Archive | October, 2019

Who Ate All The Pies?

31 Oct

scourge the seagull

Who Ate All The Pies?

I spent the afternoon down at Swansea Print Workshop, working alongside other artists, heads down, printmaking. I worked with two others, preparing silkscreens with Azicol photosensitive solution. I’m going to make a photoscreen from a drawing I did recently, of a seagull during a drawing day at Swansea Museum.

 

screen gull

 

I drew a stuffed seagull from their collection of antique taxidermy. There are loads of seagulls around here. They steal people’s food from their hands. They’re getting bigger. And more intelligent. One day they will take over the world!

A Little Bit More

30 Oct

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I’m carrying on with the digital drawing of my three wacky squashes I started yesteday. It’s a primitive drawing package, but it’s fine for what I want it for, quick little studies. I used my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 with a free Markers app.

In The Beginning…

29 Oct

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In the beginning …. is the sketch. I have been given three wacky squashes and I’m going to have a go at a still life; not sure what technique yet – watercolour, collage? But first of all, some sketching to really study the weird vegetables and understand how they’re made up. I’m using my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet with a free markers app and drawing with the stylus using the continuous line technique. A few more quick sketches and I’ll be ready to start on something more polished.

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Squashes And Shortbread

28 Oct

shortbread

Didn’t do art today. Had a planning meeting this morning with a fellow artist to organise two public access art collaborations – I made shortbread, I think meetings go better over homemade cake or biscuits. Then I was teaching all afternoon. Then more planning early evening and the admin stuff. This is the reality of being a freelance artist – so many things to do that are not about the artwork. Never mind, I’m privileged to be able to do it.

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For the second time in a few days, I had a visitor who brought some very fancy squash. The Turk’s Turban arrived over the weekend and the two small ones today. They last for ages so there’s no rush to make art from them before they go off.

OUCH!

27 Oct

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I’m carrying on with my painting of the Swansea Devil but the work is painfully slow, literally! I was over-enthusiasitic on my allotment a few weeks ago and wrenched my right arm. I thought it would go after a couple of days but it’s still painful, not getting any better and I’m having real trouble drawing, painting, even getting my coat on and off.

I’m trying to use my left arm as much as possible and it’s okay for painting larger areas but no good where I need fine details. I often do drawing exercises including drawing with my left hand, it’s good practice and has improved how much I can do with my left hand, but it’s still very limiting.

 

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I’m going to try and get an appointent with a physiotherapist to see if they can sort something out, but for the next week or two I’m going to have to give my right arm a rest and use my left a lot more. I did a fair bit of the underpainting today with my left hand and very quickly sketched the facial details in with my right, but I could only work on it for a few minutes. The Liquitex Heavy Body is great, very fluid and easy to use and I’m building it up with layers of thin glazes to give me rich, vibrant colours and dynamic brushwork.

A Surprise Squash

26 Oct

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A friend popped by today with a present – a Turk’s Turban squash, one of nature’s most spectacular vegetables. I want to do some artwork from it before I eat it but what to do? A watercolour? Or a collage? hhhmmmmm

Here it is with some collage papers.

 

Turks Turban 1

Chine Collé

24 Oct

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I spent the afternoon down at Swansea Print Workshop preparing some chine collé to use with a vinyl block I made some months ago. I’ve tried printing it in several ways and I want to keep on experimenting with it. The image is based on a drawing of a stream bed I did on a field trip up towards the source of the River Tawe in the Brecon Beacons with colleagues from Swansea University’s FIRE Lab . First, I cut some Hosho paper to size from a roll I bought from Intaglio Printmakers in London.

 

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Then I cut the chine collé from monotypes I made using Gelli plates a couple of weeks ago, creating abstract imagery using rubbish – used bubble wrap, fruit nets and old newspapers.

 

I’ll print the block over the weekend…….

 

 

Carrying On …..

23 Oct

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So I’ve been carrying on painting the Swansea Devil’s portrait today, in between loads of other things. One good thing about painting with acrylics is that it’s bitty, I can do a bit then go off and do something else while it’s drying. When I’m drawing or printmaking, I spend hours, even days working on a piece so it’s quite relaxing really to be doing an acrylic painting. After a chequered career, the Swansea Devil now lives at Swansea Museum. He likes visitors.

Diawl Abertawe / The Swansea Devil

22 Oct

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I did some sketches from the Swansea Devil recently, down at Swansea Museum. Today I drew him onto a piece of prepared MDF board and started painting in a Pop Art style. I like Pop Art and I think it suits him because he’s got that sort of look about him. The sculptor has hewn and painted the wood very simply and boldly.

 

 

I prepared the board with a couple of coats of acrylic gesso and I’m using Liquitex acrylic paints which I’ll build it up in thin glazes.

 

 

I love drawing and I really enjoyed doing these sketches; painting, to me, is a bit like colouring in, the artistry for me comes in the drawing and the concept.

Sprog Scribbles

21 Oct

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I have a regular babysitting gig each week, with a small nephew and I try to get some scribbling done. Trouble is, sprogs are notoriously mobile, he doesn’t stop wriggling, crawling and moving, so he’s not the ideal model. Still, it’s good practice in speed drawing and one day – one day – I’ll get a decent drawing of him. Babies have very weird proportions – they’re little aliens really.

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