Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Lady M; watercolour painter.

Lady Magnon is not one to bang her own drum, so I shall do it for her.

Imagine driving up a long hill from the North Shropshire plains, way up onto the top of the first of the rolling Welsh hills, on a stretch where Offa, the King of Mercia, built his 8th Century dyke. It was here that my people had a couple of cottages between the 1960's and late 70's (such things were fashionable then).

The view from behind the cottages, looking west, was the subject of these two watercolours; a view that never failed to amaze, regardless of season, weather, or time of day.

The top watercolour is exactly as I remember it, and it takes me back immediately. The lower one (terrible photo I'm afraid) hides a tiny hamlet called Rhydycroesau in amongst the valley's trees.

Lady Magnon painted these two watercolours in about 1970 whilst we were house hunting in the area. We stayed for a couple of months in one of the cottages, and she painted the landscape constantly. These two are my absolute favourites.

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16 comments:

  1. They're great, Cro.

    Do you have them framed and on the wall where they belong?

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  2. They are indeed; but not chez nous!

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  3. My compliments to Lady M. Tricky stuff, watercolour.

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  4. Love no 2
    The colours are lovely

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  5. Beautiful - glad they're being enjoyed as well they should.

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  6. Utterly gorgeous Cro!
    Tell me, is there a bit of artistic rivalry in your house?

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  7. Just lovely my compliments to Lady M.
    I wish I had 'people' who had some cottages somewhere!

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  8. Cro, those pictures are fantastic. When I was 11 or 12 I used to spend holidays with my Aunt & Uncle at Rhiwlas which is hardly a stone's throw away from Rhydycroesau - small world!

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  9. What a clever lady,these are simply wonderful,no wonder you are proud of her.

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  10. She has a gift does Lady M - capturing these weathered hills. Ours are a little to the south but watercolour would suit the wisps of mists and the ever changing skies - ever counter balanced by the solidity of the these ancient lands.

    .....sorry, sounds a tad arty and serious!

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  11. These paintings bring back many memories.

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  12. Beautiful art. Watercolors scare me. It looks like your artist, is quite an accomplished water-colorist.

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  13. Truly beautiful. So glad you're tooting her horn.

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