Time To Play

24 Jan

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As any self-employed person will know, there’s a lot of paperwork and admin, business development and marketing to do and the past couple of months have been full of everything except creative work. If it wasn’t for my daily artblog, most days recently would have passed by without me doing any art work. Except for a couple of days a month with art collective 15 Hundred Lives where we hang out at the Creative Bubble artspace in the city centre to work together and have a bit of a play. It’s a relief to just start out with a germ of an idea and develop it for two days, trying out different materials, working and reworking without having to worry about meeting deadlines or working to a brief. It’s probably trivialising it to describe it as play, but the pressure’s off and it’s a chance to be totally creative, do what I like and see what happens.

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Last month I blogged about the drawings I did in Creative Bubble from sketches I made in the catacombs in Malta. I used one of these as the basis for the much larger drawing I did this weekend, working with the walnut husk ink I made a while ago, applying it with large brushes and a piece of natural sponge. When it was dry I drew on top with a piece of carbon to get some dark definition and then brushed the carbon lines with a largeish brush and water to soften and merge them. I also incorporated a nude male figure from one of my sketchbooks. I’ve been going to life drawing for years and have a pile of sketchbooks filled with hundreds, maybe thousands of life drawings and I am always looking for ways to use these drawings. I don’t know where I’m going with this yet, maybe I never will, but it’s just great to do some creative play once in a while.

Creative Bubble Artspace is supported by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and Swansea BID to improve the city centre.

8 Responses to “Time To Play”

  1. mrsdaffodil January 27, 2015 at 19:21 #

    Very strong composition and a beautiful palette. I like it a lot.

  2. allesistgut January 26, 2015 at 08:43 #

    This is huge. I like! Have a good start to the week. 😀

    • Rosie Scribblah January 26, 2015 at 16:01 #

      Thank you. It’s good to do something so big. Have a great week ahead 😀

  3. anna warren portfolio January 25, 2015 at 08:38 #

    I love these images! Lovely fluid lines. Must be such fun to work so large!

    • Rosie Scribblah January 25, 2015 at 10:06 #

      Thank you, Anna. The walnut ink is lovely to work with. I don’t normally use wet media but this stuff is like liquid silk. It’s great to have access to such a large space so I can work on a massive scale. Fun. 😀

      • anna warren portfolio January 25, 2015 at 13:28 #

        I meant to mention how good the colours were too. Your walnut ink has been a huge success!

    • Rosie Scribblah January 25, 2015 at 21:24 #

      Thank you. I love using it 🙂

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