Hi there, how are you?
Last week we ventured out on to the horseshoe pass. It’s a pass between two sets of mountains near Llangollen in Wales.
My parents used to take us up there when we were kids to pick whinberries (bilberries) but I haven’t been there for years. There are no berries at the moment; it’s the wrong time of year.
You can walk for miles and see nothing but roaming hills, mounds of slate and sheep that wander over the heather. It’s a great place to get away from it all.
We challenged ourselves to draw a landscape in 15 minutes, this is the best I could muster, it’s only about 2”x3” I thought I would have a better chance of finishing something small. These are some of the hills in the distance.
Once home I tried to paint from one of my photos, this was painted in one colour, perylene green trying to work out the tones.
Did I mention the sheep? They had all been shorn recently so it was interesting to see their actual shape, they’re such a different shape with wool, see above for sheep sketches. Have to say most of my photos were of the backside of a sheep as they walked away from us.
This is the one that got away; she escaped the shearer’s clippers hehehe. I hope she doesn’t’ get too hot in this weather!
It’s world watercolour month as from the 1st July, this is where we all paint lots of lovely watercolours and share our stuff. If you’re not sure what it’s all about hears the link to doodlewashe’s site to tell you all about it and if you feel like donating, it’s for a good cause.
I’ll post my first seven up together next week to spare your in boxes or you can catch me on instagram if you want to see as they go up.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by today. Till next time, have fun x