Alabaster, blue elvan and a trip to the Brecon Beacons

Pete has been continuing with an avian theme in his carvings and recently completed a wren in alabaster. The wren sits on a stand made from blue elvan which brings an abstract element to the piece and creates a striking contrast of colours and textures. The wren was bought by a couple from Wales who returned for a second B&B stay with us this spring, giving us the opportunity of a trip to the Brecon Beacons to deliver the carving and enjoy their excellent hospitality. We had a lovely time looking at the paintings, prints, ceramics and sculptures they have accumulated over the decades in their old mill house and garden and were happy to see the wren joining the collection. The next day we climbed up Pen-y-fan, sunshine on the way up and the most dramatic thunder rolling around the hills on the way down.

Below is a photo of the wren which our friend Andrew took at bluebell time this May at Koeschi. It was a lesson in just how hard sculpture can be to photograph! Added to the usual problem of portraying a three dimensional object was the challenge of getting the exposure right on something that is both white and (nearly) black. Very difficult!

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