Archive | May, 2016

Middle Aged Legs

31 May

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Out with The Plebeian Scribblers at Fringe Arts Bath on Saturday, the four of use did a choreographed drawing performance. Well, simply choreographed. We turned and faced a different direction every 7.5 minutes, turning 90 degrees each time and drawing what was in front of us. After the complete 360 degrees we went back to HQ in the basement of the 44AD Gallery to recover a bit before the next round. It was pretty hot and very crowded and standing for half an hour at a time on the pavement was a bit heavy on middle aged legs.

A FAB Intervention was organised and curated by Swansea artists Melanie Ezraand Tim Kelly.

I’m currently working on a series of expressive drawings of ancestral sites and if you want to see some of my other artworks, please click here.

 

Fox In The Street.

30 May

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I spent last Saturday drawing in the street at A FAB Intervention, a public art event in Fringe Arts Bath. I am part of an ad hoc group called The Plebeian Scribblers and four of us drew in unison in the centre of Bath, giving passers by the opportunity to see artists in action. I did 8 drawings in all, here are the third and fourth, a generic street scene and a close up of fellow Plebeian Scribbler, Patricia McKenna-Jones, who happened to be wearing a fox mask by Swansea artist Ann Lucas. I prepared my sketchbook in advance by pasting in pieces of brown wrapping paper. We stuck to a very strict timescale, changing position every 7.5 minutes so each drawing was done quickly which forced me to focus on the absolute essentials of the subject. It’s good practice for not getting too precious about your work.

A FAB Intervention was organised and curated by Swansea artists Melanie Ezra and Tim Kelly.

I’m currently working on a series of expressive drawings of ancestral sites and if you want to see some of my other artworks, please click here.

 

Hot Public Scribbling

29 May
Drawing at Fringe Arts Bath

Drawing at Fringe Arts Bath

This is the fourth year that I have been involved in the fabulous Fringe Arts Bath, a crazy, anarchic festival of visual and performing arts, taking place all over Bath’s city centre, in empty shops, old mortuary chapels and the street. Last year and this year I was one quarter of a four part combo of artists who draw, The Plebeian Scribblers. We were part of a public access art event, A FAB Intervention, featuring 20 artists and organised by Melanie Ezra and Tim Kelly from the Swansea artscene.

It was hot but not as hot as last year and we found some shade to stand and draw. I drew into my A3 bound sketchbook that I had prepared by sticking ripped pieces of brown wrapping paper into it with Pritt stick glue and I drew with conté crayons in black and sanguine along with some white chalk and a Faber Castell Pitt drawing pen, size S.

The drawing on the left is a reflection in a large shop window, difficult to draw, to decide what to focus on; what’s important to the drawing because there’s so much going on. More drawings tomorrow……

 

I’m currently working on a series of expressive drawings of ancestral sites and if you want to see some of my other artworks, please click here.

Scribbling A Shaman

28 May

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Not long back from drawing with The Plebeian Scribblers at Fringe Arts Bath (FAB). It’s been a beautiful day but very hard work with lots of travelling so I’m going to catch an early night – more about FAB tomorrow 🙂 I drew this shamanic figure into my A3 bound sketchbook with chalk and black and sanguine conte crayons, I prepared the book first with brown wrapping paper.

The Larssons’ Handmade, Homemade Bliss: Swedish Arts and Crafts

28 May

A fascinating artblog and the beginning of the Swedish style

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51N8GZEVEEL._On the 28th of May 1853, artist and designer Carl Larsson was born in Stockholm. Following a difficult childhood spent in poverty, Larsson got a break when an art teacher recognised his talent and directed him towards a creative career. He started off working as an illustrator of books, magazines, and newspapers, then moved to Paris in 1877, where he did not integrate into the circle of the French progressive Impressionists and found it difficult to assert himself. Alongside other Swedish artists, he distanced himself from the innovative avant-garde and retired to Barbizon for two summers where he worked en plein air. In 1882 he settled at a Scandinavian artists’ colony outside Paris in Grez-sur-Loing; here he met his future wife, the artist Karin Bergöö, with whom he would develop a glowing career centred around their famous home and large family of eight children. As Larsson’s colours changed from…

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Storytelling And A Photobombing Cat

27 May
Sparta Puss photobombing

Sparta Puss photobombing

Just back from a great evening of storytelling at Swansea’s Tapestri art centre. I did a couple of quick sketches of the performers. It’s harder to sketch someone who’s moving but very good practice. The storytelling is a regular event on the last Friday of each month.

David Pitt

 

I’m currently working on a series of expressive drawings of ancestral sites and if you want to see some of my other artworks, please click here.

A Mumbles Evening

26 May

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Strolled along the promenade in Mumbles this evening. I’m so lucky to live in this beautiful part of the world.

 

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End Of An Era

25 May
Me! Doodled! By Doodlemum!

Me! Doodled! By Doodlemum!

Over the past three years I’ve been part of an art collective called 15 Hundred Lives with fellow artists Sylvie Evans and Graham Parker and we have put on 27 public access art events at the Creative Bubble Artspace. This last event at the weekend was our final regular monthly one.

 

That doesn’t mean we’re packing up completely, but we are busy with individual projects and in  future we’ll be popping up from time to time to do arty things but not as often as we have been.

Our final event was called TRANSITION, about the transition each of us is making artistically at the moment, we’re all trying out new approaches in our art practice.


We welcomed 2 guest artists over the weekend, Swansea’s Doodlemum Angie Stevens who doodled us and visitors on Friday and Melanie Ezra and her automata, soon to be the subject of a solo show at The Workers Gallery and Workshops, on the Saturday.

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It was a bittersweet couple of days, we’ve worked with over 30 guest artists and welcomed hundreds of visitors to the Creative Bubble over the past two and a half years, but all good things come to an end.

 

I’m currently working on a series of expressive drawings of ancestral sites and if you want to see some of my other artworks, please click here.

Prepping

24 May

I’ve been travelling around South West Wales with archaeologist Dewi Bowen and film maker Melvyn Williams, searching out ancient standing stones linked with the ancient Welsh legends in the book of the Mabinogion.

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When I started I just took along a sketchbook and some pieces of paper without much idea of how to approach drawing these stones, but I soon realised that I needed to have a more complex background to draw on, drawing on white just wasn’t working for me. I tried out some paper I had marbled and that worked better but things didn’t really spark until I cut up a large drawing I’d done in walnut ink onto Fabriano paper. Then things clicked into place and I have been inspired not only by the subject matter but also by the materials I’m using, it’s a synthesis of both.

I’ve done so many drawings now over 11 day trips out across South Wales, that I soon ran out of the original recycled paper so I’ve been preparing more and I did some at the weekend. I started with a large sheet of paper that I had covered with compressed charcoal on a previous outing and then painted all over with white acrylic, watered down a fair bit. Once that dried, it didn’t take long, I started working into it with my home-made walnut ink, drawing a loaded brush across horizontally, enjoying the drippage.

 

When it dried, I put it on the floor and ripped it up into 15 pieces, which will keep me going for a few more drawing trips.

Dewi is researching his new book on Neolithic / Bronze Age monuments. His previous book on the stones of Ancient Siluria (South East Wales) can be found here. Melvyn is recording a documentary about our experiences. Some of Melvyn’s short films can be seen here. I’m currently working on a series of expressive drawings of ancestral sites and if you want to see some of my other artworks, please click here.

The Japanese Way

23 May

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I normally use a printing press to take prints from the plates and blocks I make, but today I had a go taking prints by hand. It hinges on the alchemy between the right sort of ink at the right consistency and the right paper. I’ve been experimenting for a while but today I hit jackpot with a mixture of Intaglio Printmaker’s litho / relief ink mixed with extender onto Hosho paper. I built up lots of layers of very thin ink onto the vinyl block and took the print with a Japanese baren.

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I cut this image into a small block of ‘Softcut’ vinyl from a drawing I did while I was travelling around South West Wales with archaeologist Dewi Bowen who is researching his new book on Neolithic / Bronze Age monuments. His previous book on the stones of Ancient Siluria (South East Wales) can be found here. Accompanying us is film maker Melvyn Williams who is recording a documentary about our experiences. Some of Melvyn’s short films can be seen here. If you want to see some of my other artworks, please click here.

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