Floods, Flan And Folly

4 Jan

04 bridge 1

Husb and I visited the quirky little town of Llandeilo earlier today. Founded in the 6th century, the town is a higgledy piggledy mix of buildings over the centuries clinging to the hill above the stone road bridge, where I stood facing West, with Paxton’s Folly on the horizon and did a drawing in oil pastels onto an A3 sheet of Bockingford that I’d pre-coloured with a dark blue acrylic paint. These materials and the subject matter are well out of my comfort zone and it wasn’t an enjoyable experience, especially with the cold, wind and occasional rain.

04 bridge 2.jpg

Then I crossed the road and sketched in the other direction, using Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens into my A5 clothbound sketcbook. Back in my comfort zone. I remembered Van Gogh’s landsape drawings and instead of trying to make an accurate likeness, I concentrated on making marks across the flat surface of the paper. A much happier experience. The River Tywi was exceptionally high and much of the river plain was flooded because of the severe storms we’ve had the past few days, but it eventually brightened up and we warmed up in a little cafe with a coal fire, a pot of tea and home-made lemon meringue flan.

6 Responses to “Floods, Flan And Folly”

  1. Helen Cherry January 24, 2014 at 00:15 #

    I love your description of making marks on the paper.. brilliant!

  2. Rachel Marsh January 15, 2014 at 03:59 #

    Absolutely love the top piece, wow. Sounds like a beautiful place, too.

  3. Lois January 4, 2014 at 21:58 #

    So interesting to read about how you sketch and draw!

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