Sunday, 23 January 2011

Portmeirion

My plans to spend more time painting took a set back, both because of unexpected events offline and, of course, the crash of my web sites which took several days to reinstate. However, I've finally taken up pen and brush to do this Line and Wash of Portmeirion in North Wales.

Portmeirion was a very small settlement until 1925 when it was aquired by architect Clough Williams-Ellis. He soon began building and converting cottages, and many were found in other locations and transported brick by brick. Williams-Ellis wanted to prove that architecture didn't need to ruin the landscape but could be sympathetic with it, and you don't need to be there long to see that buildings and landscape are in perfect harmony.

Portmeirion is most famous as the setting for the 1960's TV series "The Prisoner" starring Patrick McGoohan. The unusual shapes and colours of the buildings create a surreal and idyllic environment.

8 comments:

  1. Wow this is lovely John, and so colourful too.

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  2. I reeeally like this John! It has a quirkiness about it. It is right up my street! :0)

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  3. Thanks Frank.

    Sandra, it's a quirky sort of place. If you've been, you'll know, and if you haven't, you must - you'll love it. ;-)

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  4. Lovely work John, it is a treat visiting your blog. Love the colors and composition. Well done.

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  5. Joan, what a lovely thing to say ... thank you. Glad you like the painting.

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  6. John, browsing your blog I came across this and I love this style of painting. (sort of English?). colors, everything about it...

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  7. Thank you Barbra Joan, it was a fun painting to do.

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  8. I hadn't seen this one John. Yes a very strange place indeed and you've captured it well. My wife has been there but I just remember 'The Prisoner' - first time round too LOL ;)

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