As we’re on a few emailing lists occasionally something comes through that is actually quite interesting. In this case Wendy received an email newsletter from Menai Cottages which mentioned some outdoor art installations they’d sponsored by Anthony Garratt called “Four on Anglesey” and as one of them was almost directly behind Cerrig-y-Barcud, the cottages we were staying at, we ventured up the track for a closer look.
This first which I’m guessing would be classed as Southwest, “A view to Caernarfon Castle” was on a circular walk in the area although we were told later in the week that if you were walking clockwise it was easy to miss unless you spotted it through the cutting in the hedge. As we approached from the other direction you could see it to the left of a hedge. Opening the gate it was possible to get up close to the painting and although I’m not a painting fan I found it quite impressive. Mounted on two metal posts the 2.5 meter painting captured the view over the Menai Straights perfectly, the way the piece was created clearly evident in the layers of paint on the canvas. After a few photos we decided weather permitting we’d go and look for the other three.
The following day we had to make a visit to the north of the island for supplies so on the way back we headed towards our second outdoor painting, “Rhoscolyn”, which was situated in a walled garden next to Plas, a magnificent property on the southern side of Holy Island with views out over Rhoscolyn bay. Again the painting was a brilliant representation of the view although the weather was a lot better when we were looking at it than was shown in the painting. This painting was a little more tricky to get to, the way to get closer not obvious at all so we climbed over a gate, a bit naughty and if I’d have read the website properly we have got to it the proper way, but it did make it a bit more of an adventure.
The weather played a bit more of a part in our plans than was usual meaning we ended up rearranging runs, walks and fishing but there was a small break mid week while we were buying supplies in Menai Bridge so we continued along the road and through Beaumaris to Penmon Point to have a look at our third outdoor painting “The view to Puffin Island”. This was couldn’t have been easier to find looking out, as the title suggests, towards Puffin Island from the small area of grass between the sea and the car park. Anthony’s painting gave a great impression of the wind, which was a fierce right to left affair, with white topped waves and dark clouds speeding across the sky.
The last one towards the Northeast of the island is simply called “Lligwy” and is next to the café near the southern car park on Lligwy beach. We’ve not explored this area to much and had hoped to go for a cycle ride as well as visiting the painting but the weather and our tired legs betrayed us so we meandered from the northern most car park through some small dunes to the painting which looked out of the beach towards Ynys Dulas.
So, four seascape paintings in four areas, all great representations of the landscape in which they are placed. I’m not an art expert but in some ways they are. a bit like Turner’s paintings, with dramatic brooding skies, but with a more modern approach. It’ll be interesting to see what they’re like in a few months as they’re going to be on site until October, affected by the Anglesey weather.