Cityscaping in Carmarthen
This week I was asked to create a live Cityscape at the launch of the wonderful Weird Fish shop in Carmarthen. I’ve worked with Weird Fish lifestyle and clothing retailer over the last year, creating canvas tote bags printed with Cityscapes celebrating local town and regions for their stores across the UK. All things Welsh and beautiful was the theme of the large-scale Cityscape painting that I undertook on the day, based on an earlier design that I’d created for them and which had been printed onto canvas tote bags, which were a great gift-with-purchase for lucky shoppers.
The start of my Cityscape journey was in Anglesey, which brought back memories of camping on the island over thirty years ago as well as climbing Snowdonia. I can still remember the amazing views and aching legs like yesterday!
I have family connections in North Wales so drawing the amazing viaduct at Llangollen, set amongst the hills, took me back to this beautiful, green corner of the world. I like to include a nation’s iconic symbols too, which for Wales includes the leek, the mountain goat as well as the red kite, which flies high in the sky on the top right of the design. There are lots of castles in my design of course as well as lighthouses that shine their light into the sea beyond. One of the hardest things is to decide is what to keep in and what to leave out as I simply can’t fit everything in, which is always a frustration and disappointment. I know someone won’t be happy and will complain bitterly to me at not making the cut!
Customers at Weird Fish offer me a helping hand as to what they love about Wales and it’s great to see children drawing their favourite things, which included daffodils, castles, sheep and red squirrels.
It takes about 5 hours for me to create the painting and I have to take care not to spill any paint on the lovely clothes at Weird Fish. Concentration is key, particularly with all of the Welsh names, which are hard for me to spell and oops … I did make a couple of typos. Fortunately my free hand style of illustration is very forgiving!
As the day went on, the drawing came together and here is the finished canvas which will stay in the Weird Fish shop in Carmarthen for customers to see. And if you can’t get to the Weird Fish shop in Carmarthen then you can have your very own Wales art print right here!