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Saturday, 1 December 2012

Castell y Gwynt (Castle of the Winds)


Our first proper winter walk of the year - loads of snow up on the Glyders in Snowdonia and even though I've been full of a horrible cold all week I was determined to get out there as the conditions were looking good .... and we weren't disappointed.  This is one of my favourite views, Castell y Gwynt (Castle of the Winds) up on Glyder Fach with the Snowdon Horseshoe looking glorious in the background.  It's a view that has been painted by many landscape artists - I've not yet tackled it but plan to one day - whether anyone will actually get to see my effort is another matter!

Here are some of my favourites from real artists!

© Louise Morgan
see more on her website HERE

© Alwyn Dempster Jones (pastel)
I've seen this one 'in the flesh' at the Helfa Gelf event (North Wales Open Studios) amazing detail and really nice to meet him, here is a link to his blog
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© Dave Roberts (pastel)
I've been lucky enough to see this one up close as well at the Helfa Gelf when we visited Dave Robert's studio - a brilliant painting and a really lovely guy too


© Rob Piercy
 from the amazingly talented artist Rob Piercy painted this wonderful interpretation of Castell y Gwynt - fabulous isn't it....
here is a link to his website
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Rob Piercy is previewing his Christmas exhibition at his Porthmadog gallery tomorrow and Gary's taking  me to see it - can't wait to meet the man himself!

Here is another of his paintings and another place where we walked yesterday - the beautiful Cwm Idwal,  what a fabulous painting and just how it looked yesterday with the snow topped Glyders behind

© Rob Piercy

 to see more photos from yesterday's walk,  pop over to our walking blog
if you like winter mountain landscapes I promise you won't be disappointed!



19 comments:

  1. Interesting to see how different artists interpret the same scene, looks so beautiful up there!
    I hope the cold air killed your cold.

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    1. I always love to see different interpretations of the same subject - my cold's still hanging in there, bit fed up of it now !

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  2. Very nice photo, shows how beautiful winter skies can be. It's very interesting to see this scene in the works of different artists, styles and mediums. Mountains are so inspiring! ("real artists" - aren't you funny!)

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  3. Great selection of pictures and looking forward to seeing what emerges from your easel after the trip.

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  4. I think you are a real artist too. I would really like you to paint my three ducks. From Findlay

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  5. Some pretty impressive work on show here Sharon....waiting to see yours now!

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  6. Thank you for the introduction to magnificent scenery. Can't wait to see your effort.

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  7. Stunning photograph. You are fortunate to live near to such splendour and fit enough to scale the heights. You are a serious walker! Interesting to see the other paintings. The Alwyn Dempster Jones is so clever, as in mere strokes he indicates even the different faces and tones of the rocks - like Wainwright.

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  8. I suspect your own painted version will be just as beautiful as these artists' interpretations, Sharon. The photo is gorgeous too and I can't believe you walked in those mountains! And with the remnants of a cold/flu bug? Amazing!

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  9. Thanks for sharing, Sharon - I thoroughly enjoyed this post!

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  10. What fantastic paintings, Sharon...a beautiful place to visit..now I need to see your version...it will be wonderful...!

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  11. What a beautiful place. Its fascinating to see all the different approaches to the same view and look forward to seeing yours. Hope your cold is better after that!

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    1. Hello Tracy don't think you'll be seeing my version that soon, it is fascinating to see the different approaches isn't it

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  12. Gorgeous photo of one of the best spots about!

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    1. Definitely one of my favourite spots too! thanks for stopping by

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  13. It's a lovely place to visit Sharon but I have to admit I haven't been since the 1990's... I must (knee permitting) put that right next year. I did the round including Tryfan and the Devil's Kitchen a wonderful day out.

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    1. I hope you do get to go back there Andrew - Tryfan is fantastic and been up the North ridge a few times - Gary wanted to go up there Friday but I'm not that comfortable using crampons and ice axe yet and I wasn't keen so played it safe

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