When I draw someone, I concentrate so much, it’s very hard work and sometimes it’s only later when I look at the drawing that I get a clear idea of what I’ve done. When you’ve drawn people as much as I have, you realise just how different everyone is and that everyone is remarkable. But sometimes, something about someone stands out more than usual, is even more remarkable, and that’s what happened with this sitter, she has the most extraordinary eyes, so expressive, so poignant.
She sat for me as part of a drawing project I’m doing to sketch 100 Baby Boomers, each in a maximum of 30 minutes. I’ve set myself the target to finish by the end of the year and I’ve reached number 54. I’m drawing with a graphite stick into an A4 hardbacked, spiral bound sketchbook.
Over the last seven months, I have been travelling across South Wales with Rhondda-born archaeologist Dewi Bowen and Swansea film maker Melvyn Williams in all weathers with my portable drawing board, portfolio of Fabriano paper and a bag full of assorted artist’s materials to draw our ancient heritage. Dewi is researching his latest book on Neolithic monuments and Melvyn is making a documentary film of our literary and artistic adventures.
I’ve done around 50 drawings now and these will be exhibited in my solo show in The Worker’s Gallery in the Rhondda Valley in September. Please click here to find out more about it.
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