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From the inspiration file – Wales

I went to the UK when I had just graduated from high school in 2001 and have always wanted to return, so Joel and I decided this year to take a trip back there. We focused mainly on Wales (with a little Devon thrown in) and basically did a roadtrip around it. 

I loved, loved, loved it. 

There was endless inspiration for plein air sketching, and the only things standing in our way from sketching all day were a) time (we packed our itinerary) and b) weather (cold and sunny, a couple days of rain). We saw castles, manor houses, cliffs, moors, countless english gardens, B&Bs, sheep, sheep and more sheep, ponies, seaside villages, rolling hills, mountains, ancient forests, ancient towns, really ancient ruins (Roman ruins), amazing Victorian décor…the list goes on. I drank too much beer and had too many scones and am now vowing to find clotted (or Devonshire) cream in this part of the world so I can have  a “cream tea” at home (look it up). 

These are my sketches (Chantal’s), if you are interested in seeing Joel’s head over to his blog

 

Thatched cottage and windy road near Chagford, in Dartmoor National Park
Chantal sketching

 

 

Ruins of Skenfrith Castle, Wales.
The beautiful village of Beddgelert, in northern Wales.

 

The view of Beddgelert we were sketching
Seaside village of Porthgain, Wales
Hay-on-Wye, Wales. The "capital of books". Bartrams is a lovely stationery shop.

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