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Alban Hefin: Summer Solstice

22 Jun

Mynyddbach Midsummer

Husb and I caught the midsummer sunset at Mynyddbach Common, one of the city’s high points, last night just before 9.40pm.

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The colours were extraordinary and my digital camera didn’t really catch the range of colours in the lower sky. Of course, I had to have a scribble, with Daler Rowney artist quality soft pastels.












Magical Midsummer

21 Jun


I wanted to draw the Midsummer sunset over Arthur’s Stone at Cefn Bryn, a Neolithic tomb 4,500 years old . It’s a spectacular place and the setting sun threw a dazzling pallette of colours across the Gower landscape. A lot of people were gathered to see it this evening. The sky was almost unbelievably colourful, fusing iridescent yellow, orange, pink, purple and blues behind the dark mass of the dolman. Generations of local schoolchildren get their first glimpse of Arthur’s Stone (Maen Ceti in Welsh) on school trips and I guess I was 7 or 8 when I saw it for the first time. I keep going back to visit; there’s something magical about the place.


I used Daler Rowney artist’s pastels into a Khadi handmade paper sketchbook, 6″ square. I had to work very quickly as the sun sets fast. Today, the Summer Solstice, was the longest day of the year and sunset was around 9.40 pm. The nights will be drawing in from now on. Before we know it, it’ll be Xmas.


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