Ancient Welsh Poem

19 Jul

Gododdin

I joined a group of women Welsh learners at Ty Tawe earlier this evening. We’re practising to be part of the ‘Nawr Yr Arwr / Now The Hero‘ immersive art event in Swansea in September. We’ll be part of a group of one hundred female voices reciting a section from an ancient Welsh poem, Y Gododdin– please click on the link to hear it being recited by the excellent actor, Eddie Ladd. Of course, I had to have a scribble, sneaking a look around the table at my fellow reciters.

Waste Not Want Not

18 Jul

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I was doing some teaching today and there was some acrylic paint leftover, good stuff, Liquitex. Waste not, want not, I thought and used it up on a canvas board. I rubbed a layer of black on first, in a rotating motion with a large stippling brush and when that was dry, a layer of diluted green/blue and finally, working from the bottom right with a blunt hoghair brush and some maroon. It’s completely random but I need to loosen up my techniques and work more intuitively. It’s also good for my students to get into the habit of using up all their materials and trying out different things.

A Digital Quickie

17 Jul

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Got to the end of a busy day without doing a drawing so I grabbed my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet with a free drawing app called Markers and did a quick digital sketch of my foot. I used mostly opaque colours which gives it a sort of silkscreeny look.

Concrete And Astroturf??!!

16 Jul

loganberry cordial

Husb and I are keen gardeners, well, no, that’s not true. I’m a keen gardener and Husb would happily fill the garden with concrete and Astroturf! Our garden is small but we also have an allotment and grow a lot of fruit and some veg. At this time of year, we’re picking our produce which means spending time cleaning and preserving it. Today we made 6 jars of gooseberry and elderflower jam and 6 bottles of loganberry cordial and picked about 4 kilos of jostaberries (a cross between gooseberries and blackcurrants), a kilo of rhubarb and a load of rainbow chard. Not much chance of doing anything arty with all this going on, but I did this drawing a while back of our local castle which overlooks the allotments. It’s an idyllic place, we’re very lucky.

Tomorrow, I’ll be jamming all those jostaberries and making rhubarb chutney.

The Finished Piece

15 Jul

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It’s been a couple of weekends since I did the screenprint book course at Swansea Print Workshop with Kelly Stewart and I just realised that I didn’t blog about the finished piece. Well, here it is: the front above……

….. and the back below, showing the covers …..

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And here’s everyone’s …..

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An Artist’s Inspiration

14 Jul

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Husb and I visited the very talented glass artist, Deanne Mangold, at her Open Studio today. Deanne is working up a new panel based on one of my drawings of Neolithic and Bronze Age standing stones, this one in Dinas in Pembrokeshire.

It’s very flattering that another artist finds inspiration in my work and it’s fascinating for me to see how she has interpreted my original. Deanne’s Open Studio continues tomorrow (Sunday 15th July) from 10.00 to 1.00.

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Gustav Klimt’s Secessionist ‘Medicine’

14 Jul

The influence of Japanese printmaking on European art…. https://wp.me/p3x4lI-1wO

Colour And Mark

12 Jul

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These images are from one of the exercises I ran at a women’s creative group last weekend. I called it ‘Drawing for the Terrified’ and it was a, hopefully, fun two hours that nevertheless did some serious drawing exercises.

My idea was to help inexperienced artists to gain confidence and skills while experienced artists had a chance to play and try things that maybe they hadn’t done for a while. For this one, focusing on colour and mark-making, I asked everyone to think of three significant events or people in their lives, positive or negative, and assign to each a colour and a type of mark and then to draw them onto a large, collective sheet of paper, as big or as small as they wanted. Then we took pre-cut mount (matte) boards and placed them over sections to look at the new images that emerged.

By connecting colour and mark with significant people or events, they became associated with an emotional response.

Jewel Like Intensity

11 Jul

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Yesterday I blogged about the Action Scribbling exercise I did on Sunday, today I took some pre-cut mount (matte) boards and placed them over different parts of the large roll of multi-coloured scribble, isolating small areas from the whole and focusing attention on the detail in each of these smaller pieces. They have an amazing depth and jewel-like intensity to them.

There’s a feel of Abstract Expressionism about them and they could be framed up and hung as individual pieces of art in their own right but I’m thinking that maybe they would be good to use for collage.

Action Scribbling!

10 Jul

scribbling

I spent last Sunday with a lovely group of creative women in North Gower, gorgeous surroundings, and I ran a 2 hour art session called, ‘Drawing for the Terrified‘, where I aimed to demystify drawing and help people to feel comfortable with it. I started of with a group activity I call ‘Action Scribbling’. I taped a roll of paper along a table and put a few boxes of drawing materials out – chalky pastels, oily pastels, compressed charcoal and chalk and I asked each of the dozen participants to choose two, one for each hand and then we started to move very quickly around the table, scribbling onto the paper with both hands as we rushed around for 5 minutes. It was fun and at the end we had a table full of colour and movement, rather like a work like Jackson Pollock. I gave everyone a small mount card and asked them to find the smaller pictures within the larger one. It’s surprising what we discovered – landscapes, seascapes, beautiful abstracts…..

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