Inspired: Rosie Davies

by Webmaster, 23rd October 2018

Watercolours, oils and iPad sketches by Rosie Davies, Llanarmon DC, Wrexham

Watercolours, oils and iPad sketches by Rosie Davies, Llanarmon DC, Wrexham

Rosie lives with her husband Rob in the Ceiriog Valley near Llangollen. She has an open studio at her home on the second Saturday of every month and she raises money for Cancer Research through sales of her book Ceiriog Valley in Colour.

Above: Cloud reflections

“While walking in the Snowdonia mountains, I came across this still water, speared with grasses poking up through the cloud reflections. It had been quite a dull day so my painting took on a more colourful note.”


Thunder and ruin (Dinas Bran)

“The ruins of Dinas Bran castle high up above Llangollen have seen the ravages of not just war, but also of the elements. And I wanted this painting to illustrate that these old stones are still being attacked – only this time by the gathering thunder clouds.”


Pistyll Rhaeadr

“The iPad is great for mess free creativity, and although I didn’t complete this image on site, I could make an instant sketch and note colours within a few minutes while standing in front of my inspiration. I love working on the iPad – it’s very illustrative. You can work on-site and it gives you a colour spectrum, paint brushes of different shapes and sizes, luminosity and density. You can be creative with the brushwork and can make quick sketches without getting the paint box, paper or water out – it’s so clean and quick. I’ve taught schoolchildren in the Ceiriog Valley how to get arty on their tablets and they love it. And with their knowledge of technology it doesn’t take long for them to get creative.”


Lake Vyrnwy

“I love this lake – it’s so beautiful I could paint it again and again. I sat and painted a small watercolour notation on-site, but painted a much larger version in the studio. I tend to paint in the studio because I have everything to hand, the sheep don’t upset the paints, the rain doesn’t spoil my work, and the gnats don’t get to take a meal from me!”


Sun and storm (Valle Crucis)

“I undertake demonstrations and workshops for local art groups and I chose this subject for its bland, grey stonework! Everyone was supplied with a photograph I’d taken on a dull day so that they didn’t copy a photograph, but rather paint a painting, putting drama into the subject. This painting is quite moody – it’s about putting drama and colour into your work – it’s not a precise representation. I use artists’ license a lot.”


Scroll down to see more examples of Rosie’s work…


More information

To see more of Rosie’s work, visit her website at www.tithebarnwales.co.uk


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