Is It Really Spring At Last?
Another favourite is putting in its regular Spring appearance. I bought Tulipa Bakeri many years ago from Broadleigh Gardens in Somerset, a lovely nursery specialising in Spring flowers, bulbs and corm based flowers including their beautiful Pacific Coast and other Iris species, Agapanthus and Lilies.
I love the delicacy of small Spring flowers, like the pretty Wanda primroses here, and I've since added other small species tulips. They are not as flamboyant as their larger cousins but are tougher and easier to naturalise. I also have fritillaries coming into flower. Every day is an adventure.
Evening Walk Penarth Beach
I have finally completed my latest oil on board painting. I love the view across the Bristol Channel, especially the tiny Islands of Flatholm and Steepholm. I confess to inventing the man and dog but there is a reason!
I wanted to create a mood of contemplation, of someone enjoying his own - and his dog's - company in the wonderful soft sound of the lapping sea. It has a similar mood to my painting of Dylan's Boathouse at Laugharne where I kept the colour muted and brooding to try to capture the depth and beauty of his tear-raising poetry with its fragile beauty. Both paintings enjoy a sense of isolation, which I share. A poor tribute but a sincere one.
Dylan's Boathouse at Laugharne