Thursday 27 February 2020


March 8th is your last chance to see Troy: myth and reality at the British Museum.

The show as exciting as 2004 film Troy. In fact a poster with Brad Pitt as a delicious Achilles and Miss Bloom as the cheeky Paris is part of the display. The BM’s exhibition might not gross the film’s box office‎ of ‎$497.4 million. However it does serve as an opportunity for the BM to bring out and display some Roman marble masonry and Athenian bric-a-brac. Chatsworth House and the V&A have generously chipped in to help us enjoy some interesting things on which to gaze (over the shoulders of the hoards).
The Wounded Achilles, on loan from The Devonshire Collections - Chatsworth House 

Delightful Trojan Bric-a-brac

The British Museum remains a delight. Seek out Room 67 - Korea 300 BC to present if you want a real and peaceful treat. Avoid any part of the museum at ground level  - crowded beyond imagination most days.

Saturday 22 February 2020


Every couple of months I run an afternoon art sessions in two local public libraries.

The idea, originally, was to come in an talk about my work, it became readily apparent that people are keener on having a go themselves, ask advice and try out materials that are new to them. (Rather than have me talk about me).

So now I pitch up with paper, materials, water jars and an two simple table sets to draw and the assembled group just get to it. Brilliant!

I never cease to be amazed and excited about what people achieve: lovely, expressive work.

Wednesday 19 February 2020


The road to Croes-goch from Abereiddy: pastel sketch for a painting


Croes-goch lies on one of the pilgrimage routes to St David's cathedral. Nearby, at Mesur y Dorth, a specially carved stone, indicates a spot where people shared their bread before the last stage of their journey. The stone is still clearly visible just to the north of the crossroads. 

The name of the village is thought to originate from a fierce battle, which occurred near the village. The fight resulted in so great a slaughter of men the myth tells river of blood that formed a cross, Croes-Goch translated mean red cross.

The leading painter John Knapp Fisher lived and worked here in Trevigan Cottage until his death in 2015. The cottage is gallery is often open selling prints of his work.  I am greatly inspired by his work, paintings that capture the skies and seas and villages of this remarkable country, characteristic are a tiny collection of cottages, perhaps a chapel, crouched together under a dark sky.

Sunday 16 February 2020


Dryslwyn Castle  Acrylic on Board  30 x 20 cm

From the top of a steep hill on which perches what is left of Dryslwyn Castle you can see the wonderful oxbow curves of the Afon Tywi (River Towy). 

Seventy-five precious miles of lovely waterway, this is the longest river entirely flowing within Wales from the Cambrian Mountains, through steep forests of Tywi and south-westwards into dear Carmarthenshire. Here the river meets up with the River Taf together they into Carmarthen Bay.  

Its lower estuary is guarded by Lansteffan Castle, another Norman bastion of which there are so many hereabouts.

Famed for big sea trout each spring,  Salmo trutta swim up stream to breed in the tributaries. The Towy boasts a population of otters and grey seals are common in the lower reaches, chasing the sea trout and salmon upstream! 

In 1932 angler Alec Allen, fishing the Tywi near Nantgaredig, caught by far the biggest fish ever taken on rod and line in fresh water in Britain. He landed a sturgeon (Acipwienser sturio) weighing 388 lb. and nine feet two inches in length.