Thursday, 27 October 2011

Friday, 23 September 2011

Open Studio - final weekend

Exhibition opens for the last time this weekend.

Open from 11.00am to 5.00pm, 23rd, 24th and 25th.

Helfa Gelf/Art Trail 2011 will finish for another year at 5.00pm this Sunday.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Helfa Gelf half way

Half way through the Helfa Gelf/Art Trail. The response and the turn out has been gratifying. Many visitors intrigued by my toothbrush, especially the children!

Some comments so far
I would like to thank you for a most enjoyable afternoon with you at your exhibition. Thank you for giving so much of your time and practical and inspirational advice. We had a most enjoyable experience.
First class. Inspirational. So much to look at and so much to learn. Thank you very much.

Friday, 2 September 2011

Open Studio (Helfa Gelf/Art Trail)

Helfa Gelf/Art Trail opened today with a steady stream of visitors throughout the day. The weather forecast suggests that we will have rain on Saturday, ideal for sheltering indoors, spending time looking at paintings, sipping cups of tea and talking to artists about how they produce their work.

Monday, 29 August 2011

Featured Artist Interview

Alwyn, tell me about your work.
I’m constantly looking up to the skies, not for inspiration or
even divine intervention but to check on the weather. If the conditions are good, not too wet and not too windy, then there’s a chance that I can go off for a wander. I paint landscapes and need to be outside. I know my way around North Wales having lived here all my life apart from living in Manchester and Cardiff during my art training. Paintings are sometimes started and finished alfresco, other times I make colour notes and sketches then finish in the studio. Walking in the countryside is always a pleasure although not without its hazards as I have been bitten by dogs and horses, chased by pigs and charged by a herd of bullocks!

What or who inspires you most?
The landscape and the effect of the sun and the weather on it, usually in the autumn and winter months.

What is your favourite material to use?
Pastels and a Rotring art pen on white conservation board.

When did you become interested in art?
I think I was born with a pencil in my hand! I would sit for hours and look at the work of Frank Bellamy and marvel at his use of direct light and dramatic composition. My parents always encouraged me to draw. Although their enthusiastic support began to wane a little when I began to drag redundant television sets from the local tip, place them on the dining room table and paint the spaghetti of coloured wires. On another occasion I borrowed a cabbage from my mother’s kitchen, placed it again on the dining table and painted it as it slowly rotted. Eventually it had to be thrown away, but I still have the painting! I would draw anything and everything. My old sketchbooks are full of things as diverse as dust bins, pylons, shop fronts, sand dunes, roses and reflections in teapots.

What would your artistic super power be?
A longer day.

What is your greatest artistic fear?
To lose the ability to walk.

If you could bring any artist back to life, who would you choose?

Which living artist do you most admire, and why?
There are so many. David Hockney for his enthusiasm and sheer output.

If money were no object what art works would you buy?
‘Work’ by Ford Madox Brown would look good in our lounge. But could we afford to insure it?

Which group of artists (can be living or dead) would constitute your ideal dinner party?
Andy Warhol could come along with his Campbell’s tomato soup for starters. Salvador Dali’s lobster would be the main course and I am sure that Cezanne would let us borrow some apples, peaches or pears. Caravaggio (or any other artist for that matter) would be responsible for the wine. He would no doubt turn up late and drunk and start a fight!

What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Sitting down.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
Still here, I hope.

Tell me about your studio!
No one would be inspired by my studio space as it consists of an area 8 foot square wedged between the drier and freezer at the back of our garage, with standing room only! During the month of Helfa Gelf we transform our conservatory into a bright, clean studio/gallery with over forty original paintings and limited edition prints, sketchbooks and art materials on display. Visitors can stay as long as they like, ask any questions, sit on the comfortable sofas and listen to soft music and the sound of the kettle boiling in the background.

What do you like most about your studio?
When I am painting I love the solitude and isolation. I work with coloured dust and my only critics are the spiders!

What other artist live/work near you?
Mold is an excellent location for this year’s art trail. We have an easily accessible cluster of artists opening their studios very close to each other with a lot of new and exciting work on display. A few minutes away from my studio (either on foot or by car) we have Llinos Lanini – photography; Sharon Wagstaff – drawing/painting; Carol Udale – drawing/illustration/painting/printmaking; Laura Capper – textiles/furniture/upholstery. A good day out!

Any pubs/café/restaurants near by?
We are spoiled for choice with so many nice eating places in Mold. 56 in High Street, Hot Wok in King Street if you are hungry or Clays in Wrexham Street and Alexanders in High Street for something lighter.

Any nice walks or countryside?
Many. There are a number of town trails, on the banks of the River Alyn, the countryside around the Gwysaney Estate, the winding roads and tracks leading to Nercwys and Gwernymynydd are particular favourites.

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Open Studio

Helfa Gelf /Art Trail, North Wales’ biggest Open Studio Event, invites you to visit artists at work in their studios this September.
Now in its sixth year, this free annual event is now spread right across North Wales with studios taking part in Gwynedd, Conwy, Flintshire, Denbighshire and Wrexham. It is a unique chance for visitors to peek behind the scenes, experience this normally hidden world and get to chat to the artists and crafts people about their creative process.
Take this great opportunity to hunt down those undiscovered art treasures and see how they’re made – whether you are just curious about what artists and craftspeople do in their studios, or want to start your own collection of interesting artworks bought direct from the makers.

Studio Open
Every weekend in September
2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 23-25 
from 11am to 5pm

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Above Betws y Coed

I had been aware of this old farmhouse for some time and after walking in circles for a couple of hours stumbled across it almost by accident. Map reading in forests has never been one of my strongest points! Both of these paintings will now feature in the Helfa Gelf / Art Trail Open Studio event during the four weekends in September.

Sunday, 26 June 2011

North Wales Open Exhibition

Two paintings entered and accepted for the North Wales Open at Clwyd Theatr Cymru. An annual show for amateur and professional artists living in the counties of Flintshire, Denbighshire, Wrexham, Conwy, Gwynedd and Anglesey.

25 June - 12 August

Castell y Gwynt

Saturday, 7 May 2011

Exhibition in Mold now open for three weekends

Over forty original paintings on display along with a selection of limited edition prints

Also on display is a small collection of jewellery by 'Twinkle'.

Thursday, 5 May 2011


The road up to Croesor is long and narrow but the scenery is breathtaking.

Four paintings were delivered safely to Caffi Croesor for the Spring exhibition.

Monday, 2 May 2011

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Exhibitions at Erddig

About twenty years ago I was invited by Alister Winter Roberts to join him, Marion Christou and Joyce Webster in an exhibition at Erddig Hall in North Wales. As we all painted landscapes and lived in Wales it took very little imagination to come up with a name for our display. Over the years the shows proved to be very popular, we even made the front page of the Daily Post in full colour one year and our private views were as legendary as were our wine bills, we couldn't move for guests and we often wondered if the old floor could take the strain. The place literally bounced.

Over the years we invited a number of artists to join us including Vivian Pooley, Gerald Gadd, Brenda Bruce and Claire Halliday. Eventually Alister moved away to take up painting and drawing in the hills above Malaga in Spain.

We continued our shows at Erddig with Rod WIlliams, Neil Jones, Mary Cunnah, Christine Brown, Paula Salmons and Jill Plews all joining us in a variety of combinations.

Sadly, Alister died in December 2009.

Denbigh Library Gallery held an exhibition of Alistair's work 
Alister Winter Roberts. 1941 – 2009 from 14 May to 11 June  2011
A retrospective exhibition of work including watercolours, pen and ink and oils.

It was a wonderful opportunity to view Alister's beautiful work once more.

Unfortunately our group will not be exhibiting at Erddig again. Having shown work there for so many years I will be lost without it, but rather than just sit at home twiddling my thumbs I have decided to open up our home and display my work in the same way as I have been with the North Wales open studios event Helf Gelf over the last few years.

Information on my most recent activities can be found at

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Clwyd Theatr Cymru

More new work delivered to Clwyd Theatr Clwyd today for the North Wales Artists Exhibition in the Community Gallery. Five of us in this group for this particular show. Paula Salmons, Claire Halliday, Jill Plews and Carole-Ann Kedney and me.
11 - 30 April
An exhibition evoking the beauty of Welsh landscapes and seascapes from this talented group of artists  

Friday, 11 March 2011

Some new work

Beyond Groes Pastel
Broken gate, Cwm Silyn Pastel

Winter, Cwm Silyn Mixed Media

Above Llangollen Pastel

Clouds of pastel dust

Deadlines are looming. The Helfa Gelf exhibition at Bodelwyddan Castle ends this week and there are two exhibitions in Clwyd Theatr Cymru within the next month, one solo show for two weeks then I join up with the North Wales Landscape Painters for a three week stint. Simultainiously I will have paintings in the Spring/Summer exhibition at Pensychnant Hall and the Spring Show at Caffi Croesor. There are scorch marks on my board and I'm creating clouds of pastel dust!

Rocks, Glyder Fach Pastel/Watercolour
Clwyd Theatr Cymru - Solo Exhibition
Monday 28th March - Sunday 10th April
Clwyd Theatr Cymru
North Wales Landscape Painters
Monday 11th April - Sunday 1st May
Pensychnant Hall
Spring/Summer Exhibition
Friday 1st April - Friday 30th September
Caffi Croesor
Exhibition opens Sunday 10th April

Some useful links
Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold
Pensychnant Hall, Conwy