I have two available in my etsy store that are ready to be posted. I’ve used two types of pebbles for each piece, West Wales and East Wales. The East coast pebbles have a lovely red that is complimented by the double mount.
I bought some extra large frames a few weeks ago and have been toiling over what stories to put in them ever since. I must have drawn stacks of sketches with all sorts of ideas, but in the end I thought that my first large piece should be an upscaled version of one of my most well received pieces, #Croeso.
Two things struck me immediately. One, the little red doors was only eight and half centimetres high and I needed to fill a space four times that. Two, I wanted to enjoy making something new.
This is how it went….
When I was in my early twenties I was stuck on a Christmas gift for my girlfriend. I was pretty hopeless at that age (If not still) and had little cash and even less sense. One lunchtime, I was wandering through Shopper’s Walk in Swansea when I spotted a print in the window of a small gallery. The piece was called ‘At the door’ by Toni Goffe, I loved it, I therefore bought it and declared it the best Christmas gift ever. She married me.
This piece is the inspiration for my latest work.
The frame is 50cm, which is slightly too large for my photography studio. But it is quite impressive when hung.
Hopefully I’ll get some more time soon to produce more large scale works.
On the few days when the sun graces Llanelli, I like to get out of the workshop and work in the fresh air. After weeks of what seems like end to end pebble art, I seriously needed to sort out my pebbles.
So, today I went in search of cat heads and plant pots! Even though my mind has re-programmed itself to see ‘things’ in the stones, it is quite easy to mistake a cat head for a pot, sometimes they are impossible to separate. My solution… a venn diagram… tune in next time for ‘Is it a hatch-ling or a leaf’!
I hope you had as productive a day in the sun as I did… the wine glass is just out of shot!
My latest piece is titled ‘Goedwig’ which is the Welsh word for forest or woodland. Ever since I produced the ‘Great Oak’, I have wanted another piece that would compliment it. I think this works as the perfect pendant.
Forest represents the woodland that borders my home, there are some ancient oaks, silver birch and many other species each with their own colouring and characteristics. In fact most of my work will include the branches of these very trees.
Every #goedwig is unique but will follow the story as shown in the images above. You can view pieces for sale on my online store or contact me if you don’t see the one(s) you’d like own.
For sometime now my wife has been hinting that we ought to get another cat. So, for her birthday this year I decided to give in and get her favourite, a British Blue kitten. This proved a little bit more difficult than I thought in February and we had to wait until the kitten was twelve weeks before we could collect him (Sometime after Helen’s birthday).
Anyway, the day came when we could go and collect the new kitten, unfortunately I wasn’t around that day so Helen said she was happy to pick up ‘Baloo’ on her own. I had already made a new Pebble Story of Squeak and Baloo bee watching, and I was quite surprised that Helen didn’t really take to it…. hmmmm.
So I get back home and there he is, Baloo the mini Blue Bear Cub… Yes that Baloo.
‘I’ll just put the cat carrier away shall I ?’ I said.
The cat carrier wasn’t empty… meet ‘Bob’ (Another British Blue)
I’ve been asked quite few times if I put my stories into any other frames. While we love the look and feel of the standard frames, I do agree that they may be a little bit modern for some walls.
So, in the spirit of adventure I’ve produced some upcycled frames from some pictures I bought at my local British Red Cross. Luckily my dad is a bit of an expert at this sort of thing so I got my hands on all the top notch paints and waxes etc. The process takes quite a while, but it is fun and you get quite a thrill when you see the finished transformation.
Once I’d ‘shabbied’ the frames I needed to decide what stories to put in them. It was quite nice to have an unusual shape and I eventually decided on ‘The Great Oak’ and ‘The Swing’. I saw the tall thin space and immediately started thinking about Dali and of all things ..Dr Seuss.
The ‘Shabby Pair’ are a complete one-off, so unfortunately they won’t be available to buy online. They will be available at the next show I attend which is Abergavenny Market on the 9th May. I expect them to go quite quickly, so if you’d like to reserve them please contact me.