France where the intensity of colours never failed to excite and inspire me.

                                                Return To The Village. Oil on canvas.

Saturday, 13 July 2019

Take a Break

                                          Take a Break. Oil on canvas.

Albany Gallery Summer Show. 4th July -17th August 2019.

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Bougainvillea and Mimosa.

Two plants which conjure up the South of France for me. Mimosa I had as a surprise present a year ago; I couldn't quite believe it at the time. It's now strong and sturdy, surviving snow and even producing flowers during the freezing temperatures last year. The Bougainvillea plants I found in the local super-market a couple of days ago. I could never have imagined in my wildest dreams that I could possess these plants in Wales. So many times I gazed with envy at people in the market in Montcuq walking away with Mimosa plants and longed to take one home with me. Bougainvillea instantly brings to mind images of the French Riviera, of garden walls along the coast glowing with the vibrancy of bougainvillea flowers.  Possessing these plants seemed even more remote yet here they are sitting on my dining room table. Who knows if they will survive but I'm hopeful!

Wednesday, 3 October 2018