12 Jun



I’m lucky to live near one of the loveliest beaches anywhere, Swansea Bay, and Husb and I often wander down for a stroll. I used to sketch it a lot but haven’t done for ages because it got boring; I couldn’t find anything new to draw. I had recently been thinking about the drawings of van Gogh and his wonderful expressive mark-making and so today I decided to take a different approach. Instead of trying to find something different about the subject, I concentrated on mark-making, on the way I put the drawing down on the paper. That took my attention away from what I was drawing and onto how I was drawing and in a roundabout way the subject emerged more or less on its own. The mark making took in the lengthy shadows on the beach cast by an evening summer sun, the pier, the smoke from the Port Talbot chimneys in the distance, the tiny figures strolling near the water’s edge.


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.

6 Responses to “Shadowbeach”

  1. allesistgut June 13, 2016 at 07:35 #

    Lovely sketch!!! 🙂

  2. Alli Farkas June 12, 2016 at 23:55 #

    Love doing ink sketches this way. I get the same feeling about losing attention on the drawing and letting it emerge. Maybe something about the regularity and constancy of the ink strokes?

  3. Leonie Andrews June 12, 2016 at 23:54 #

    Great to see the result. I agree it can be hard to keep drawing the same subject repeatedly and retain an interest.

    • Rosie Scribblah June 13, 2016 at 05:59 #

      Especially when it’s sand, sea and sky lol. Hard to do with a pen. I have set myself a challenge now though

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