I’ve just returned from a week-long study trip to Penmon, Ynys Mon (Anglesey). The Old Lightboat House is just metres from the sea, its slipway submerged in water at high tide. Facing toward the Menai Strait, the Great Orme and Puffin Island can be seen to the left, and in the distance to the right, Bangor. The mountains of Snowdonia loom beyond.

I have come back to the studio laden with sketches, notes and en plein air works on paper that I will be launching at Art& in October. I am also designing a new ‘Sketch Book’ which I will also be launching at the event.

Here’s a snapshot:

High Tide on a bright day, looking West towards Bangor (‘ Hiraeth’ – SOLD)

A natural armchair

An armchair, fit for a sketcher!

The great orme and grasses

The Great Orme and grasses

Dawn

Soft dawn

Sun breaks through clouds

Sun breaks through clouds

Yacht on sparkling water

Yacht on sparkling waters

Trwyn Du Lighthouse

Trwyn Du Lighthouse

The lighthouses’s ‘bong’ has been removed! Nobody really knows why…

Sea study

Sea study

Oystercatchers and rain over the Strait

Oystercatchers and rain over the Strait

Buoy

Buoy

Pebbles, weed and waves

Pebbles, weed and waves

Fascinating geology

Fascinating geology lends its colours to the landscape

Rain over the Strait. The great Orme, far left

Rain over the Strait. The Great Orme, far left

Sea like mercury

Sea like mercury

Sparkling water

Sparkling water (‘I’ll Meet You There’ – SOLD)

Yacht

Yacht

Pebble studies

Pebble studies

Weed on water study

Weed on water study

Sea nest

Sea nest

Set up on the slipway

Set up on the slipway

Tide rocks

Tide rocks

…for scale!

Watch this space…