Moon rising over Mumbles Head


The weather has been miserable over the last week, mist and murk, so I haven’t been able to get out drawing. Instead I’ve been finishing a few paintings that have been hanging about in the studio for far too long. This one is another oil painting of Mumbles Head with the setting sun catching the lighthouse and the moon rising. It’s 10 inches square painted on canvas board.

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Worm’s Head, Rhossili

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I know I’ve neglected this blog for some time now, so here is a new painting fresh off the easel. I recognise that my style of painting hasn’t changed, and neither has my mental attitude and approach to painting. With this in mind, I have been considering in which direction I would like my work to develop. I am trying to be more generous in my application of oil paint, use larger brushes and to enjoy the qualities of the medium for its own sake and allow the paint to do its own thing and to embrace the ‘happy accidents’. I do feel I no longer want to be so rigidly attached to the forms I see in front of me, and to explore my feelings more, feelings of actually being out there in the landscape – the sounds, the smells and the warm sun and the cool salty breeze on my face – the total immersive experience. Eventually I hope to develop a more personal aesthetic, rather than focussing on making an objective topographical record of what I see in the landscape.

I have been experimenting with mark-making in my sketchbook and a looser style of  drawing using a variety of tools and materials, and now need to translate that into paint – more of that to come soon.

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Rhossili cliffs and Worm’s Head


An oil painting of the dramatic cliffs at Rhossili, Gower, with Worm’s Head in the distance painted against the light and finished today. It’s on 10 inch square canvas board.

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Three Cliffs, high tide, summer morning


This is a reworking of a painting I completed and posted here last June. Not sure if it’s an improvement! It’s another 10inch square oil painting on canvas board.


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Mumbles, November light

An oil painting of Mumbles Head looking across Bracelet Bay towards the lighthouse on a grey, damp, November morning. Ten inches square on canvas board.IMG_1446

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Frames from St Ives, Cornwall

An oil painting of Langland Point finished today. Not the first time I’ve tackled this subject, and it’s one I now paint from memory. The second painting I completed some time ago en plein air at Porthmeor Beach in St Ives.

IMG_1439IMG_1440I bought these simple tulip-wood frames on a trip to St Ives, Cornwall. I like these frames but unfortunately I can’t get the same locally in south Wales. It seems it is a style peculiar to St Ives, so whenever I go there I stock up and make paintings to fit.

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Late afternoon, Three Cliff Bay, Gower


This is one of the ‘classic’ views looking down upon Three Cliff Bay on the Gower Peninsula, the first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in the UK.

The warm colours reflect the late afternoon April sunshine. Oil painting on canvas on board, 31 x 31 cm.

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