Berries And Ruins

13 Aug

14 ruinSwansea Print Workshop has a major exhibition coming up for its members, based on the theme of the industrial valley. Swansea and South Wales were in the forefront of the Industrial Revolution and the area is full of historical ruins. I went out sketching to the Lower Swansea Valley a couple of days ago; the weather was fantastic and Husb came with me, supposedly to sketch, but he spent a couple of hours foraging for blackberries and hazelnuts. He’s made a load of blackberry cordial for the winter months. It’s comforting to have a glass of hot blackberry cordial when it’s cold and pouring with rain on a dark wintry night, to be reminded of the summer.

Anyway, I don’t particularly like drawing landscapes and buildings but one of the ruins had been taken over by graffitti artists which I found really interesting, so that’s what I focussed on. I used Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens with a medium ink wash into my clothbound A5 sketchbook that I’d prepared with some random torn parcel paper, stuck in with Pritt. I also used a smidgeon of white conte crayon.

4 Responses to “Berries And Ruins”

  1. Helen Cherry August 14, 2013 at 08:58 #

    YUm, Yum to blackberry cordial ..

  2. Red Hen August 13, 2013 at 22:34 #

    Blackberry cordial sounds delicious. And your sketch, as always, is a delight.

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