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8 May

melvyn and ming

I sleep sandwiched between Husb on one side of me and Sparta Puss on the other, which is normally OK but last night they ganged up on me. Husb got up for a toilet visit at 4am and Sparta Puss decided to follow him, because like many cats she thinks it’s her duty to accompany her trained monkeys to the loo. She took the shortest route, which was across my chest and throat. She’s no lightweight. I’m a very light sleeper and they woke me up. Then they came back to bed and dozed off straight away. I lay tossing and turning until the alarm went off. This is my life!

The drawing is of Husb snoozing with his late cat, Little Ming.

 

A Bit Less Slack

26 Apr

Pat 2

That’s two days running now that I’ve picked up paintbrushes and got to work on some canvas. I did some more work on the head of my subject and the flowers in the background. I am using Liquitex Heavy Body translucent / transparent acrylics, thinned with water to build up overlaid glazes. It’s been a bit more interesting today, I let myself go a bit and enjoyed making patterns in the paint and I feel a bit less slack. Not a patch on woodcutting though ;D

Problem?

24 Apr

sketchbooks.jpg

These are just a fraction of my sketchbooks. I think I may have a problem!

Gouache And Black Paper

11 Apr

gouache 1

Yesterday I visited a fabulous exhibition by Swansea-based artist, Tim Kelly at Volcano, and browsed through one of his sketchbooks which was made up of black paper. It looks like he used gouache and gel pens (although I may be wrong) and I really liked the effect. I happen to have had a black paper sketchbook, some gouache paints and a rather smart Winsor & Newton water pot knocking around for some years now that I haven’t used. So I had a bit of a play. And I like the way the paint went on the paper, the way it holds the brushstroke, the way the paint looks. I think I could get into some experimentation with this. It’s important to take some time out to experiment with new materials, I think.

#Caturday!

6 Apr

sparta laptop a
Some cats on a Saturday evening because it’s #Caturday!

An International Bunch

1 Apr

workstation

A Temporary Print Workstation. This is how I print small blocks at home. I use the top of my plans chest but you can use any surface – desk, table, kitchen work surface… Cover the area with old newspaper (or similar) stuck down with masking tape.

Left to right:

  1. Registration sheet (I blogged about this 2 days ago)
  2. Printing area – where you actually rub the paper onto the inked block – I use Japanese barens
  3. Gluing area – for preparing the chine collé (I use Pritt stick – always use really good glue). Click here to find out more about chine collé.
  4. The inking area – see yesterdays blog for more on this.
  5. At the back I’ve put the stack of pre-cut printmaking paper and the prepared chine collé papers.
  6. I use Cranfield Caligo Safewash relief ink (made in Wales); Hosho Japanese paper for the print; and for the chine collé I use Indian hand-made recycled sari paper. I’ve used vinyl for the block, inked with an excellent roller from Intaglio Printmaker in London. And chine collé is a French term translated as China collage. An international bunch.

 

Playing With Words

5 Mar

annibyniaeth

I was really inspired to do more text-based work after completing “Here Be Dragons”, my recent commission for the Sky Arts TV Channel. I find myself doodling words and letters and making them more visual, more pictorial. Here’s the start of a new woodcut – maybe. I’m working it up in my home-made walnut ink onto a piece of vintage Somerset watercolour paper. It needs a lot more working out, but the potential’s there. “Here Be Dragons” was entirely in English so I want to try out a Welsh word this time.

A Lump Of Carbon

9 Feb

drawing 1

Creativity is a fickle thing, seems to be feast or famine, on a roll or nothing at all. I’m in a nothing phase at the moment so I’m pushing my way though it by just doing stuff at random. Today I grabbed a piece of vintage hand-made paper, really lovely, and a lump of carbon. First of all, I turned the carbon lump on its side and scraped it horizontally across the textured paper, varying the pressure to achieve different tones.
drawing 2

Then I turned it through 90 degrees and using the point of the graphite stick, dragged thin lines up and down the paper. It’s not great art, but it’s necessary to just play sometimes.

 

Too Much Admin…

7 Feb

There’s been so much admin to do the past couple of weeks that I haven’t had time to do much art, but tomorrow I have a whole day for creating. So many ideas in the pipeline….

Meanwhile, here’s a cat with a caption ….

no, seriously, i do this pretty much all day, then i get up and break something, i know, right copy

Chilled Out

6 Feb

 

that's not an exercise regime, it's a junta copy

Sparta Puss isn’t lazy. She’s just relaxed. So she says. My digital drawing, Husb’s caption.

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