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The Red Castle

1 Mar

castell coch

Husb and I celebrated St. David’s Day today with a quick trip up the Valleys to visit Castell Coch, which is Welsh for the Red Castle. It was packed to the rafters with visitors so I didn’t have much time to draw, just a quick sketch of some of the extraordinary carvings above one of the fireplaces. It’s an amazing place, a Victorian folly built onto the foundations of a Medieval castle, designed by William Burges in the Gothic Revival style and bankrolled by the Marquis of Bute, reputedly the richest man in the world at that time.

We also nipped up to the lovely Workers Gallery in Ynyshir to take up some of my artwork. I show a lot of my work there, I am one of the gallery’s permanent artists. It’s a lovely place and it’s great to see a new arts venture open up in such an area of high deprivation.

I drew these sketches into my A5 Tate Gallery sketchbook with a Faber Castell Pitt drawing pen.


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