Tag Archives: Pembrokeshire Coastal Path

David, Non And A Lovely Lad

8 Aug


This young man was one of the huge queue at the Goat Street Gallery, waiting to have their portraits done as part of BBC1 ‘The One Show” filming in St. David’s yesterday. He’s a very nice lad and a terrific model, very still and patient and held the pose for about half an hour.  I drew him using a Faber Castell Pitt drawing pen in sizes S and F into my leatherbound Steampunk A5 sketchbook, going slightly across two pages.

St. David, Wales’ patron saint, gives his name to the city and also the vast cathedral, but this was built by the Normans at least half a millenium after he lived. He was born a couple of miles away and there is a tiny, ruined stone chapel dedicated to his mother, Saint Non, close to the Coastal Path, which is supposed to be David’s birthplace. I much prefer the simplicity of Non’s chapel to the grandeur of David’s cathedral. It’s more in keeping with the Celtic christianity which they practised back in the sixth century.

I’ll blog the rest of the portraits I drew over the next few days.



A Gothic Mansion at the end of a classic train journey in West Wales

8 Aug

Ink drawing: Tenby from Penally.


Now and again we go away for one or two nights to a really nice Welsh hotel to recharge our batteries. Penally Abbey is one we’ve returned to; it’s one of those gothic nineteenth century mansions full of antique furniture, soft beds and lovely food. Because it’s reasonably close, we don’t have to faff about with flights, passports and all the bother of a holiday abroad. It’s in a beautiful old village; many of the houses look Georgian and it’s only about a mile along the beach to Tenby. At the time I was doing a lot of drawings in white pen onto black paper and I did this drawing from the beach at Penally with Tenby in the distance.

Penally is on the West Wales coastal train route and it’s a brilliant journey from Swansea, taking in Burry Port and Ferryside, where the sea laps at the side of the track, then on up the beautiful estuary to Carmarthen [Merlin’s Town] and cross country past the Georgian seaside resort of Tenby, halting at a tiny station in Penally with curious farm cats looking on.  I did this sketchbook drawing from our bedroom, with huge gothic windows overlooking Tenby in the distance.


Comfy chair in a gothic mansion.


There is a photo of Mick Jagger in the reception area. Apparently he is a regular walker along the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path and stays at this hotel when he’s about.



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