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Painting the Welsh Coast | Part 2

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Painting the Welsh Coast | Part 2

Over the course of painting this new exhibition I have decided to change the name, so what started as ‘Painting the Welsh coast’ will now become ‘ North – South, A very Welsh Exhibition’. This is Mostly due to the fact that whilst at the coast I began venturing in land. I couldn’t resist. There are so many fantastic places to visit throughout Wales.  I really felt the urge to include more from areas near to home and also the infamous mountainous areas that I love and visit so often.

 

Harlech:

First stop of part 2 was Harlech. The previous drive from the Peninsula, down through Barmouth (on my way home from Part 1 of this trip) remained engrained in my memory.  I couldn’t wait to go back in the Autumn. Exploring high up on the hillside as you pass Tremadog Bay I found a spot overlooking the sea called St Tecwyn’s. A small church high in the hills near Harlech, North Wales with a view over the Dwyryd estuary.

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Snowfall:

Before I knew it, Autumn vanished and the snow arrived. The time seemed to fly by! I had attempted to start a few other paintings, including one of my local town Montgomery. Unfortunately they have all been scrapped. However, when the snow did arrive I was ready and had spotted a great location on the Kerry ridgeway. The border between Wales and England. A spot I regularly return to for inspiration, especially when it’s snowing.  Mainly because it holds the snow longer due to the extra few hundred vertical meters.

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Spring came early?

Winter, although still officially with us, seemed to take a weeks break and we were blessed with some great ‘spring like’ sunshine which warmed the skin, high pressures along with clear blue skies like I have never seen on a February’s day.

 

For this week I planned to stay in Dolgellau and paint a few new pieces. After arriving on day1, hiking up to the top of Cadair Idris I returned to find my credit card had vanished.  It was nowhere to be found, most likely resting on the mountain somewhere.  Quite luckily I had filled the car with diesel as I didn’t have more than about £3 with me in cash. (note to self: carry spare cash before any future painting trips) In order to make the most of the weather I had to drive back and forth from home each day.(about 1hr30mins)

 

In the morning I chose to paint close to home, revisiting the location where I painted a previous piece ‘fence line in the snow’ the previous winter.  Eating lunch at home then off back to Dolgellau to hike up Cadair Idris in the afternoon. I did this 3 days in a row until the good weather ceased. Here are a few small videos along with photos documenting the process.

 

 

 

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