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Monday, 13 August 2012

Portmeirion

Following on from yesterday's post -  after Sunday's strenuous walk around the Snowdon Horseshoe and climbing Moel Hebog (Hill of the Hawk) and Moel Ogof (Hill of the Cave) on Monday, when it came to Tuesday we decided on a 'chill out' day and visited the beautiful little village of Portmeirion.  This is a place I've wanted to visit for some time but even more so since seeing Rob Piercy's watercolours inspired by his love for the place.  Portmeirion is a tourist village built between 1925 and 1975 in the style of an Italian coastal town.  It's a wonderful little place and we were blessed with glorious sunshine the day we visited which made the colours of the buildings and gardens all the more vibrant.  I took my little watercolour sketch pad with me, a paintbrush and a palette of watercolours, got some water from the pond in the gardens and sat sketching for an hour in the sunshine.....



Watercolour sketch of the Dome Gallery, Portmeirion


Gary took some great photos of this gorgeous place with loads of juicy colours for me to use in future paintings......



Click here for a link to Rob Piercy's Portmeirion collection which I saw exhibited at his gallery in Porthmadog earlier in the day - they are superb!  Oh to be able to paint like that!

Oh and to finish off here are a couple of photos from Monday's walk

Making my way up Moel Hebog - Hill of the hawk, not that we saw any!

The beautiful little village of Beddgelert


Thank you for taking the time to read my rambles, as always I would love to read any comments you have, enjoy your day!



29 comments:

  1. I had a lovely time going through your pictures and paintings. Thanks for sharing your blog , it's a littel jewel.

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    1. Thank you so much Helen for your kind comments

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  2. what an awesome sketch...and idyllic setting

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    1. thank you - I really enjoyed sitting out in the sun painting and didn't even mind that people looked over my shoulder to see what I was doing! which I thought I would

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  3. Beautiful watercolor sketch and so fun to see it photographed with the buildings in the background! What a charming little town! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Hi Theresa and thank you for your lovely comments. It is a charming place, I'll definitely revisit

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  4. I'm really pleased you found my blog, thank you for your kind comment. It obviously means I have found your blog, which is great, love the water colours and I look forward to seeing more in the future. Portmerion does look nice, especially as you caught it on a sunny day, what a great way to spend some time :-)

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    1. Hi Alan good to see you here and thank you for visiting and leaving such kind comments. We were very lucky with the weather - we've had so much rain it was nice to see a bit of sunshine!

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  5. How I wish we were still back there!!! It was a lovely day in Portmeirion, its a beautiful little place and it was so nice sat watching you paint, cant wait to see some more paintings from the photos, you'll be able to have your own 'Portmeirion collection' as good as Rob's!! x

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  6. Fabulous place. Great to see you are doing some plein air.

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    1. Hi Laura I did enjoy it - thought I would feel weird but just got into it and it was great fun

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  7. Keep them coming, it's a pleasure to follow your rambles. It's a super place to sit and draw or paint, visual delights in every direction.

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    1. There certainly was a lot to inspire me and it took a while for me to decide exactly what to paint - but as there was not that many seats available it ended up having to be from that position so decided on the Dome Gallery

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  8. Can remember visiting Portmeirion as a child... didn't they film "The Prisoner" there? Lovely sketch there Sharon..... think we all need to do more plein air, really good practice for us!!!

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    1. I will definitley be doing more plein air now that I've got a taste for it. Yes the Prisoner was filmed there, although i don't really remember it

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  9. Beautiful sketches. I've been to Portmeirion quite a few times, very inspirational place.

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    1. Thank you Madeleine - I'll definitely be going back there, it was lovely

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  10. Still on my list of places to visit ... and has been since I discovered it was where 'The Prisoner' was filmed (as Judith mentioned). Great sketch that captures the colours and the wonderful architecture nicely.

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    1. Hi Michael and thank you, you should go, you'd love it especially on such a nice day

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  11. Popping in from artists in Blogland really beautiful pics and nice little sketchbook

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    1. Thank you Lilian, I really appreciate you dropping by!

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  12. Wonderful place! Full of color, I can really see why it can inspire anyone who creates! And your sketch, Sharon is beautiful!! Am glad that you had such a good time!
    Warm regards.

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    1. You're very kind Konstantina thank you

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  13. Great post, Sharon. I remember the TV series, "The Prisoner," being made there ... it was such a State-of-the-art series at the time

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    1. thank you John - I could see you doing your work on these buildings!

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  14. What a lovely watercolour sketch, you really are very clever! Love the colourful photos too. It does look like a lovely place to visit.

    I also particularly liked the House Sparrow on the earlier post.

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    1. You're so kind and it is a lovely place, surrounded by mountains as well - lots of bird life too!

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  15. Beautiful!

    Ciao bella
    Creative Carmelina

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