Archive | May, 2019

Splodges Of Watercolour

31 May


I went to a birthday party in a fabulous garden in Llwynhendy last weekend and of course, I had to have a scribble. I sat near the pond as dusk was falling and did a very quick sketch with ballpoint pen into my A6 hardbound sketchbook. Then I added some splodges of watercolour. I didn’t have any black with me which is a pity because I needed to damp the colour down to reflect the atmosphere at dusk. I used Isabey brushes and Winsor & Newton artist quality watercolour paints.

Like Liquid Silk

30 May

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I did some development work today, using one of the drawings I did en plein air on a recent field trip with colleagues from Swansea University’s FIRE Laboratory. I sketched some culverts up in the Brecon Beacons, near the source of the River Tawe and today I worked on a very large piece of vintage Waterford paper with my own home-made walnut ink and some Isabey brushes.

The paper is lovely, very thick with deckle edges and the ink glides across its surface like rich sepia liquid silk. I used the ink neat and watered down into a mid-brown wash and I also splashed ink across the surface. I’ll leave it a couple of days then decide how I want to proceed – do I use colour or not? Or should I put in some darker tones with Indian Ink?

 

 

A round of updates from FIRE Lab

29 May

Something about the recent work I’ve been doing with Swansea University’s FIRE Laboratory …

Freshwater Interdisciplinary Research and Engagement Lab

We have been posting on the FIRE Lab blog for around 7 months now, and we recently held a lab meeting, since Sayali returned, and decided we would move to writing a blog post every two weeks instead of weekly.  So you will be hearing less from us, but we hope that when do hear from us, we have a lot of exciting things to share!

We also have a few other updates to share as our group continues to grow and so do the interesting research and engagement opportunities.

Last week I walked the Tawe River, starting in Swansea with our collaborator Rose Davies. Rose and I took the opportunity to test out walk and draw as a method for engagement and creative expression as we strolled along the river. Rose has been sharing a few of the lovely sketches she made, and some reflections, from our walk over…

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Abstract And Graphic

28 May

 

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I took a different viewpoint for this drawing of a culvert up in the Brecon Beacons, sketching from above, facing along the path of the stream as it trickled downhill to join the River Tawe. I was travelling along the route of the River Tawe to it’s source in the Brecon Beacons, accompanied by two colleagues from the FIRE Laboratory unit at Swansea University who were studying the environment around and under the culverts. I used compressed charcoal and chalk into an A4 brown paper sketchbook. The thickness of the media encourages an abstracted  technique and I like the rather graphic qualities of this drawing.

Little Ecosystems

27 May

 

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Travelling recently along the route of the River Tawe to it’s source in the Brecon Beacons, I accompanied two colleagues from the FIRE Laboratory unit at Swansea University. We turned off the A4067 just after the Tafarn y Garreg pub and took the road to Trecastle, looking at culverts that transported streams and tributaries under the road. Each has it’s own little ecosystem. I walked around the sites, until I felt inspired to draw. This was a fine culvert, quite long and fairly large and dark, with an intense splash of sunlit colour at the far end. I didn’t find it easy to draw moving water, especially with fairly primitive drawing materials – compressed charcoal and chalk.

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Protected From Feral Sheep

26 May

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Another drawing from my second field trip with Swansea University’s FIRE Laboratory project. We were studying culverts that carry tributaries down to the River Tawe, up near its source in the Brecon Beacons. Using compressed charcoal and chalk into an A4 brown paper sketchbook, I focussed on getting an impression, rather than detail. There was a cretaegus growing out of the sturdy Victorian masonry, possibly because it’s well protected from the feral sheep.

Dan Y Ffordd / Under The Road

25 May

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This week I went on my second field trip with Swansea University’s FIRE Lab project. We went along the old road after turning off the A4067 at the Tafarn y Garreg Inn. My colleagues were studying the bridges and culverts that direct the numerous streams under the road on their way down to merge with the River Tawe, which is quite close to its source here. I worked into a brown paper A4 sketchbook with compressed charcoal and white chalk.

Rock Of Ages

24 May

 

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Husb and I were unexpectedly offered free tickets to the musical show “Rock of Ages” at our local Victorian Grand Theatre last week. I thought it was about Queen, the band, so I was a bit surprised by it.

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It was good fun though and the cast were great singers and dancers. The energy they gave off was phenomenal and they deserved the standing ovation they got.

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Of course I had a scribble. I drew completely in the dark, doing continuous line drawings with a ballpoint pen into my A6 hardbound sketchbook. It’s good practice and I liked the drawings when I opened up my book later at home. You can’t get too precious about things when you can’t see what you’re doing.

 

 

 

A Real Townie

23 May

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I’m a real townie, the countryside is where the landscape lives along with lots of animals and birds I don’t know. I know what pigeons are, and seagulls, robins, sparrows, magpies and blackbirds. I am reasonably familiar with starlings, tits, sparrows, crows and budgies. On my “Walk and Draw” field trip along the Tawe riverbank last weekend I saw a jay (colourful), a kingfisher (even more colourful) and a grey heron (big). There were a few people fishing and we stopped to sketch this one guy. I did a quick drawing with ballpoint pen into my A6 cloth covered sketchbook.

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The White Rose Saboteurs

23 May

A very moving blog post from artist Patti McJones

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