Back To The Boomers

25 Aug Marsden S

Marsden S

After yesterday’s drawing detour to The Druids’ Temple in The Lake District, I’m back with the Boomers that I drew last week. I’ve done over 50 of the planned 100, but I’ll still have to get my skates on to complete them by the end of the year. It’s a big age group, from 1946  to 1964 and this Boomer is one of the youngest. I’ve been drawing with a graphite stick into my A4 ringbound sketchbook and each sketch takes no more than 30 minutes, many take a fair bit less time.

 

the-hunt-rose-davies-poster

Over the last seven months, I have been travelling across South Wales with Rhondda-born archaeologist Dewi Bowen and Swansea film maker Melvyn Williams in all weathers with my portable drawing board, portfolio of Fabriano paper and a bag full of assorted artist’s materials to draw our ancient heritage.  Dewi is researching his latest book on Neolithic monuments and Melvyn is making a documentary film of our literary and artistic adventures.

I’ve done around 50 drawings now and these will be exhibited in my solo show in The Worker’s Gallery in the Rhondda Valley in September. Please click here to find out more about it.

 

The Druid’s Temple

24 Aug Druid's circle 4b

Druid's circle 4b

I spent a few days in glorious sunshine in The Lake District in Cumbria last week and I just happened to be staying a few minutes walk from Birkrigg Common where there is a lovely Neolithic double stone circle, The Druid’s Temple. Double stone circles are rare so it was a treat to be able to sit and draw at one in such wonderful conditions. It makes a change to sketch in sunshine instead of battling gales, rain and sleet! Summer finally arrived in Britain!

Druid's circle 4

I worked with conté crayons in black, white and sanguine and also Daler Rowney artist soft pastels The paper is Fabriano that I had prepared with several layers of gesso and then drizzled it with my own home-made walnut ink.

“The Druid’s Circle” is now available for sale in my Artfinder gallery, please click here to take a look.

 

 

the-hunt-rose-davies-poster

Solo show: Yr Helfa / The Hunt

Over the last seven months, I have been travelling across South Wales with Rhondda-born archaeologist Dewi Bowen and Swansea film maker Melvyn Williams in all weathers with my portable drawing board, portfolio of Fabriano paper and a bag full of assorted artist’s materials to draw our ancient heritage.  Dewi is researching his latest book on Neolithic monuments and Melvyn is making a documentary film of our literary and artistic adventures.

I’ve done around 50 drawings now and these will be exhibited in my solo show in The Worker’s Gallery in the Rhondda Valley in September. Please click here to find out more about it.

 

Doing Porridge

23 Aug Carr M

Carr M

 

I’ve spent a couple of days in an old prison! Doing time with some delightful people. I can’t say any more for now but there’ll be more news in a few months. In the meanwhile, I came back home earlier today and had hundreds of emails to sort through. Luckily I worked hard on my Baby Boomer portrait drawings last week and here’s one strong women Boomer who was fascinating to talk to. I’m just over half way through, I hope I can reach 100 by the end of the year.

Malmaison 1

Poshest prison I’ve ever been in!

Over the last seven months, I have been travelling across South Wales with Rhondda-born archaeologist Dewi Bowen and Swansea film maker Melvyn Williams in all weathers with my portable drawing board, portfolio of Fabriano paper and a bag full of assorted artist’s materials to draw our ancient heritage.  Dewi is researching his latest book on Neolithic monuments and Melvyn is making a documentary film of our literary and artistic adventures.

I’ve done around 50 drawings now and these will be exhibited in my solo show in The Worker’s Gallery in the Rhondda Valley in September. Please click here to find out more about it.

And if you want to see some of my other artwork, please click on the image below.

Quoit

 

 

 

Bittersweet

22 Aug Baylis K

Baylis K

On my quest to draw one hundred Baby Boomers, I’ve had three full days of drawing recently in the lovely Galerie Simpson, and it’s been great catching up with old friends and acquaintances as well as meeting new people. One of my sitters was on the same Foundation course at Art College back in the 1970s (no, there were no dinosaurs) and it’s bittersweet remembering back sometimes and wondering how time has flown by so quickly.

Eventually, I’ll be using the 100 drawings in a large scale installation about my generation. I haven’t decided exactly how I’ll do it yet, but I’m thinking along the lines of developing the drawings into printmaking media to build up small and large iconic images from our era.

 

Over the last seven months, I have been travelling across South Wales with Rhondda-born archaeologist Dewi Bowen and Swansea film maker Melvyn Williams in all weathers with my portable drawing board, portfolio of Fabriano paper and a bag full of assorted artist’s materials to draw our ancient heritage.  Dewi is researching his latest book on Neolithic monuments and Melvyn is making a documentary film of our literary and artistic adventures.

I’ve done around 50 drawings now and these will be exhibited in my solo show in The Worker’s Gallery in the Rhondda Valley in September. Please click here to find out more about it.

And if you want to see some of my other artwork, please click on the image below.

Quoit

A Man Of Distinction

21 Aug Spriggs P

Spriggs P

When you’ve been drawing as long as I have, just about all my life, you realise how different people look, even those who look alike are not really, except maybe identical twins. But sometimes you meet an individual of such distinction that they stand out from the crowd and this Baby Boomer who posed for me recently is such a man. But not necessarily easier to draw. When someone has such a distinctive face, you can’t fudge it and get stuff in the wrong place because it’s instantly noticeable. This is one of the 100 Baby Boomers I have been drawing for some time now. I’m just over half way through and hope to finish by the end of this year. Eventually, these will be used in a large scale installation about my generation. I haven’t decided exactly how I’ll do it yet, but I’m thinking along the lines of developing the drawings into printmaking media like silkscreen, woodcut or stamp and using these to build up small and large iconic images from our era.

 

Over the last seven months, I have been travelling across South Wales with Rhondda-born archaeologist Dewi Bowen and Swansea film maker Melvyn Williams in all weathers with my portable drawing board, portfolio of Fabriano paper and a bag full of assorted artist’s materials to draw our ancient heritage.  Dewi is researching his latest book on Neolithic monuments and Melvyn is making a documentary film of our literary and artistic adventures.

I’ve done around 50 drawings now and these will be exhibited in my solo show in The Worker’s Gallery in the Rhondda Valley in September. Please click here to find out more about it.

And if you want to see some of my other artwork, please click on the image below.

Quoit

Talking To My Generation

20 Aug Milburn C

Milburn C

I’m on a roll with my Baby Boomer drawings – I’ve done 14 half hour sketches of my generation in the past week. I don’t just draw, I allow enough time to have a cup of tea, a piece of home made cake and a chat about what it means to be a Baby Boomer, in the lovely surroundings of Galerie Simpson. It’s fascinating to listen to people and these conversations will all be fed into the work I plan to do after I’ve drawn 100 Boomers. One thing that’s coming through strongly from many people is how privileged our generation has been, how optimistic and active but at the same time, maybe naive; we really thought we’d change the world and in some ways we did, but an awful lot remains unchanged or even worse. But nobody could accuse the Boomers who’ve come through so far of being complacent. We’re an opinionated bunch.

 

Since February I have been travelling across South Wales with Rhondda-born archaeologist Dewi Bowen and Swansea film maker Melvyn Williams.  Dewi is researching his latest book on Neolithic monuments and Melvyn is making a documentary film of our literary and artistic adventures. I’ve been tagging along in all weathers with my portable drawing board, portfolio of Fabriano paper and a bag full of assorted artist’s materials to draw ancestral stones in our landscape.

I’ve done around 50 drawings now and these will be exhibited in my solo show in The Worker’s Gallery in the Rhondda Valley in September. Please click here to find out more about it.

And if you want to see some of my other artwork, please click on the image below.

Quoit

The New Model (Female Nude)

19 Aug Stevie 1e

Stevie 1e

It’s always exciting to get to work with a new model and I had the chance at yesterday’s life drawing session at Swansea Print Workshop. This jolly young woman was a joy to draw. The way I draw depends on a number of factors; my materials, my mood, my surroundings and the subject. This is particularly true when I’m drawing people – my style is often very influenced by my interaction with the model.

As I developed this drawing, from an initial mass of white scribbles, the style that emerged was distinctly comic-book-like. Which is OK with me. I wasn’t afraid to distort the body slightly to fit the space – if it’s good enough for Egon Schiele, it’s good enough for me. I used white, sanguine and black conté crayons into my large, A2, brown paper sketchbook.

 

Over the last seven months, I have been travelling across South Wales with Rhondda-born archaeologist Dewi Bowen and Swansea film maker Melvyn Williams in all weathers with my portable drawing board, portfolio of Fabriano paper and a bag full of assorted artist’s materials.  Dewi is researching his latest book on Neolithic monuments and Melvyn is making a documentary film of our literary and artistic adventures.

I’ve done around 50 drawings now and these will be exhibited in my solo show in The Worker’s Gallery in the Rhondda Valley in September. Please click here to find out more about it.

And if you want to see some of my other artwork, please click on the image below.

Quoit

The Jolly Boomer

18 Aug Giuffrida P

Giuffrida P

And the Baby Boomers are coming in thick and fast! Just completed my second day drawing Boomers at  Galerie Simpson in Swansea’s High Street and here’s a jolly Boomer with the smiliest eyes. I started out last year, aiming to draw 100 Baby Boomers – my generation – and I’m nearly half way through. I’ll have to get my skates on because I want to complete them all by the end of this year.

 

Since February, I have been travelling across South Wales with Rhondda-born archaeologist Dewi Bowen and Swansea film maker Melvyn Williams in all weathers with my portable drawing board, portfolio of Fabriano paper and a bag full of assorted artist’s materials.  Dewi is researching his latest book on Neolithic monuments and Melvyn is making a documentary film of our literary and artistic adventures.

I’ve done around 50 drawings now and these will be exhibited in my solo show in The Worker’s Gallery in the Rhondda Valley in September. Please click here to find out more about it.

And if you want to see some of my other artwork, please click on the image below.

Quoit

Taking Time

17 Aug Griffiths F

Griffiths F

One of the really cool things about drawing Baby Boomers is the chance to take time to sit down and talk to people, many of whom I have known for years, but we’re always too busy for anything more than a cursory chat. As I get older, I find that time shoots by so fast and before I know it, decades have passed. It’s great to talk over stuff that’s pertinent to our generation, good and bad and this is an integral part of my work on Baby Boomers, it will all feed into the final artwork. This lovely Boomer is number 46 – almost half way there. I aim to draw 100 Boomers by the end of the year.

 

Back in February I started travelling across South Wales with Rhondda-born archaeologist Dewi Bowen and Swansea film maker Melvyn Williams, in all weathers with my portable drawing board, portfolio of Fabriano paper and a bag full of assorted artist’s materials.  Dewi is researching his latest book on Neolithic monuments and Melvyn is making a documentary film of our literary and artistic adventures.

I’ve done around 50 drawings now and these will be exhibited in my solo show in The Worker’s Gallery in the Rhondda Valley in September. Please click here to find out more about it.

And if you want to see some of my other artwork, please click on the image below.

Quoit

 

Boom Boom!

16 Aug McCarthy Jo

McCarthy Jo

Baby Boomers will remember the catch phrase ‘Boom Boom’ from Basil Brush, one of the funniest puppets on television, in my opinion. Here’s another of the Baby boomers I’m drawing as part of my plan to do 100 portrait sketches of people born between 1946 and 1964, the Baby Boomer generation. Eventually, I’m planning an installation featuring all the drawings I’ve done, but that’s a long way off yet.

 

 

Recently, I have also been travelling across South Wales with Rhondda-born archaeologist Dewi Bowen and Swansea film maker Melvyn Williams in all weathers with my portable drawing board, portfolio of Fabriano paper and a bag full of assorted artist’s materials.  Dewi is researching his latest book on Neolithic monuments and Melvyn is making a documentary film of our literary and artistic adventures.

I’ve done around 50 drawings now and these will be exhibited in my solo show in The Worker’s Gallery in the Rhondda Valley in September. Please click here to find out more about it.

And if you want to see some of my other artwork, please click on the image below.

Quoit

 

 

 

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