Archive | May, 2021

A Thick Border

31 May

Here’s another 30 minute pose from last week’s life drawing session at Swansea Print Workshop. I’m working directly onto the paper (heavyweight vintage) with ink (home-made walnut husk) without mapping the drawing with a pencil first. The result isn’t as accurate but it’s pushing me out of my comfort zone, which is a good thing. I’m getting to like painting a thick border around the figures, I’ve been doing it a lot lately.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left and to see the complete image.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

Stone Sculptures At Maen Ceti

30 May

I did some sketching en plein air today at Cefn Bryn on the Gower Peninsula. The main attraction has always been Maen Ceti (Arthur’s Stone), but recently a nearby cairn has been getting more attention with people making stone tower sculptures on it. Husb decided to build one and I drew him. I used black, sanguine and white conte crayons into a brown paper sketchbook.

It was odd seeing the spiky stone forms all over the cairn as we approached along the path from the road. It used to be a bit difficult to see the cairn in the past, it was overgrown and the mound of rocks was easily overlooked but now people are using their creativity to make it more of a focus.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left and to see the complete image.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

Physicality And Personality

28 May

Here’s one of the 30 minute poses from the life drawing session at Swansea Print Workshop last night. It’s good to be back, even if the numbers are so restricted. I tried doing an online life drawing class once during lock down but I couldn’t get on with it at all. Our models are a significant presence in the room, they bring their personality as well as their physicality to the drawing and I miss that with an online session. I used my own home-made walnut husk ink onto a heavy vintage paper.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left and to see the complete image.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

Life Drawing Tonight

27 May

Just back from life drawing session at Swansea Print Workshop, working with my home made walnut ink onto a heavyweight vintage paper. This is a quick pose, 10 minutes. And now I’m off to bed. Nos da, good night 😀

Faffing With Vincent’s Bedroom

26 May

I’ve been doing one of Ed Sumner’s Zoom tutorials this evening, copying van Gogh’s painting of his bedroom. It’s a two hour session and it’s mostly done but it needs a bit more faffing, maybe another couple of hours. But not tonight, it’s late so I’m off to bed. Nos da, good night 🙂

A Quick Head

25 May

I had 10 minutes or so to kill at last week’s life drawing session at Swansea Print Workshop so I did a quickish sketch of the model’s head with conte crayons in black and sanguine.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left and to see the complete image.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

A Seated Pose

24 May

And another life drawing from the Thursday evening group at Swansea Print Workshop, using my home-made walnut ink and black conte crayon onto vintage paper. It’s a 25 minute pose. I’m trying to push away from my normal detailed way of working so I’m using a big splooshy brush with the ink to free myself up a bit.

If you want to find out more about life drawing groups at Swansea Print Workshop, please check out the website

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left and to see the complete image.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

The 30 Minute Standing

23 May

Here’s a thirty minute pose from life drawing this week. I used my home made walnut ink and a black conte crayon onto some vintage paper (no watermark, no name) that I had been given.

I started with a lighter wash and splooshed it on, letting it drip. The paper is very rough and I like the texture of this ink on it.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left and to see the complete image.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

Two 5s And A 10 On A Cyanotype

22 May

Here are three sketches from the life drawing session at Swansea Print Workshop this week, two 5 minute poses and one for 10 minutes. I have been working with this model for years, she’s a strong woman with great presence. I used conte crayons in white, black and sanguine onto an old cyanotype I recycled because the original was darker than I wanted.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left and to see the complete image.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

Friday Faking A Matisse

21 May

It’s Friday so it faking a masterpiece day, with Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook. He started it at the beginning of the first lockdown in March 2020 and has carried on, I think we’re up to about 60 weeks now. This is a nude study by Henri Matisse. I used Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paint onto a small stretched canvas.

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