Out and about this morning, I had an ice cream in Joe’s ice cream parlour and then nipped down to the beach for a quick scribble in my A4 brown paper sketchbook, with conté crayons in black, white and sanguine. The light was quite dramatic, full of chiaroscuro.

That’s Mumbles in the background. The name is supposed to have originated with French sailors who, many years ago, upon sailing around the headland and seeing the twin islands for the first time, exclaimed ,”Mamelles, Mamelles” which translates as “Breasts, Breasts”. Trust the French, eh?


Then this evening, onto a lovely exhibition by local artist Jeffrey Phillips at Swansea’s Environment Centre.

jeff phillips

Jeffrey’s exhibition of humanist and environmental artworks, Desire and Despair, runs from January 11th to February 15th Tuesday to Friday 10 – 4 and Saturday 10 – 2.

Published by Rosie Scribblah

I'm an artist / printmaker / scribbler. I love drawing and all the geeky stuff associated with printmaking, working in a figurative style. I live in Wales with husband and demented cats. And my real name is Rose Davies :D

5 thoughts on “Mamelles

  1. Supposed to be the place where sea captains of old retired. My great grandfather, Sir David Bone was a sea captain. One of the last to sail tea clippers before moving to steam ships. My Grandma was an artist also BTW and accompanied him on voyages accross the Atlantic.

    She illustrated a story that was serialised in the Manchester Guardian of which Grandmas uncle Sir James Bone was the editor. Another of her uncles Alex Bone, an alcoholic got his booze cash by providing each weeks installment of ‘Bow Sprit Ashore’.

    In fact my father found a copy of the full installation of the story in a book in a New York library in the Old and no longer used section he gave me the book.

    You might have heard of Sir Muirhead Bone who was a wartime artist.


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