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.
They're great, Cro.ReplyDelete
Do you have them framed and on the wall where they belong?
They are indeed; but not chez nous!ReplyDelete
My compliments to Lady M. Tricky stuff, watercolour.ReplyDelete
Love no 2ReplyDelete
The colours are lovely
Beautiful - glad they're being enjoyed as well they should.ReplyDelete
Utterly gorgeous Cro!ReplyDelete
Tell me, is there a bit of artistic rivalry in your house?
No... She's far superior.ReplyDelete
Oh I love these! ))ReplyDelete
Just lovely my compliments to Lady M.ReplyDelete
I wish I had 'people' who had some cottages somewhere!
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!ReplyDelete
What a clever lady,these are simply wonderful,no wonder you are proud of her.ReplyDelete
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.ReplyDelete
.....sorry, sounds a tad arty and serious!
These paintings bring back many memories.ReplyDelete
Beautiful art. Watercolors scare me. It looks like your artist, is quite an accomplished water-colorist.ReplyDelete
Truly beautiful. So glad you're tooting her horn.ReplyDelete