Thursday, 19 February 2015

Spring is Approaching

Just thought I would pop in a photograph that I found on the internet of our new home, taken in the summer months. I say new, although suddenly we've been here 5 months.


We are up there in the top right hand corner(ish) ... you can see why the house is named 'Highview.'

I put the photograph in as I have no painting at the moment, but I am researching a new series which is going to involve horses and people... but not in their normal environment, a bit on the wild-side. I have never painted animals before and, as is my want, I'm making the task ridiculously difficult for myself.

Spring is coming!

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  1. John I make everything hard on myself too. You'll do well; I have no doubts. Love this photograph and your new home seems amazing!

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  2. And you do have the best view too! From your perch, the world looks lovely. Landscapes might be around the corner for you? Plein air painting. Spring is such a lovely thought, but the groundhog saw his shadow here. I would have never guessed that Wales was more southerly than Michigan. I'll have to have a look at our latitudes.

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    1. Fishguard, Wales is approx 52 deg N whilst Michigan is considerably south of that at approx 44 deg N. The difference in weather is down to the Atlantic being a lot warmer than the landmass that surrounds you. We are warmed by the Gulf Stream and the prevailing wind from the Atlantic. Consequently we tend to get rain and mist (& gales) whilst you get snow ... as does a lot of Europe that is south of us: Switzerland and Austria for example which are landlocked. When the wind veers to the south we get warmer air from Africa. When it veers East we get it from Russia, and North from the Arctic. Luckily we get mainly westeners :0) ooops, sorry, I prattle on sometimes

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  3. What a gorgeous spot John and you're first full summer there is going to be amazing. What an exciting time for you. As for your new series, I just know it's going to be breathtaking ... your work always is. ;-)

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    1. Thanks, John. You really are cutting-it with your ventures into pen and ink drawing... really impressed

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  4. Wow! Where is that John? It's stunning!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Fishguard, Pembrokeshire, West Wales.

      In Welsh, Fishguard is Abergwaun. Aber meaning Mouth of and Gwaun meaning Gwaun (name of the river ).... Abergwaun therefore = Mouth of the river Gwaun

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  5. Such a beautiful view. How lucky you are, John...

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    1. Yes, I really am lucky, Anne. My family (on both sides) come from this spot as far back as 1700 ....but my first visit here was 18 months ago

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  6. A gorgeous spot, John, looking forward to your new paintings!

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    1. Thanks Judy. loved your fun with watercolours!

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  7. Wow, John it looks absolutely stunning! I'll look forward to seeing you horse paintings.

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    1. Thanks Nic ... the horses are trying to bolt from the brush!

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  8. MY GAWD! Did you buy a hotel or something...it sure looks BIG! Are all those buildings by it, it attached? What type of car gets you up there?
    Another question, John - was this a smugglers cove back in the old days? It is so beautiful - makes me want to want to hop on a plane and move in. Do you share studio space!

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    1. No... there are a number of houses up there, mine is in that area ... its big enough though. It's not up a steep track its connected to the town with conventional roads.

      Not sure about the smugglers, there were pirates at one time though.

      You're always welcome, Julie

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  9. What a gorgeous spot in which to live!!! And I can almost see horses away far off in those rolling hills. I look forward to seeing your paintings of "wild life"!!!
    Thank you for your note, John. It is such a huge relief to get that test out of the way. I am sure it is benefitting no one, but making money for the college and for the company that produced the test. More bureaucratic boondoggle!!!
    Kathryn

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  10. Plenty of farms, horses everywhere. The wildlife is struggling at the moment: too much detail for too small a canvas!

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  11. You live in a breathtakingly beautiful area, John! I am eagerly awaiting your horse paintings - I just love painting them so much.

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  12. I'm hiding from my painting at the moment ... it's more of a stampede than a painting

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  13. So charming and beautiful place to live and paint !!!

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