Nant y Mynydd - for
some reason the Welsh song 'Nant y mynydd, groyw loyw ..."
(Mountain stream, clear and bright) has been running around in my
head for weeks and I decided it would be a good opportunity to find
a stream which represented my 'nant' and to try and capture the
essence of the song in a print. I headed off to a spot which I thought
might meet my needs and indeed it did. At a distance, it's a pretty
non-descript trickle of a stream but in parts it was perfect. It
twists and turns through marshy ground, occasionally forming mini
waterfalls and the section which I chose to draw had a lovely (very
complicated!) tree right on the water's edge.
My mark-making is evolving again, becoming quite detailed
in places and some areas of the print, particularly the almost pattern-like
patches of reeds in the middle distance, remind me of shapes I've
seen in some of the British Vorticist's paintings. A strange connection
to make but one I can't get out of my head now that it's there.