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June 2, 2013

Happy Amateur

by gordonmichaelsutton

Spent a few days with artist friends over in Ruthin, North Wales. Must be honest, they’d stayed in their caravan – a.k.a. ‘the love tin’, while we’d stayed in some luxury at the nearby Manorhaus Hotel. The awning of the caravan served as a very useful informal art room and shelter from the rain outside.

Here’s a pen and ink sketch of some trees in the distance that I did after a hearty lunch.

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And at the entrance to the farmer’s field was this unusual tree – we decided it should be called the candelabra tree for reasons that might be obvious.

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I’m currently reading The Yellow House by Martin Gayford – based on an intense 9 week period Vincent Van Gogh spent in Arles in Southern France with fellow artist, Gauguin. You may care to check out this review – http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2006/apr/08/featuresreviews.guardianreview11

Now I’m no Van Gogh or Gauguin – merely a happy amateur – but I do get the appeal of a special location for painting and drawing – and this area around Ruthin is the area that works for me. Here are a couple of shots to give you the idea.

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A virtual deluge the evening before had left the grass looking particularly lush.

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The speed of the brook also testifies to the previous night’s weather.

Finally, one more of my pen and ink sketches – this time looking out across the farmland to the hills in the distance.

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