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A July weekend in Powys

Harbour walls Aberaeron
Last month I spent a long weekend with my sisters at the barn in Machynlleth. Though the weather could have been better, a little rain has never put us off walking the beach at Aberdovey, the coastal path or the hinterland of Powys.

Between showers I did manage some quick sketches, finishing a couple of them off once we were back home.

Towards Tywyn

The two colourful monoprints shown here are my response to our walks, and to a visit to one of the fishing villages on the coast. Aberaeron is a very pretty village south of Aberystwyth – well worth a visit, if only to visit the fresh fish man on the harbourside.

 

 

On the way back to Aberystwyth   Quick sketch between showers

 

Stones/Boulders Borth

The Remarkables, Otago, South Island NZ

After a long weekend celebrating a “big” birthday, first in Liverpool followed by a surprise party in Manchester I have finally managed to produce three prints – two colour, one black-and-white – taken from sketches made whilst in New Zealand.

These images are based on a range of mountains in Otago, South Island, called The Remarkables.   Apparently they are one of only two ranges which run north to south, and live up to their name by rising sharply to create an impressive backdrop for the waters of Lake Wakatipu. They can be seen from Queenstown on the lake’s south-east shore.

During the summer visitors drive up twisting roads to admire the scenery and take numerous photographs.  But if you stopped for a snap every time you saw a marvellous view you would never get anywhere!  In the winter months they are home to avid skiers, snowboarders and other winter-sports enthusiasts?

The Remarkables 1

The Remarkables 1

 

Sketchbook

To begin with I thought I would have a lot of time to fill my sketchbook, as usual things do not work out as planned.  I did manage to make a number of drawings which hopefully will enable me to make an interesting body of work.

Here are a few samples.

Mount Aspiring
Russell headland
Bay of Islands
Lake Wanaka
Lion Rock Piha
The Remarkables
Glenorchy

South Island, Sydney, Singapore… and home

Approach to QueenstownMajestic mountains and mind-blowing scenery were our first impressions of the South Island during our flight and the approach to Queenstown airport. These amazing views are said to be the most impressive in the world, and to us they were.

We spent five days touring around from our base near Arrowtown. Everything about those few days was awesome: the scenery (think Lord of the Rings), the walking and jaw-dropping waterfalls around Milford Sound.

People do say the South Island is like Scotland, with better weather maybe! Having only seen a small chunk of the beautiful island I cannot really compare.  All I can say is that we loved it.

Glenorchy       Glenorchy - Paradise

Our five days there over, we flew to Sydney to spending three days doing all the usual tourist things: the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, the Botanical Gardens and Taronga, where rather than look at animals in the zoo we chose to walk the coastal path to Balmoral Beach via Chowder Bay and George’s Head.

Boy, were we glad we had. It is a marvellous trek along a well-maintained path that follows the harbour’s north-west coast, with magical views through the trees all the way along.  The path also allows access to hidden beaches, great for private swims. If anyone gets the opportunity I urge you to do this walk.

It takes eight hours to fly from Sydney to Singapore, five of them to cross the northern territory of Australia alone.  Singapore was the last port of call on our trip, and what can I say about it: hot, humid, busy, cosmopolitan and expensive.

We spent a day being given a guided tour by relatives of the harbour area, surrounded by impressive modern buildings such as the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, which has a boat-shaped pool on top and a Las Vegas-style “Venetian” canal complete with gondolas underneath. All in all, an experience not to be missed.

So then to Heathrow… and home.

The other side of the world

BA Degree Hertfordshire University 2004
Since last year my husband and I have been planning a trip to New Zealand and soon the adventure begins.  Our friends Jayne and Steve moved over there around this time last year and invited us to visit. So, why wouldn’t we?
While we are away I plan to do lots of sketches and take photographs, and include them on this site. Which may be of interest to some of you but initially will be a great record for ME.

Wales 2014

Hinterland Ceredigion

Hinterland Ceredigion

During the summer of 2014 I spent some time walking the beautiful Welsh countryside in Ceredigion, sketchbook at the ready.
Whilst  ambling along relatively untrodden paths I encountered a number of unused barns and made some preliminary sketches.  Fortunately it was a glorious, sunny day.
Back in my studio I decided to strip the sketches down to just the bones of the structures, then made stencils of them. I knew this idea had some way to go but felt it had interesting possibilities.

Hinterland 2

Hinterland 2