Category: Art



07 NOVEMBER, 2018 TO 13 NOVEMBER, 2018


Amber says “Super pleased to have a photograph displayed on BBC Wales News!”

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Making a splash on Tuesday.

Here’s Amber Morris’ refreshing view of the AWESOME Swallow Falls at Betws-y-Coed, Conwy county.

Ant Dickinson installing work with Jessica Lloyd Jones at  Canary Warf January 2018Some previous works by Jessica belowA FEAST FOR THE EYES!

(Aiming to post up links to inspiring artists regularly. If you have a favourite artist send Diana a link for posting throughout 2018. Let’s brighten our lives big time!! Thank you.

Found this wood carver on Twitter and find her work inspirational.

 “In Neither Mine Nor Yours, the effect of the human footprint on the environment is investigated.The paradox of “man’s destruction of the environment, he needs to survive” rises to the forefront. And with that there is an overarching sense of fragility- both of the body and of the world around us.”

Sketching Tomorrow – directions

For everyone that’s coming to our sketching day tomorrow at the Chainbridge, the best place to park is probably the Horseshoe Falls carpark – marked with the red circle on the map.

Follow the B5103 or the A5 west out of Llangollen, towards Corwen. If you drive along the A5, turn off the road over the sharp bend and fantastic little bridge over the River Dee, then left onto the B road on the other side, and almost immediately again left into the carpark. If you’re coming along the B road, you’ll see signs on the road, and make a left hand turn into the carpark.

In addition to the Victorian chainbridge itself (1), recently restored and reopened, there are the Horseshoe Falls (2), the start of the Llangollen canal (3), the restored Victorian railway station (4), and the church further on up the footpath. And if the weather is bad, we can always retreat to the Chainbridge Hotel for a cup of tea.

See you tomorrow at 11am!



Holly Hayward creates exceptional drawings. This is one of the first works to be finished by one of the “Artists Hugging the Hillfort” (AHH!!) and, if she can get it framed in time will be on show upstairs in Oswestry Visitor Centre from 1st February until end of March. A fabulous start to the project I think you will all agree! Reminds me of the skill of the artist Kit Williams.





As Holly says, it’s the story of Oswestry: Guinevere hugging the hill fort and clutching Oswald’s tree, encircled by the celtic cross/ broken green belt/road carrying supermarket delivery van etc


Exciting things happening at Underhill Farm shortly!!

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Diana just came across this artist on Twitter because she followed one of Diana’s tweetsdownpatrick-iHere is her interesting website and some thoughts on her blog that seem really helpful. Enjoy!


“My mood affects the painting every day.  Some days good.  Some days bad.  Some days not so good.  I’m working on 61 x 61 cms canvases – moving from one to the other – around six in all.   I’m aware that the ‘feeling’ is important in the work.  When the ‘feeling’ kicks in, I know the painting is working, but it’s a long haul before that happens.  And I’m far too impatient.  I’ve been really taken with Nicholas Wilton’s posts about this process – about monitoring how we ‘feel’ when we make the work.  This is a key factor in creative integrity.  And it’s the exhausting part of the process.  Anyone who says we do this to relax is well wrong!  So how did I feel making the works below?  Well …  I felt excited  – in the zone, as they say, where the colours had juicily mixed down on the palette and I was responding to each and every mark.  The black stack appeared from nowhere – unplanned – a split second of a brain thought and the marks were made.  Memory and feeling together.”

From the Independent

“The art market is not sexist,” Mr Sewell said. “The likes of Bridget Riley and Louise Bourgeois are of the second and third rank. There has never been a first-rank woman artist.

“Only men are capable of aesthetic greatness. Women make up 50 per cent or more of classes at art school. Yet they fade away in their late 20s or 30s. Maybe it’s something to do with bearing children.”

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