Monday, 26 August 2013

Hiraethog

Ty'n y Llyn (Pastel/Ink) 42cm x52cm
Ty'n y Llyn, No.2 (Pastel/Watercolour) 62cm x 50cm





















Moors stretching along in almost interminable tracts with scarcely a tree to offer obstruction to the winds of heaven ...
Thomas Roscoe






Mynydd Hiraethog is wet underfoot, they get a lot of rain here, so why did I choose to wear fabric boots? I got it wrong. My day sketching produced two drawings (later developed into paintings) and two very wet feet. The concentration wanders when I'm wet. But Ty'n y Llyn is a lovely old farmhouse in a glorious setting but sadly falling apart. We had had a lot of very hot weather and on the map the path looked benign and I could visualise clear, bone dry, well defined tracks that would be easy to navigate. I know nothing!.

These paintings will be part of an exhibition of about 40 new pieces of work that will be on display in my home/gallery during three weekends (including Fridays) in September as part of the Helfa Gelf Open Studios event. Visitors are welcome to come along to view the work and talk to the artists. This event is FREE.

Starts Friday 6th September
September 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 & 22
11am - 5pm (or any other time by appointment)



Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Distinct lack of fairies

Afon Gyrach (Pastel/Ink)  62cm x 50cm



















The Afon Gyrach runs off the northern Carneddau and flows down to Capelulo where it is known as Fairy Glen, then carries on its journey to the sea via Dwygyfylchi. No fairies were seen or heard despite me sitting quietly for four hours. Perhaps, if we look very carefully one or two may be hiding somewhere in the painting . . .

This painting will be part of an exhibition of about 40 new pieces of work that will be on display during three weekends (including Fridays) in September as part of the Helfa Gelf Open Studios FREE event. Visitors are welcome to come along to view the work and talk to the artists.

Starts Friday 6th September, now only 15 days to go!
September 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 & 22
11am - 5pm

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Maen y Gaseg again

Maen y Gaseg (Pastel/Ink on board)  62cm x 48cm






































Long hot summers of my childhood were spent wandering the hills above Brynrefail and Deiniolen. The heat, the smell of bracken, the stillness and the hum of insects. Narrow, wall-lined tracks with rusty gates and stiles leading to who knew where. Snowdonia is full of infrequently visited pockets of land where you never meet a soul, long abandoned farms and forgotten paths. 

I have painted Maen y Gaseg and in the surrounding hills many times over the years. Things change over time, the lintel on the gable end of the outbuilding has now collapsed and the old gate has disappeared.

This painting will be part of an exhibition of about 40 new pieces of work that will be on display during three weekends (including Fridays) in September as part of the Helfa Gelf Open Studios event. Visitors are very welcome to come along to view the work and talk to the artists. Admission is FREE. 
Starts Friday 6th September, now only 20 days to go!

September 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 & 22
11am - 5pm (or any other time by appointment)

Sunday, 11 August 2013

The Snowdon Horseshoe (Pastel/Watercolour)

Snowdon Horseshoe (Pastel/Watercolour on board)






































Another painting produced from sketches gathered during the winter. The forecast the previous day was good so the alarm was set and I left our house at 6.00am. Using a bit of local knowledge gleaned over the years I knew where the shadows would be on the mountains by the time I had walked for an hour or so. Sitting on a wall gave me the extra height I needed.

This painting will be part of an exhibition of about 40 new pieces of work that will be on display during three weekends (including Fridays) in September as part of the Helfa Gelf Open Studios event which is free to all visitors who are welcome to come along to view the work and talk to the artists.

Starts Friday 6th September, now only 25 days to go!
September 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 & 22
11am - 5pm

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Open Studios (Helfa Gelf), 30 days and counting...




















It's getting nearer. The booklets are out, the leaflets have been distributed, the drums have been banged and the web site is up and running.

I have worn out the pavement from my home to the centre of town with almost daily visits to P J Framing!

Starts Friday 6th September, now only 30 days to go!


http://www.helfagelf.co.uk/en/artists/alwyn-dempster-jones