Barmouth commission

It’s been a while since I’ve done a post so it’s time to get back to it.

This month has been all about landscapes since I’ve been commissioned to do a series of fine art images to hang on the walls of a local gallery. It’s been a really good exercise for me as I’ve picked up a few new tricks. I’m a sucker for a good rainy day so I wanted to get this across in a couple of the images.

clockhouse moon final

The reaction to the images in the gallery has been really amazing. They seem to be the front runner for the gallery best seller this year. This image seemed to be missing something until I added the bobble hat to the fisherman!

bathhouse light

I think each image has been slightly better than the last as I’ve learned new things and refined the technique.

Finders Keepers-001

This was probably my favourite….

harbour evening-001

But then I did this one and it’s now my new fave! I’ve got a great fondness for Barmouth harbour and especially Isis Restaurant where I used to work as their pizza guy. Hands down my favourite place for a spicy pizza.

I’ve really enjoyed doing these and may do a few more depending on the demand in the gallery.


10 responses

  1. Alex & Katey Taylor

    We have seen your work for the first time today, while we were in Barmouth. We were blown away, simply stunning. We quickly purchased the Last inn and Barmouth Harbour large prints. They are now hung in our lounge and they look amazing. We do hope you do some more.

    thank you

    Alex & Katey Taylor

    June 28, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    • Dear Alex and Katey

      Thanks so much for getting in touch. I’m delighted to hear you’re enjoying my Barmouth series and thank you so much for buying two of the prints. It’s a great feeling to know my work is hanging on people’s walls. I’m certainly planning on doing some more and I think my next ones might be the Lifeboat station, the Point and maybe one of the highstreet. But I’m not sure yet. You can follow my Facebook page (Alex McArdell Illustration) or the Oriel Gallery one and you’ll be able to see the latest images. Thanks again!


      June 28, 2015 at 11:03 pm

  2. Claire roberts

    Having spent the last 7years in Barmouth for holidays and weekends away we have regularly been window shopping at the oriel gallery. This summer we felt compelled to purchase 2 pieces, your Barmouth harbour twilight and moonlight catch. They now sit pride of place in our caravan and we look forward to hopefully viewing your new pieces in the future.

    Many thanks

    October 24, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    • Thank you so much Claire. As it happens I’m working on a new Barmouth image at this very moment! Thank you for supporting my work. I hope they bring you a lot of pleasure.


      October 24, 2015 at 9:01 pm

  3. Aargh! Having just bought and put up your first six images that’s the last thing I need to hear! I haven’t got any more wall space. (only joking!) And have seen the new one on the Barmouth page.

    Love them, absolutely love them and they evoke so many memories of staying with grandparents for some 45years, sadly now both no longer with us.


    November 11, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    • Hi Simon

      Sorry, but There’s a new one coming out in the next few days! You could always rotate them! Thanks for picking up all the others! I heard a nice doctor had taken home the set recently. Was that you? Enjoy!

      November 11, 2015 at 10:09 pm

      • No, not a doctor, nice or otherwise. How many more are you planning? (just so I know how big a house I might need.)

        November 11, 2015 at 10:34 pm

      • Ah must be someone else then. Well I’m not quite sure. I’m at least doing one more. I’ve had a few requests for images of other towns but I’m not sure yet.

        November 11, 2015 at 10:38 pm

  4. Also when you talk about working at Isis, I look at that print and for me I’m drawn and my memories stirred by Willy Morris’ boatshed next door. Probably a small piece of the image that most people wouldn’t pay too much attention. I spent a couple of summers many years helping Willy onboard the Skylark as a young boy whilst staying with my Nain & Taid. Wouldn’t be allowed now of course!

    November 11, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    • Glad to hear it stirs some memories.

      November 11, 2015 at 11:51 pm

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