Conjuring Up Wales

May 5, 2020

How does it go again? Oh yes….
I never saw a Moor —
I never saw the Sea —
Yet know I how the Heather looks
And what a Billow be.

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

I’ve not travelled a great deal. My idea of an exceptional journey would be choosing some smallish city or large village, renting an apartment over a shop for a month, then spending each day walking with my portable watercolour kit and folding chair to a different, yet close spot and becoming very familiar with it through drawing and painting and observing and experiencing–everyday a new, yet local viewpoint–getting to know one place well.

Not for me, these cruises or bus/rail excursions, trying to glimpse way too much, too quickly, itinerary-driven and herded about. It’s the visual equivalent of wanting everything at an all-you-can eat buffet–determined to defy the limitations of one’s plate by having it all.

Re-reading this paragraph, it comes off as pious and rather haughty. Truly many would find my notion of travelling more than just a little boring, and yes, possibly a recipe for loneliness. In any case, for all my grand proposing, I’ve never actually done it!

I do most of my travelling via imagination. So, here’s how I conjure up Wales:

“Conjuring Wales”
watercolour, 7″ x 12″, Arches #140 Hot Press Paper
by Lance Weisser
($150/matted, email:

13 Responses to “Conjuring Up Wales”

  1. ….what kind and encouraging comments, Francina–you are always so very encouraging, Lance

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  2. Francina said

    Beautiful painting, Lance, I do love the sky colours, they blend beautifully with the landscape. I like to travel, but no not in touristic groups or any organized trips. Not my cup of tea. There is nothing wrong with your holiday’s wishes.

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  3. nimi naren said

    Aww..thank you!

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  4. memadtwo said

    You are always welcome.


  5. THANK YOU NIMI–I hope people seeing this will visit your always-a-pleasure site, ‘Simple Moments’.


  6. …..I’m so glad I’m not the only one, Kerfe! Thank you so much for your supportive words.

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  7. memadtwo said

    It’s a magical conjuring.
    I’m a terrible traveler myself. Your holiday sounds just right. (K)

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  8. True. We have relatives in Europe, so when we go, we are frequently simply members of the household rather than tourists.

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  9. Thank you for saying this, Michael. We’re cut from the same cloth.

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  10. Better to put your roots into a place and really get to know it.

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  11. THANK YOU for your confirming words.

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  12. That holiday sounds perfect to me. And no, I’ve not done it either! Great picture.

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