Monday, June 18, 2018


This set of table and benches outside the Kingdom Crafts in Llandudno have been painted in beautiful colours.

 Spidermen on the castle walls.
Pick me and eat me in Conwy and the strawberries are ripe for picking.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Work in progress

 If you look carefully at this work it has 2001 written stitched on it, 17 years ago and it's almost finished. All that needs doing is stitch it together. It's an A4 size folder to hold the sketches I made at Plas Tan y Bwlch. It opens in the centre and is inspired by a wall at Plas with moss and fern growing in between the stones.
These two pieces are to be stitched inside the top two and I've used a favourite design of mine that can be seen here and there in the house. I believe it has been taken from a book of designs popular at the time the Manor was built and the same design can be seen in Chester too.

The same design has been used here as well. I went up to my loft looking for another almost finished piece of work that I thought could be used for a book page I need for SerenTex. I could not find that one but am pleased to have found this and after 17 years of waiting, it will be finished.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Ruffled feathers

My Rooster looks very bedraggled and worse for wear doesn't he? Has he been fighting? Someone has ruffled his feathers, but maybe he's just finding all those hens a bit too much.
We've had a lot of rain here this afternoon, but I just love the way those roofs in the town gleam after the rain. I'm sure it would be very difficult to try and paint those.

Friday, June 15, 2018

The Rooster's beautiful feathers

I was looking down at him and it took my breath away seeing how the feathers changed colour and glinted in the sun. It looks more like a sort of spiral pattern than a rooster in this one.

When you live in a seaside town Seagulls can be a such a nuisance. They nest on the rooftops, and keep you awake at night, they raid the bins and are very dangerous once the chicks start to fly out of the nest. But they look so beautiful and clean I have to forgive them and I feel a session of Seagull paintings coming on.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Still painting

Here she is again and I'm becoming quite fond of her now. i should have called the 'Cockerel' a 'Rooster'. It sounds much more dignified I think. As my first language is Welsh I hadn't realized there was a difference until I asked one of my sons. This Rooster had a bevy of hens around him when I took these photos but I think this one seemed to be his favorite.

This is what thee estuary look like tonight and the weather forecast is not good either. Painting weather for a couple of days perhaps?

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Another painting

She was  bit of a challenge and not all that easy to paint fast and furious. If I spend a long time painting a subject I find myself getting too detailed and want to paint in every single thing I can see.

What a beautiful day for fishing.

Seagulls enjoying the sunset.

Monday, June 11, 2018


Here is the 4th in this series of cockerels. I'm having a lot of fun here and painting has stopped me reading my Kindle for hours every day.
These sunny evenings are wonderful and I could sit looking out for hours. The bridge was painted last year and it looks good with the sun shining on it.

The cormorant is waiting for his supper I would imagine.

The Boss

Here is the third in the series and I'm getting to know him better each time I pick up my brush.
Last night's sunset above Deganwy Quay Hotel.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

More Painting

This one looks rather vicious and I think he's protecting his hens. There is one very pretty white hen he seems fond of and a few speckled hens as well. This is painted in an A5 journal.

Google Photos is quite useful bringing up  photos taken at the same time 2 or 3 years ago. I would never remember what I'd been doing and the photos would be forgotten. The photos above were taken at Bodnant Gardens 2 years ago with hundreds more worth re-looking at.

The Castle that evening is like a pink birthday cake and below is the sky that reflected on it as the sun went down at the other side of my view.

Saturday, June 09, 2018


It's a wonderful morning here in Conwy and I should be out enjoying the sunshine as i have done all week, but I needed to prepare a page for one of the SerenTex books. I decided to paint this cockerel, I used acrylic paint and took up my paintbrush for the first time in many years and thoroughly enjoyed it. I need to develop this idea and produce something stitchy perhaps or maybe a collage? I'm definitely

going to continue playing with this theme in one of my journals.

Gathering mussels and a backbreaking job on such a lovely morning.

It must be a wonderful morning for a Sightseeing Cruise on the river.
The castle in the sunshine. The greens are spectacular.
The other half of Conwy Castle yesterday morning with around a dozen men working on the walls. It should soon be without scaffolding once again.