Sketchbook – Welsh National Opera’s ‘In Parenthesis’

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The drawings were made during three days of dress rehearsals in May of this year. As well as the music, this new production was visually amazing. The drawings have been made into a book 7.5 x 5.5 inches, 24 pages, stiff cover, and are £20 + £1.50 p&p. Available from me, contact haines_studio@hotmail.com

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Sketchbook, Card and Print Sales

Cards

I have a selection of paintings reproduced as cards and prints, available in the studio or by post. These are also available in The Golden Sheaf Gallery in Narberth.

 

 Preseli Sketchbook

This is an A5 book, 28 pages of drawings and watercolours selected from some 40 years of painting in the Preselis. Price £20 +£2 P&P

In Parenthesis Sketchbook

In May 2016 I attended three dress rehearsals of Welsh National Opera’s stunning new opera based on David Jones’ First World War poem In Parenthesis.

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As well as the music by Iain Bell, the sets and lighting were extraordinary. I have made the 24 pages of drawings into a book measuring 5.5 x 7.5 inches, with a stiff cover, printed by Cleddau Press of Haverfordwest.

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Price £20, + £2 P&P

 

Sketchbook from the Somme

2004

The first of July, 1916, began as a beautiful and sunny day. At half past seven the Battle of the Somme began. By the end of the battle, four months later, casualties had passed one million.

‘Before the blackness of their burst had thinned or fallen the hand of Time rested on the half-hour mark, and all along that old front line of the English there came a whistling and a crying. The men of the first wave climbed up the parapets, in tumult, darkness, and the presence of death, and having done with all pleasant things, advanced across No Man’s Land to begin the Battle of the Somme.’
(The end of ‘The Old Front Line’, 1917, John Masefield.)

In 2004 Elizabeth Haines travelled to the Somme with the David Jones Society, returning with a full sketchbook.

David Jones Mamatz In Parenthesis

This sketch is from Mametz while thinking of the lines

‘Through which their bodies grope the mazy charnel way… seek to distinguish men from walking trees …’
from David Jones’ epic prose poem ‘In Parenthesis’ (1937),
quoting in its turn Mark, 8:24 ‘And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking.’

‘In Parenthesis’ recounts the story of John Ball who attacks Mametz Wood on the first day of the battle
and later his long injured crawl back.

Lament for Llywelyn

This sketch is also from Mametz and the words are taken from a 13th century Welsh poem which David Jones knew.
The Lament for Llywelyn ap Gruffudd by Gruffudd ab Yr Ynad Coch.

‘Poni welwch chwi hynt y gwynt a’r glaw?
Poni welwch chwi’r deri’n ymdaraw?’

In translation the passage runs:

‘See you not the rush of the wind and rain?
See you not the oaks lash each other?
See you not the ocean scourging the shore?
See you not the truth is portending?
See you not the sun hurtling across the sky?
See you not that the stars have fallen?
Have you no belief in God, foolish men?
See you not that the world is ending?’

memorial to the 38th (Welsh) Division. Mametz Wood

On the left page is a sketch of the memorial to the 38th (Welsh) Division,

remembering their losses of nearly five thousand in the second attack on Mametz Wood.
It was in Mametz Wood after its capture, that Robert Graves found the dead body
which inspired his poem ‘A Dead Boche’.

‘Today I found in Mametz Wood
A certain cure for lust of blood.’

Near the Ulster Tower

Memorial to the men of the 36th (Ulster) Division

 

This sketch is from near the Ulster Tower, memorial to the men of the 36th (Ulster) Division. It stands to the south-west of the Schwaben Redoubt, a triangle of trenches, which the Ulster Division attacked uphill on the first day of the battle. The Ulster Division not only captured it, but held it for some time, also advancing towards Stuff Redoubt.

The shellcase was given to me by a farmer's wife. Her husband still turns them up every year on his land.

“The shellcase was given to me by a farmer’s wife.
Her husband still turns them up every year on his land.”

Sketchbook from the Somme

A small number of copies of this sketchbook have now been printed in a facsimile edition.
You can order your own signed copy of Sketchbook from the Somme for £25 directly from Elizabeth Haines, telephone 01437 532498

Sketchbook from the Somme

There are 56 pages and it is spiral bound.

Ketchbook from the Somme

The book is 150 by 110 mm and printed on quality 170gsm cartridge with board covers.

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Each copy is signed by the artist.

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The number of facsimile copies is limited.
You can order your own signed copy
for £25 directly from Elizabeth Haines.
Telephone 01437 532498 (from the UK),
+44 1437 532498 (international).
Or go to Contact page.

Poppies. Flanders fields.Poppies from the field margins in the Somme

‘In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row by row,
That mark our place;’

Written some 75 miles to the north near Ypres by the Canadian doctor and poet, Lt. Col. John McCrae.

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North Wales Sketchbook

Brasluniau Golgedd Cymru, 1975-2009

A sketchbook of drawings and paintings made over many years of travels in North Wales.
Beginning at Cader Idris and moving towards the Berwyns
with a number of sketches made at Rug near Corwen.
Moving up through Criccieth and then around Snowdonia, ending at the Lleyn,
with drawings from a journey with the David Jones Society in 2005.
60 pps, spiral bound, price £35 +p&p.
Printed by the Senecio Press.

Copies may be bought direct from
01437 532498
or haines_studio@hotmail.com

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Painting in St Remy and Avignon

For the last fortnight of October, Dick and I travelled to Avignon and St Remy de Provence; we drew every day. We visited was the Asylum of St Paul de Mausole, where Van Gogh was a patient for a year in 1889-90, and where he completed over a hundred paintings. This was an extraordinary and moving experience.

We saw the Alpilles from afar in Avignon, these steep limestone crags rise steeply from behind the Asylum; from our hotel window we looked straight up at them.  Since coming home I’ve developed a number of paintings on this theme.

Les Alpilles, sunset

Les Alpilles, sunset

The Alpilles from St Remy

Les Alpilles from St Remy

 

St Paul de Mausole

St Paul de Mausole

Persimmon tree in the Asylum garden

Persimmon tree in the Asylum garden

 

The Asylum garden

Olives at St Paul

Olives at St Paul

 

Provencal Landscape

Provencal Landscape

Far Mountains

Far Mountains

Olives under the Alpilles

Olives under the Alpilles

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Drawings and watercolours of the Wakhi shepherds

I must have watched the first episode of Kate Humble’s Wild Shepherdess at least a dozen times, so absorbed did I become in the story of these heroic people. I sometimes think that a Preseli hill farm is wild in the winter – in January the Highland cows had icicles hanging from their ears – but that was nothing to the hardships endured by the Wakhi in the High Pamir.

So I began to draw and paint them from images on the screen, using a sketchbook as I would have done on the spot; here are a few of the results. I’m hoping to show more of them at MOMA in September.

Approaching the Wakhan Valley

Approaching the Wakhan

 

The valley

The valley

 

The sheep

The sheep

The yaks

The yaks and a small child

A shepherd

A shepherd

A dealer

A dealer

 

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Bakht Begum

 

By the lake

By the lake

 

The High Pamir

The High Pamir

 

Drawings made at a Concert by Chamber Philharmonia Cologne

Members of the Chamber Philharmonia

 This was an electrifying concert at St Mary’s Church, Cardigan, on 19th July. I’ve drawn musicians for many years, mostly at rehearsals, but here I was able to draw at a concert under cover of the people in the row in front. Afterwards, the group had a standing ovation – hear them if you can! These are some of the drawings I made.

 

 

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