Sunday, 16 January 2022

GREAT TRAIN JOURNEYS IN WALES: CARMARTHEN TO SWANSEA

The bright red and grey train from Carmarthen to Swansea takes 42 minutes for its 22 miles route.This two carriage Transport for Wales train whisks you along the coast for most of the journey.

 

We start by bus from Laugharne direct to the station

Ready for the off

The sun was high, sky blue as we left. 



Carmarthen and remained so for the journey to Swansea and the return trip. We run along the Taf estuary on departure and then to Ferryside with a great view of Llansteffan Castle as we stop at Ferryside. Kidwelly is the next stop also with a fine castle. Burry Port provides excellent views of the Pembrey country park. 

 

Just along the coast, a castle
Llanelli, home of the Scarlets rugby team and Tata Steel is the next stop. Just outside the town is the Felinfoel Brewery. A good pint however apparently referred to, uncharitably, by some as ‘feeling fowl’. The BBC’s very own Hue Edwards was born in Llanelli.



Broad, sun-lit estuaries 



 









Gowerton is the final stop before Swansea. Known as the gateway to the Gower Its population of 8,100 once had access to five church or chapel buildings. It hosted the National Eisteddfod in 1980.

 

We arrive in Swansea. The wonderful Glynn Gallery, my final destination was only three minutes walk from the station! More of this box of treasures later….   

Tata Steel Shop

Outside the station at Burry Port

All drawings made on Amazon packaging paper. A good surface on which to work and easily cut to travel-sized pieces  

Monday, 10 January 2022

WASHED, SCRUBBED AND DRIED FOR WINTER.

This land of impossible greens has, of late, being given a going over. Local friends remark on the amount of rain we are enjoying. Most days we are washed with biblical proportions of rain which make indoor chores a delight.

Aside from fir, holly and ivy, the trees are splendidly bare. Each stands proudly on its ridge line. Along and down these hills scrub the winds of winter, right into our backyard. They rattle the tin bath appended the wall.



Hills scrubbed by winds

 

Drawing with charcoal seems the most appropriate medium to capture the captivating landscape of our township, surrounding hills and estuary.

 

Lynette Roberts, poet, artist, and writer lived on the other side of the Taff estuary in Llan y bri. Dylan Thomas was best man at Roberts’s wedding, her work was much admired by Robert Graves who was also a close friend.

 

I borrowed these lines to adorn one of my art school projects for the great hand-in of work on January 7th

 

'To the village of lace and stone 

Came strangers. I was one of these 

Always observant and slightly obscure. 

I roamed the hills of bird and bone…. '

 

From Lamentation Lynette Roberts 

Collected Poems

 

They sit well on this landscape. 



The Taff Estuary from Laugharne Castle


Thursday, 6 January 2022

LIGHT BLUE TOUCH PAPER AND RETIRE

Happy New Year! And last chance to catch up.It has been a crazy couple of months.


As mentioned previously the 10th of October I was invited to go 'upstairs to join the BA fine art course here at Carmarthen School of Art. 

Quite a leap. However it has been an exhilarating couple of months and I really am excited about all that studying at this level entails. 

Painting from Life



Along the way some tears, lots of frustration. 

Experiments in colour



Yet also the chance to work with some great people, share ideas and discover ways to paint and discover new names in terms of painters and artists, people that I would've never have discovered otherwise.

Large scale pieces in charcoal 84 x 60 cm



Today, January 6, is a special day. This morning I handed all my working including project notebook sketchbooks and of course coursework since I joined the program. Most of Christmas was actually spent getting ready for this big handing day especially as, I joined the program late so therefore had some catching up to do! Anyway it's good. It's done. Now we sit back and wait for our assessment and feedback.

Here is a short show of what I have been up too...

Flat colour techniques