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Popping Up

16 Sep



This evening I did my third stint in a little pop-up studio at the Taliesin Arts Centre. I’m a member of an artist collective, 15 Hundred Lives, and we have an exhibition at Oriel Ceri Richards Gallery until the 26th of September. We’ve been given some space in the Taliesin foyer/bar to do live art, so I’m there on Wednesday evenings throughout the exhibition’s run and collagist Sylvie Evans is also doing some sessions. You can see her collaged sail installation hanging in the stairwell.


I started when the bar was fairly quiet which gave me a chance to draw something other than people. I don’t like drawing architecture and interiors, really hard, much prefer to draw people and animals. So this evening was good practice for me. I used a double page from my A4 hardbound sketchbook that I’d prepared with brown wrapping paper glued in with Pritt stick. I drew with Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens, sizes S and F.

Eventually the bar filled up with people come to see this evening’s film and I had some great conversations with those interested in what I was doing. I took along some completed sketchbooks for browsing. It’s a good opportunity to publicise my work, hand out business cards and direct people downstairs to the gallery to see the exhibition. Only one more pop-up studio session to go, but I’m going to be doing an artist walk-and-talk around the exhibition on Saturday the 26th. More about this soon.

Here’s a short video about our exhibition showing the three of us doing our art and you get to hear me speak.

One From The Archives 8: The Mirrors

16 Sep
The Mirrors

The Mirrors

I like this style because it allows me to pick out the most essential aspects of a scene.  The drawing style I use most is the ‘continuous line’ method, where I keep the pen on the paper without taking a break and restarting in another part of the drawing. I also hardly look at the paper at all.

That method of drawing lends itself particularly well to direct line monotypes. A detailed description of which can be found here.   In this monotype I have taken a very busy and colourful life drawing and focussed in on the emotional centre of the piece; a woman lost in her thoughts, seemingly alone.

By outlining the woman and her reflection boldly, I hope to draw the gaze to the hard exterior we all sometimes show to the world. Individual limbs and even her face are softer; more delicate and almost blend in with the background. The image shouts “leave me alone” in a way that the more colourful original never could.


Fairy girl double

Fairy girl double

If you want to find out more technical details about the printmaking techniques I use please click here to go through to the technical section on my website. The drawing “The Mirrors” is available for sale on Artfinder and if you’d like to find out more, please click on the link here to go directly to it or click on the link on the right hand side of this blog to see other works for sale.

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