An inspiring trip to South Wales, and Sketching.

The year is marching on apace…..and now winter is certainly upon us. I am writing warmly curled up in my studio, watching the tree outside dance to the wind’s musical howl. But to backtrack a bit – last month we went to Wales for an inspiring break away. Our cottage was down a mile of track and up the side of a deep ravine. Whilst I was anticipating wonderful sketching daytrips, I did not expect our little cottage to be quite so inspirational…..

The view from our dining table, and late afternoon sketching at Whitesands
The view from our dining table, and late afternoon sketching at Whitesands wrapped up in two cardigans, a scarf, a poncho and a pair of fingerless gloves to keep out the cold.

Whitesands features regularly in my life as I follow the life of the delightfully wonderful Jackie Morris in her blog and other writings. Her work is full of the magic of Wales, but also otherworldly places and people. It was a bit of a pilgrimage (sadly she was away on tour) and I was lucky enough to see originals of her work and prints at Solva Woolen Mill. I was so excited and longed to stay forever. Sadly that was not allowed so I satisfied myself with a signed copy of her latest book Wild Swans, and a calendar. Not quite the same as original artwork, but just as beautiful!

Jackie Morris - Wild Swans
Jackie Morris – Wild Swans

On other days we explored the countryside and coastlines, and visited Laugharne, the home of Dylan Thomas for many years, and thanks to a good push up the hill from my husband, we got to see his writing shed (apparently smartened up now, as the walls were too yellow from his smoking). Nonetheless, it was still full of atmosphere, and I could imagine him walking straight in and pondering on another play for voices.

(Top) Dylan Thomas' Boat House, the view. (Middle and Bottom) Sketching materials and more sketches
(Top) Dylan Thomas’ Writing Shed, the view from his shed.
(Middle and Bottom) Sketching materials and more sketches

It was such an inspiring trip and I drew constantly each day…in a way that often the day to day does not allow. I was even so inspired by the new boots I found in St Davids, that I simply had to paint one of them…….

A Watermill, New Boot(s), A man looking for crabs in the river, and imaginative piece. I was certainly inspired.

And Finally…

Thankyou to all my visitors. I noticed some from North and Eastern America and Australia popping up, so “Hello” around the world.

Hello from me!
Hello from me! All wrapped up in the ever accompanying poncho!

2 thoughts on “An inspiring trip to South Wales, and Sketching.

  1. Fascinating journey with you. Thank you for sharing tidbits like Jackie Morris’s Wild Swans and that barrel-ceilinged room of Dylan Thomas. And intimate glimpses of the countryside around you through your sketchbooks. Cool boots, by the way!!

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    1. Thankyou Annie….. and I hope you enjoyed the titbits….Wild Swans is everything I hoped it would be and more…now half way through – its a longer journey due to long pauses on the beautiful illustrations. And yes, the boots…..I still love them, and will be wearing them for the show in London!

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