Scribbling USA


I came to Boise to collaborate with a group of artists to produce a body of monotypes and drawings, which we did, but I can’t resist the urge to scribble;it’s like scratching an itch. This is one I did of a grain elevator in Oregon. I’d never seen one before. It was huge. This is scribbled into my tiny bound leather steampunky sketchbook using a new Sharpie superfine pen. I’m not too keen on it as it bleeds through the page, but it might be better on a thicker paper, it gives a good line and flows well.


Yesterday I was at a steamroller print session in a local school. It was very hot so I spent some time sitting in the shade, scribbling. It’s great to be able to draw so many kids because they’re so completely different to adults. Skinny little Bambi legs and heads that look too big for their bodies. Scribbling in public means you have to be very quick and sometimes you get good sketches, sometimes not. This is a mixed bag but that’s what being an artist is about, you have to practice all the time.

This residency has been supported by The Arts Council Of Wales and Wales Arts International.


Published by Rosie Scribblah

I'm an artist / printmaker / scribbler. I love drawing and all the geeky stuff associated with printmaking, working in a figurative style. I live in Wales with husband and demented cats. And my real name is Rose Davies :D

7 thoughts on “Scribbling USA

  1. Great scibbles. I’m very wary about sketching people in public and especially children. So often i am aching to do so. Daft society we live in but so it goes. What’s the etiquette do you think?

    1. I don’t know of any etiquette, there are legal guidelines with photography, but not sketching as far as I know. I just sit in a corner and sketch quietly and generally don’t have enough time to do a good resemblance, especially with crowd scenes. So far no-one has objected, touch wood! But I often struggle with the role of an artist as voyeur.

  2. I’m so thrilled you had this opportunity to scribble around a tad in Idaho and Oregon. We’ll have to get you even farther my direction the next time. May your journey home be safe (and you hopefully have something left in the Steven Tyler bio to chuckle about!). Pass along a squeeze to Sparta and Ming and a greeting to you husb.

    1. Thank you, it was brilliant being roomies with you. Just spoke to Husb on the phone and Sparta bit him while he was chatting to me! I certainly hope to come back, let’s make the most of this Rocky Mountain collaboration. Can’t wait to get Swansea artists networking with you guys 🙂

  3. Scribbling in America is great. So long as you keep it to sketchbooks and select bathroom walls. We got enough graffiti over here to cover everything in two coats of spray-paint.
    Hope you’re enjoying your stay in the USA.

    1. Hm graffiti, haven’t tried that. Perhaps I could start a new career as a senile delinquent? I have enjoyed myself enormously. I’m flying via Chicago today, but not enough time to see anything of the city. I hope to return ………

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