Scribbles, Screens And Sketches

19 Aug

Step 1

A while back, some years in fact, I made some photoscreens using little annotated drawings from one of my sketchbooks and I printed them up onto really nice Zerkall paper. Unfortunately, I didn’t like them. They didn’t seem, to me, to make the transition from sketch to screenprint. So I stuffed them in a draw and left them for a long time, thinking that I might reuse the paper in future.

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Earlier this week I did some really abstract scribbles, layering random marks of pastels onto paper and today I decided that’s what I would try to do with some of these discarded screenprints.

So I started scribbling away with a black Daler Rowney soft pastel, rubbing with my fingers in areas to get a more intense black.

Step 5

Tomorrow, I’ll work on some more layers to add more depth and colour.

 

A lot of my artwork is available on my Artfinder gallery.  If you’d like to have a look, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

Surreal Scribbles

18 Aug

Husb and I were just listening to the BBC4 concert of music by Ravi Shankar and Phillip Glass, with the awesome Anoushka Shankar playing. It was sublime. I decided to do a bit of automatic drawing,  which the Surrealists did a lot of. I uploaded a photo of a pastel multilayered scribble that I worked on a couple of days ago into the Markers app on my Samsung Galaxy Tablet Note 8. Then I started scribbling along with the music, randomly,  without trying to make the marks look like anything in particular.  I rarely draw from my imagination,  I draw from life, so it’s good for me to let go and give myself a bit of freedom. 

Getting Physical

16 Aug

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I normally scribble on my own but today I was facilitating an art session and started off with a physical art exercise to warm us up. A lot of people don’t realise how physical art can be. I think that’s maybe because a lot of people do art as a hobby and perhaps don’t go so far into the technology or the physically demanding side of it.

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I stuck a large sheet of paper from a roll onto a long table with masking tape and handed the other person a black chalky pastel. I had one too. Then we attacked the paper! No plans, no ideas, just scribble, jab, stipple, rub all over. After a few minutes it was covered in myriad shades and textures of black. Then we picked up white chalky pastels and did the same….. then some muted colours for a couple more layers. The results are fascinating, a bit like looking into infinity. Although it was just a warm-up exercise, these could be worked into collages or mixed media pieces.

A lot of my artwork is available on my Artfinder gallery.  If you’d like to have a look, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

Keep Still!

15 Aug

Keep still

Why is it that the minute, THE VERY MINUTE, that you start sketching a sleeping cat they fidget??!! We’re just trained monkeys. Nothing more.  😦

 

 

A lot of my artwork is available on my Artfinder gallery.  If you’d like to have a look, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

Somewhere Special To Look At Mobile Phones

14 Aug

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Husb and I just got back from Oriel Ceri Richard’s Gallery, at Taliesin Art Centre, which has been at the centre of protests in recent months because of plans by Swansea University to close it. It was opened in 1984 and named after Welsh painter Ceri Richards. It has showcased local, national and international artists, living and dead, over the past two and a bit decades. When we arrived, there was no art on the walls but lots of photos of artists who have exhibited there over the years; there I am above with the 15 Hundred Lives collective, fellow artists Graham Parker and Sylvie Evans.

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Someone had brought some coloured chalks so I started scribbling, of course. It’s like being a kid again but without grown ups to tell you off 😀 Once I started drawing I was oblivious to anything else. The University wants the space for ‘an enhanced student experience’. The artist’s impression shows a playgroup-type space with lots of students sitting around on boxes looking at their mobile phones. Because they need somewhere special to look at their mobile phones, don’t they? It’s such a shame that a gallery with such a good reputation is being lost to the area. The University seems to have forgotten that the Taliesin Arts Centre, which houses the gallery, was mainly funded by Swansea’s local communities through a public Development Appeal Fund in the 1960s. And now the public is to be deprived of it.  Here’s a petition if you’d like to sign it.

 

 

A lot of my artwork is available on my Artfinder gallery.  If you’d like to have a look, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

Fanny Eaton, Pre-Raphaelite muse

14 Aug

 This is a fascinating blog I wanted to share. Worth a look.         http://wp.me/p6qHAP-iG

Barbie Poop And Twin Peaks

13 Aug

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So, my young niece sent me a link to YouTube a few months ago and asked if I could make her a rainbow unicorn cake like the one on YouTube for her 18th birthday. It looked easy enough. So her birthday’s here and I’ve been cooking for a couple of days to get her cake ready and all went well until it came to putting on the icing and making it look like a unicorn. Then it sort of went pear-shaped. The pound and a half of buttercream icing on the outside looked too bland so I threw handfuls of different coloured shimmer sugar crystals at it so the unicorn became a sparkly piebald, which I don’t think unicorns are supposed to be.

Then the icing kit I’d bought to decorate the top of the cake with lovely pink and white stripey rosettes didn’t quite work out for me and it ended up covered with little piles of what looked like Barbie poop. You know, like the ‘poop’ emoji but pink and white instead of brown. poop emoji

So I  smoothed it down with a knife but then I had to find some real flowers to decorate the head around the horn that I’d bought specially. Luckily, a friend had brought me flowers when she visited a couple of days ago and I used a few of those. Finally I had to cut some attractive eyelashes from black paper but mine went all sort of sinister and I ended up with a mutant unicorn cake that Husb reckons looks “like something from Twin Peaks“. I think that’s meant to be a compliment?

Luckily, when it was cut open it looked a lot better and tasted nice too.

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A lot of my artwork is available on my Artfinder gallery.  If you’d like to have a look, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

A Gallery Visit

12 Aug

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Husb and I paid a visit to the lovely Workers Gallery in Ynyshir in the Rhondda Valley today. I am one of the gallery artists and I wanted to change the work I’m displaying there. Each gallery artist has a bit of wall to display their work. The Workers also has a Main Gallery for curated exhibitions. It was the last day of Susan Zeppellini’s sculpture and drawing show, “The Crows Descend”, which is fantastic.

I’m exhibiting a large monotype titled ‘Scrutiny’ based on drawings I did working with a life model.

 

 

A lot of my artwork is available on my Artfinder gallery.  If you’d like to have a look, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

A Last Little Quickie

11 Aug

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And here’s the last of the very quick watercolour sketches I made recently, sitting in the sunshine on the clifftop in Southgate overlooking the sea. I concentrated on capturing the flow of the colours before me, rather than recording details. I’ve never been particularly into land / seascape art so I don’t have any hard and fast rules to influence me. I’m just hanging out doing my own thing. I used Winsor & Newton half pan watercolours with a glued block of Waterford watercolour paper from St. Cuthbert’s Mill.

 

I am putting my series of drawings of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you’d like to see them, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

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Just Back ….

10 Aug

Just back from life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop and I am pretty tired now. I was working with a marvellous young model this evening,  using my Samsung Galaxy Tablet Note 8 with the free Markers app.  I used my finger to draw as much as I did with the stylus and kept overlaying tones one on top of the other. I made a simple sponge cake for our tea break, filled with home made gooseberry jam, made with fruit from our allotment. 

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