Amroth Art

A couple of years ago I took my other half to visit Amroth in Pembrokeshire for the very first time. (I’ve lived here in Pembrokeshire on and off for almost 20 years). It was love at first sight for him as he is as fond of beaches and the sea as I am.  And Amroth is certainly a beauty…

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Little did we know then that we would soon be living just a few minutes away!

 

Amroth is a stunning pebbled beach that gives way to glorious sands when the tide recedes.

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I love wave-washed pebbles. Smooth, rounded and incredibly tactile they could appear as a sea of grey but instead there is a myriad of colours, especially when still wet from the sea.

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Many people feel inspired to create at Amroth; there are usually pretty cairns or pebble statues left alone to salute the sea at the end of the day.

 

The first time we visited we made a lovely discovery. Along the side of the path were hundreds of decorated pebbles! Most were merely marked with names and dates, but some featured drawings, some had been left in memoriam, some featured jokes or riddles…

 

We have no idea who created the first pebble or why, but it was certainly inspiring. A quick trip to the beachside shop for marker pens and the three of us (my teenaged daughter accompanied us) thought long and hard about our own contribution…

 

This is what I came up with…

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Okaaay…so I’m not much of an artist! (Though the photographs came out well.) I’ve been disappointed that the phenomenon hasn’t been repeated since as I had been so determined to up my game. I have wondered though if anyone else smiled when they found my pebble, wherever it may have later washed up? Eventually my penmanship will have been eroded by the sea and I kind of like that idea of it having been of the moment…

I’m not the only one who has found pebbles to be an intriguing canvas on which to work. There are a whole range of artists using pebbles to create…

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From simple…

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…to intricate…

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…to useful! Painted strawberries can be placed amongst your strawberry plants before the fruit ripens. Birds spy a tasty treat and try to eat them – only to find they really aren’t very tasty at all! By the time your fruit is ready, the birds don’t think that they are really edible and should leave them alone.

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I think that these are some of my favourites…I can just imagine a large glass jar filled with these delicately simple designs…

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 We’ve created a Pinterest board (Old Hat – Painted Pebbles) with all of these images and more – click on any of the pebble pictures here to find it and find the original sources where available. If you feel inspired please send us a picture of your creations and we can add it to our board!

 

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