Having A Rummage

29 Jun

manier couleur


We find inspiration often in the oddest places. I never thought that I’d be inspired by Victorian culverts way out up in the Brecon Beacons, but here we are. I recently made a series of sketchbook drawings of culverts on a field trip with scientists Steph and James from the FIRE Lab project in Swansea University’s Department of Zoology. I’m playing around with the imagery to see what emerges.


I was having a rummage in my paper draw the other day and found some pieces of paper that I’d stretched ages ago, gessoed and sponged randomly with thin glazes of acrylic paint. I’d forgotten all about them so I grabbed one and smeared compressed charcoal over a section of it and then started rubbing into it with wire wool and aluminium oxide paper. Finally, I added a few charcoal lines. I like it. It’s very different to what I’ve been doing most of my life.



5 Responses to “Having A Rummage”

  1. Leonie Andrews July 2, 2019 at 06:35 #

    Way to go Rosie, most of us fall into ruts, but you have moved yourself into play and exploration.

    • Rosie Scribblah July 2, 2019 at 21:04 #

      It’s hard to maintain that momentum though, it’s too easy to slip back into my comfort zone 🙂

      • Leonie Andrews July 3, 2019 at 00:48 #

        As long as we remember to keep trying to get out of it occasionally. 😉

  2. Alli Farkas July 1, 2019 at 15:33 #

    Seems like every once in a while we artists need to be reminded to experiment!

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