Ar lan y môr (I) (Beside
the sea) - A friend had sent me a link to a photograph of Llanddwyn
Island which is a small tidal island off the west coast of Anglesey.
It has a close association with Dwynwen, the Welsh patron saint
of lovers, making her the Welsh equivalent of St. Valentine. The
name Llanddwyn means "The church of St. Dwynwen" and the
remains of the church are passed on the way to the island.
Using the photograph (with thanks to landscape photographer
Kitchin for allowing me to use it) as a source for my print,
with February 14th in mind, I purposely searched for some fitting
words to accompany the image. I eventually chose the first verse
from "Ar lan y môr" - a well know traditional Welsh
folksong. The carved lettering forms an integral part of the image
and fits both in terms of being a love song and its references to
the subject of the print.
There is a translation here.