Time away

We were so lucky to have a week of sunshine in North Wales. We had a cottage in the  old slate quarry village of Cwm Penmachno. The first picture just says it all. Peace and quiet, interesting houses , even more interesting ruins, wildlife, waterfalls, slate and slate fences…and more slate fences! I just love the shapes and the patterns and texture of the lichens growing on them…and the red barbed wire strung across every which way. Hardly missed the phone and internet…and shops!

Above Cwm Penmachno

Sketching at Cwmorthin.

Sketching kit…travelling very light

Ruined house on the hill at Cwm Penmachno

Road into the village

Photo of lichen on slate

More lichen

Textures and pattern of a stone wall

Textures , patterns and colours

Slate fence with wire

Close up to see the effects of salt and white gouache with watercolour to try to capture the textures and patterns.

I am keeping this place secret! Any guesses?

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  1. Don’t know the lake or the cottage that you are leaning against but I’m glad you didn’t lean any further or you’d have pushed the whole building into the water! Kept thinking of you enjoying the sunshine in Snowdonia …well done choosing a dry and sunny week for your holiday. Wonderful sketches…love the cottages and slate fence, lichen and wire! Must use salt and gouache again…love the texture.

  2. Loved your photographs and paintings. No, I don’t recognise the ruin your leaning on but it looks an idyllic place.You were so lucky to have the lovely weather I have been to Pembrokeshire over the weekend
    That too,as you know, is also idyllic.

  3. I am so envious, I just love the area as you know. I cut my hiking teeth on the hills above Cwm Penmachno as a raw city teenager – oh so many years ago and lived for a time in the next valley.
    Lovely , lovely sketches, I wonder did Cwmorthin give you inspiration to paint it, and were the fish biting in the lake?
    I am looking forward to seeing all the work from your holiday.
    Hope you enjoyed it.

  4. loving all your sketches . . . I really need to practice and dig out some photos . . . glad the weather was good for you it does make a difference when sketching outside . . . looking forward to starting back next week – Tony

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