Europe09: Day 06 - Bala to Caernarfon via Harlech

November 2, 2009 | Leave your thoughts


Another big day of trying to do too much and sketching it all!This day I did 8 double spreads as well as 2.5 hours driving!!!?! Crazy! And more castles….

In this combo are the Harlech Castle pages – wow! What an impressive castle!!The third spread is an example of how sometimes you should think before you start adding the shadows exactly as they are on location. The effort of sitting on a railing on the rampart in the extremely strong wind and not losing my sketchbook or paint tin was a mild achievement for me in itself. Pity that I am not at all happy with the end result… But still I had fun!

More about the tearoom….


A few months ago my Flickr friend Making Marks told me about this article on the best 50 tearoom in the UK.

Of course I did my best to plan my itinerary around it… I only was able to make it to one of the 2 Welsh tearooms. But it was worth it!

I kinda regretted that I didn’t have Earl Grey and cream tea at every location so that I could do a true comparison and rating system… Still have plans of doing a rating chart sometime. This one was GREAT!



In the afternoon, ice cream and then another castle…really wasn’t at Caernarfon Castle long enough to remotely get my moneys worth…but enough time to do some ultra quick sketches… Next time….


Sometimes you do a page SO quickly – outrageously careless and it seems to work.I was so impressed by the towers and corridors and walls of Caernarfon Castle. I was annoyed that I had to buy the book in order to draw a plan but at least I can read up on the history a bit more down the track.


After the gates where closed I wandered out to find the classic view – it was a cold grey afternoon but often the sun does come out at the end of the day below the clouds – what I was hoping for happened!


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