Rebecca Coleman Rebecca Coleman Green Man icon Green Man icon
Beautiful south Wales
22 August 2014, 16:43

As I write, I am looking out of the window of my new studio onto a beautiful mountain side. Early this morning I was walking through rising clouds of mist as the sun's warmth penetrated through the trees onto the mountain path. This is in such a contrast to just a few weeks ago when I was still living in east London. The valleys of south Wales have felt like home ever since we first visited them last year, and now they really are our home!

I am looking forward to exhibiting some of my work in the lovely Cloud 9 gallery in Lancashire - in the town of Bacup from 7 September (see the events page for more details). I also have had several pieces selected for the Society of Graphic Fine Art annual exhibition at the Menier gallery in October.

I was thrilled to be featured in this summer's edition of the London Transport Museum Friends News, which included an image of View Subterranea 4. What was fascinating about this piece of work is that when I drew the image in July of last year at St James's Park station, little did I realise that less than a year later the C-stock train I was drawing would be withdrawn from service forever. So my work is now an 'historical' piece! I understand that you can buy the magazine from the museum and at the Friends' events.

Living in the Rhondda Valleys I am trying to teach myself to draw the amazing scenery all around: from the soft undulating hill sides to the dramatic plunging cliff edges. To the west of home, the valley side is like a deep cauldron carved away by the millennia. The other morning, as the sun was rising and the rain was falling, we saw the most enrapturing, deeply-coloured rainbow that seemed so solid it was like it had been painted from the clouds into the valley. It was truly nature in all her glory.

I am excited to have just completed a new wood engraving, View Subterranea 5 - depicting Blackhorse Road station. I'm looking forward to starting to print the edition this weekend. And I've already started my preparatory drawings for the next in the series.

I am looking forward to the autumn and lots more hard work!


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