I walked and painted from dawn this morning until the moon rose tonight- it is so good to have a few days alone to indulge myself away from the usual domestic/gallery routine.
There are no boats this week so the island is quiet and I can find plenty of places to sit and take in the atmosphere of the place. I am thinking a lot about the human shaping of this landscape, it has been farmed for thousands of years and the remains of iron age field boundaries and dams are clearly visible through the bracken.
This is something that I find increasingly interesting and is an aspect of landscape which I am hoping to explore in my work – watch this space!
There is a man staying on the island this week who came here in 1947 to ring birds when Ronald Lockley was on Skomer. He is 89 now and has always wanted to come back, you meet some interesting characters here.
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