On the weekend, I visited Melincourt Falls in the Neath Valley, gathering reference photos for a painting.
This waterfall is 25m high and surrounded by an ancient oak woodland. Large ferns grow in the damp mist from the Waterfall. In the Spring, there is a carpet of bluebells.
Melincourt is rich in history; being an artist, it was inspirational to find out that in 1795 a young Joseph Mallord William Turner visited the Waterfall.
Below is a photo of his watercolour sketch. At the time, he was preparing his first oil exhibition and was studying the rendering of water.
I wondered how much the waterfall had changed over the last 222 years.
I wonder how he learned about the waterfall and how he made his journey there with his bag full of art supplies.
Was it on a horse, was he on his own, or did he travel with other artistic friends?
I plan to return in the spring with my sketchbook and some paints when the Bluebells are out on the forest floor.
(Photo Jan 2017 Melincourt Falls)