A Summer Place

The sea and sand at duskRed sunset clouds

“Somehow you find

Days that still shine with light.” 

–  From ‘Don’t Need Much to be Happy’,  Mary Chapin Carpenter

Oxwich, Gower at dusk. Photos ©Dark and Bright Art 2016


Bright Sky

sketchbook sky

Sketchbook page. Ink and wax crayon on paper. Lovely new Seawhite sketchbook and inks to play with, both bought online from artesaver.co.uk. Not sponsored, just love them.

Reach out

World quote page

“The world is not respectable, it is mortal, tormented, confused, deluded for ever, but it is shot through with beauty, with love, with glints of courage and laughter.”  – George Santayana

Sketchbook page, watercolour and coloured pencil with collaged text.


Just Like Heaven

Sunset 1

Twilight, Oxwich Point

Sunset Over the Dunes

Evening Towards Three Cliffs

Just returned from a week in Oxwich, Gower. Although the weather was fine, the beach was so quiet that at times it felt like being on a desert island. I’m going to make a painting from the first of these photos.

© Dark and Bright Art 2015


Stormy Skies

Oil on canvas, 61 x 61cm

Sometimes I know when a painting is finished – there’s a sort of “Ta-dah!” moment when there’s not a thing more to be done. Sometimes I’m less sure and have to force myself to down tools or I’ll carry on painting forever. This was one of the latter occasions. I’m going to hide this painting from myself and look at it again in a few weeks’ time.

© Dark and Bright Art 2013

New Paintings

“Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth

And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings…”

From ‘High Flight’ by John Gillespie Magee

Oil on canvas, 20.5 x 39cm

The colours in this are a little brighter in the flesh – photographing paintings in Wales in February is a challenge! Even the lightest room in the house was rather gloomy today. I’ll change the picture if I manage to take a better one.

Oil on canvas, 30 x 40.5cm

I think I’m going to continue to work on this painting. I want the clouds to be softer at the edges, and heavier and more ominous. I do like an ominous cloud.

Paintings © Dark and Bright Art 2013.