The Ancient Yew

27 May

Yew 1

Husb and I drove up through mid and north Wales yesterday to go to a John Cale gig in Liverpool. It was awesome! On the way, we took an idyllic shortcut between Beulah and Newbridge on Wye and stopped for a spot of lunch at the venerable old Red Lion Inn at Llanafan Fawr. Opposite the pub is the church of Saint Afan and in the churchyard is an ancient yew, around 2,200 years old.

Yew 2

Of course, I had to have a scribble. It is huge and forms a dark cave around it’s enormous trunk, or network of trunks where there are fallen gravestones, so old that the carved writing has all but disappeared. It was very spooky and Gothic in there. I drew with black, sanguine and white conté crayon into my A4 brown paper sketchbook.

 

 

I have put my series of drawings en plein air of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you want to see more, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page. So did you know that Elvis Presley is descended from the Welsh? This drawing below is the legendary grave of Saint Elfys (Elvis) in Pembrokeshire, not for from the Presceli Mountains. Elfys? Presceli? Elvis Presley? Coincidence? hhhmmmm

St Elvis

Stuffed

25 May

Tonya and owl

I can only manage to get to life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop for the second half on Thursday nights so the sessions are already well under way. Tonight, I wandered in and saw that our model was flanked by two stuffed birds, an owl and a jay. It was tough drawing two different creatures side by side, the scale is so very different as well as the anatomy. But at least neither of them moved much, the model because she’s very experienced and the owl because it’s stuffed.

 

I have put my series of drawings en plein air of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you want to see more, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page. So did you know that Elvis Presley is descended from the Welsh? This drawing below is the legendary grave of Saint Elfys (Elvis) in Pembrokeshire, not for from the Presceli Mountains. Elfys? Presceli? Elvis Presley? Coincidence? hhhmmmm

St Elvis

Ruinous

24 May

Sweynes Howse 2

A warm but foggy morning wasn’t ideal for megalith hunting but off I went anyway, with prehistorian Dewi Bowen and filmmaker Melvyn Williams to visit the Neolithic Sweyne’s Howes burial site at Rhossili. This is the ruinous southern Howse. I enjoyed drawing in the thick mist, so atmospheric, although it was a challenge to draw the mistiness onto the paper. I used black, sanguine and white conté crayons into an A4 brown paper sketchbook.

Safwn Gyda Manceinion / We Stand With Manchester

23 May

The Vigil [1]

Safwn gyda Manceinion / We stand with Manchester. The Vigil. Castle Square, Swansea. 1800 hours. May 23rd 2017.

The Vigil [2]

Open For Art, Cake And Amazing Machines

22 May

Coming soon, an open weekend at Swansea Print Workshop with guided tours around our Tardis-like studios, demonstrations of expert techniques on the Saturday and Sunday, our fabulous antique and modern printing machines, cakes and original art for sale and an exhibition that runs all week. I’ll be doing a demo of monotype techniques on Sunday 4th at 11.00.

Rose working 1JPG

Here I am working on a monotype at Wingtip Press in Boise, Idaho, USA

 

SWANSEA PRINT WORKSHOP | 19A CLARENCE ST. | SWANSEA | SA13QR

Demonstrations, exhibitions and sale of original prints | cards |drawings and handmade items

SATURDAY JUNE 3 | 10.30 TO 4.30

Demonstrations of techniques |2.00 | DRYPOINT |Dave Barron| 11.00 | LINOCUT | Alan Figg |

SUNDAY JUNE 4 | 10.30 TO 4.30

Demonstrations of techniques 11.00 | Monotype printing | Rose Davies |11.30 | Screenprinting | Sarah Hopkins | 2.00 | Watercolour Woodblock | Judith Stroud |2.30 | Inking up and printing an etching plate |Ian Fisher |

 

open day 2017

 

This is an opportunity to buy original prints at very reasonable prices, to watch demonstrations of how these prints are made and help support a community asset. Bring your friends along and enjoy a homemade cake and a drink. We run courses if you want to learn a process and if you are a member, have the opportunity to exhibit your work.

SALE of original prints by children on our Outreach programmes

WHERE TO FIND US We are located opposite the main Bus Station and the Quadrant in the centre of Swansea. There is an hour free parking in Clarence Street and several of the adjacent streets.

For more information about the event please refer to our website  www.swanseaprintworkshop.org.uk

REFRESHMENTS AVAILABLE ALL DAY

Come in, have a drink and a cake and browse the prints. Original prints and artists cards are for sale at very reasonable prices. Artist members have donated prints which allows us to offer a limited number below gallery prices.

 

 

The Cross

21 May

May 6

Here’s the main drawing I did during the weekly life drawing session at Swansea Print Workshop. I like working with this model, there is so much expression in her face so I focused on doing a portrait, working with white, sanguine and black conté crayon into an A3 brown paper sketchbook, which gave me a fourth tone. I started by blocking in the white highlights roughly then adding finer detail with the other colours.

 

 

 

I have put my series of drawings en plein air of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you want to see more, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page. So did you know that Elvis Presley is descended from the Welsh? This drawing below is the legendary grave of Saint Elfys (Elvis) in Pembrokeshire, not for from the Presceli Mountains. Elfys? Presceli? Elvis Presley? Coincidence? hhhmmmm

St Elvis

Life Drawing (Female Nude Study)

18 May

Chrissy 1

Just back from life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop. I did a couple of drawings, this is a 10 minute study in white and sanguine conté crayon into an A3 brown paper sketchbook from Seawhites of Brighton.  It’s late and I’m going to bed now. Good night zzzzzzzzzzzz

 

Neolithic Metropolis

17 May

Green Cwm 2

From the burial chamber near the magnificent beach at Three Cliffs, we headed inland to Parc le Breos to visit another Cotswold Severn tomb. It’s much more complex than most of the tombs we’ve visited, it’s quite big really, almost a metropolis and it was difficult to work out where to start my sketch. So I decided by finding the most comfortable place to sit and drawing what’s in front of me. I drew with black, white and sanguine conté crayons into my A4 brown paper sketchbook.

Green Cwm 1

 

 

I have put my series of drawings en plein air of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you want to see more, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page. So did you know that Elvis Presley is descended from the Welsh? This drawing below is the legendary grave of Saint Elfys (Elvis) in Pembrokeshire, not for from the Presceli Mountains. Elfys? Presceli? Elvis Presley? Coincidence? hhhmmmm

St Elvis

The Other Side

16 May

Penmaen Burrows 3

I often draw things several times from different angles and this is around the other side of the Cotswold Severn tomb I scribbled the other day. It was also an excuse to sit down on fresh springtime grass peppered with bluebells. For over a year now, I’ve been going out with prehistorian Dewi Bowen and filmmaker Melvyn Williams to find Neolithic and Bronze Age stone monuments linked to the tale of The Boar Hunt, Y Twrch Trwyth, from the Mabinogion, the ancient book of Welsh legend.

Penmaen Burrows 4

This burial chamber is in Penmaen Burrows, just off the beaten track down to Three Cliffs bay.

 

I have put my series of drawings en plein air of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you want to see more, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page. So did you know that Elvis Presley is descended from the Welsh? This drawing below is the legendary grave of Saint Elfys (Elvis) in Pembrokeshire, not for from the Presceli Mountains. Elfys? Presceli? Elvis Presley? Coincidence? hhhmmmm

St Elvis

On A Roll

15 May

Penmaen Burrows

We’re on a roll with the weather, getting out weekly to hunt down and draw megaliths in the South Wales landscape. For over a year now, we – prehistorian Dewi Bowen, filmmaker Melvyn Williams and me – have been on our quest to find Neolithic and Bronze Age stone monuments linked to the tale of The Boar Hunt, Y Twrch Trwyth, from the Mabinogion, the ancient book of Welsh legend.

Penmaen Burrows 2

And so we found our way to this Cotswold Severn tomb at Penmaen Burrows, just off the main path down to Three Cliffs Bay. An idyllic place, nestled in the dunes sprinkled with bluebells sparkling in the strong Spring sunshine. It will probably be overgrown and hard to find later in the summer.

 

I have put my series of drawings en plein air of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you want to see more, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page. So did you know that Elvis Presley is descended from the Welsh? This drawing below is the legendary grave of Saint Elfys (Elvis) in Pembrokeshire, not for from the Presceli Mountains. Elfys? Presceli? Elvis Presley? Coincidence? hhhmmmm

St Elvis

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