Switching Stitching

Still working on Michael Sheen. I’ve nearly finished stitching his face so I had a bit of a change and switched to working on a few curls. His hair is quite salt and pepper in the reference photo, which gives very good definition to the curly bits. I’m making this for the 9 to 90Continue reading “Switching Stitching”

Still At It With Michael Sheen

Doing it slow ….. very slow ….. will I finish this by the deadline?  

Slowly Stitching Sheen

Still stitching away at my embroidered portrait of Michael Sheen. Local artist Ann Jordan got in touch to comment that people often don’t realise the immense amount of time put into textile art. She has a fabulous solo show, Life And Loss, at Volcano on Swansea’s High Street at the moment, running until December 2nd.Continue reading “Slowly Stitching Sheen”

Carrying On With Michael Sheen

It’s slow but I’m carrying on with my stitched portrait of the Port Talbot actor, Michael Sheen. I’m doing it to enter the 9to90 Creative Festival that’s happening in Swansea this month. Lots of artists are running free community arts sessions – Patti McKenna-Jones and I are ging to be GS Artists this Friday withContinue reading “Carrying On With Michael Sheen”

Massed Michael Sheens

  I spent a very absorbing couple of hours this evening developing an embroidery of the actor Michael Sheen at the Sew Swansea workshop. It’s part of the 9to90 Creative Workshops this year. I haven’t done embroidery for decades, not since I was a child, watching my mother embroider and trying out little bits ofContinue reading “Massed Michael Sheens”

What’s That When It’s At Home?

I’ve been doing what I’ve been doing for decades, just getting on with it, doing my art, mostly sketchbooks from reality, life drawing and printmaking, while working with marginalised people – the homeless and the drug and alcohol dependent. As far as I was concerned, these were not two different things, but are inter-dependent. WhenContinue reading “What’s That When It’s At Home?”

Take A Hike

There’s so much going on in Swansea this weekend and I’m going to give it all a plug because there’s a lot of people living in Swansea who are professional complainers and bang on about nothing happening, which isn’t true, so why not get into town tomorrow (Sunday) and take a hike around the cityContinue reading “Take A Hike”

Tucked Away

  Just a quick sketch that I did at GS Artists a few days ago, scribbling people in the audience. These little drawings underpin my artistic practice, I have thousands of them, tucked away in cupboards all over the house.

The Debut Of Musical Scribblefish

A blog I wrote for the FIRE Lab (Freshwater Interdisciplinary Research and Evaluation Laboratory) about our new public art engagement activity – it was fun, fishy – and mucky! Please click on the link below …. https://firelaboratory.uk/2019/11/15/the-debut-of-musical-scribblefish/

Blind Contour And Continuous Line

  Here are some more heads I drew on Saturday at GS Artists. I started with a speed sketch using the blind contour technique, where I kept the pen on the paper and didn’t look at it at all as I drew, keeping my gaze on the person. It’s a good warm-up exercise. Then IContinue reading “Blind Contour And Continuous Line”