I mentioned yesterday (http://nowwhathappens.blogspot.com/2005/06/phew-what.html) that we went to see an artist exhibiting in his own home.
The artist in question was Alan Brain - a friend of my parents and a very nice man. He, and his wife Barbara were very welcoming. I've just Googled his name and discovered his website.
I must say, the WWW doesn't do his paintings justice. My very favourite was called 'Pembroke'. The low-res picture shown here really doesn't show what a vibrant and detailed painting it is. I feel jealous of whoever bought that particular work. If you get a chance to see any of Alan's paintings 'in the flesh', I would encourage you to do so.