The Big Draw-ing

30 Oct

Dolmen 8


The 15 Hundred Lives art collective that I’m a member of is holding a Big Draw event at the Creative Bubble artspace for a couple of days. October is not only the month of the national Big Draw, the world’s biggest drawing festival, it’s also the month of All Hallow’s Eve, an ancient festival for remembering the dead. It’s a Christian festival, part of Allhallowtide; a pagan festival based in the Celtic Samhain; Calan Gaeaf, the Welsh winter festival; and the 20th century secular Halloween tradition of trick or treating.

A lot of my artwork is based on memories of those who have died, my ancestors, and I started a big drawing inspired by this and by my recent couple of days in Pembrokeshire drawing ancient burial monuments.  I don’t see it as a depressing thing at all.  I started by ripping up lumps of newspaper and sticking them on to a roll of Fabriano Accademica with Pritt stick. Then I started drawing onto it with compressed charcoal. Here’s a slide show of the development of the work.

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We had quite a few people drop in and draw with us, some lovely work and lots of great discussions. Another day of it tomorrow – I might do another big drawing.

4 Responses to “The Big Draw-ing”

  1. allesistgut November 2, 2015 at 08:56 #

    Great, and I like the newspaper look. It’s a huge contrast to the motif. Have a happy day! 😀

    • Rosie Scribblah November 2, 2015 at 09:19 #

      Thank you. Off up to the mountains today. Have a good day in the Baltic 😊

  2. hollowjb October 31, 2015 at 13:12 #

    This event sounds wonderful. I woke up this morning thinking about a big drawing, somethin g I almost never do. It must have been transatlantic subliminal transference. JBH

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