I have just started another painting of my favourite view at Attenborough Nature reserve. The composition is worked out and the charcoal drawing done. I can’t wait to get my oil paints out. It will be ready for my open studio on 24th and 25th November. I will post the progress of the painting.
St. Davids is the smallest Cathedral City in Britain and is the shrine of the patron saint of Wales. The magnificent 12th Century Cathedral nestles in a hollow beside the ruins of the Bishop’s Palace which was built around 1340.
The painting shows the Cathedral and the ancient gatehouse which was the main approach from the Bishop’s borough outside the Close Wall. The octagonal tower contains a ring of eight bells. St David, or Dewi Saint as the Welsh call him, chose this sheltered valley of the River Alun to found his religious colony in the middle of the sixth century.
This is the most westerly region of Wales and is part of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park with outstanding scenery all around the peninsula.
One of my favourite occupations is to be in a beautiful place and have time to sit and sketch. I have accumulated quite e few sketch books and I can clearly remember drawing each one. A photogragh is too quick. Taking the time to draw cements the time and place into memory so well.
This drawing was done on my recent painting trip to Manzac en Bas, in the Ariege Region of France, One day at Montesquieu, I found myself perched on a man-made mound in a meadow with a concrete top. ( I have no idea what it was) From my elevated position I had a perfect view of the sloping meadow with some pretty houses.
I think I’ll make a few greeting cards with the image.
This is a watercolour of flowers in some of my favourite colours. The original has been sold but I have found a fabulous printer who produces wonderful fine art prints. Approximately A4 size from £40 with larger sizes available.
The 50 acre site of Clyne Gardens at Blackpill was formerly the estate of the Vivian family. The gardens were started in 1860 by the industrialist Graham Vivian and his nephew Algernon was responsible for the glorious collection of Rhododendrons and Azaelas for which the gardens are nationally famous.
Clyne Castle now serves as a hall of residence for the University College of Swansea and lucky students spend an unforgettable sojourn there.
In 1952 the gardens were acquired by Swansea City Council and opened to the public the following year. The council’s policy of extending the collection of plants ensures that the gardens are a continuing source of interest for the visitors.
The painting features the lower valley of the gardens and beyond the Rhubarb-like leaves of the magnificent Gunnera Manicata, which can grow to 6 ft in diameter, can be seen some of the Rhododendrons, Irises and candelabra Primulas of the bog garden.
Copyright Rita Mitchell Studio 1993
This painting was originally published in ‘Swansea and Gower in Watercolour’ one of my annual calendar publications’ Fine art prints are available.