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Visitors And Welsh Cakes

12 Apr

27 tinkers cakes

Had a busy day with lots of visitors so I made a batch of Welsh cakes and served them warm off the griddle. In The Welsh language they are called “picau ar y maen”. Maen means a stone and in ancient times before iron was smelted, a bakestone would be used to cook flat breads and cakes. They’re still in use now. I was given mine as a present way back in the 1970s. Here’s a little drawing I did of them.

 

I have put my series of drawings en plein air of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you want to see more, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page. This one is the legendary grave of Saint Elfys (Elvis) in Pembrokeshire, not for from the Presceli Mountains. Elfys? Presceli? Elvis Presley? Coincidence? hhhmmmm

St Elvis

Cheap And Cheerful

22 Mar

a stencil

Trying some new ideas recently, using cheap materials and simple techniques, cartridge paper, cheerful recycled sari papers, a piece of cheap craft foam and a craft knife …… more to come ……

 

Invitation to End Frame

 

We’re coming to the end of the W.M.D. – Women of Many Dimensions exhibition at Cinema & Co. If you’re anywhere near Swansea on March the 29th, please drop in. It’s also a last chance to  see the exhibition. “The End Frame” events are free entry but please book tickets for the film ‘Big Eyes’ from Cinema & Co.

 

 

 

 

I have put my series of drawings of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you want to see more, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

St Elvis

Love Heart

14 Feb

valentine

It’s Valentine’s Day. Here’s a little heart for you from my tiny new sketchbook. I stuck in a torn scrap of recycled red tissue paper – it was wrapped around the lovely flowers that Husb got for me. I drew with Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens xxxxxxxx

 

 

I am putting my series of drawings of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you want to see more, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

St Elvis

Just Wandering

12 Feb

figure-1

Sitting on the settee, just whiling away a few minutes with my brown paper sketchbook and some conté crayons. I had nothing planned, just let my hand wander across the paper almost automatically. I’m trying to break the habit of a lifetime, drawing spontaneously instead of always drawing what’s in front of me. Let’s see where it takes me.

I am putting my series of drawings of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you want to see more, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

St Elvis

Couldn’t Help Myself!

11 Feb

sketchbooks

I hate shopping – unless I’m buying art materials or books. I spotted these two gorgeous little sketchbooks by Paper Blanks on the ‘For Sale’shelf – I couldn’t help myself!

sparta

Every Saturday is #Caturday so I started the littlest sketchbook with a couple of quick scribbles of Sparta Puss. She wouldn’t keep still, so she looks a bit wonky.

 

 

I am putting my series of drawings of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you want to see more, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

St Elvis

Sofa Surfing Scribbles

7 Feb

stones-2

I did some more drawing on the settee this evening, taking inspiration from the series of drawings I did over the past year of neolithic stones in the South Wales landscape. I didn’t look at any of them though, I just let the mark-making flow at random. I rarely work like this, my comfort zone demands something real in front of me, even if I abstract from it. Many of the real stones look a bit like humans in some way and that facet has obviously seeped into my imagination.

 

 

I am putting my series of drawings of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you want to see more, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

St Elvis

It’s #Caturday!

10 Sep

Caturday, an Internet phenomenon. Like cats. I read a theory a while ago about why the Internet has been taken over by cats. It reckoned that dog owners have always had a chance to meet other doggy types because they walk their dogs and take them to training schools and there are dog clubs and networks in the real world. Well, as anyone who shares their lives with cats knows, walking and training the cat is just laughable. Okay, there are a few people who persevere and manage to do both, but you still don’t generally bump into people walking their cats, because the streets are full of people walking their dogs and that usually doesn’t go down too well with cats.

So when the Internet came along, we cat people could come out of our real-world isolation and share cat pictures, stories, cute kitty merchandise and the Internet phenomenon was born. And continues unabated.

Here’s mine.

"Get Off Those Curtains #1"

“Get Off Those Curtains #1”

Sparta. A woodcut. You can get this on Artfinder if you like.

The Last Leg

2 Aug

prep August

I’m on the last leg of The Boar Hunt, Y Ywrch Trwyth, my quest to draw Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments across South Wales that coincide with the route of this story from The Mabinogion. Just a half dozen or so left to visit and draw, along with Rhondda-born archaeologist Dewi Bowen and Swansea film maker Melvyn Williams. I like to draw on prepared paper and I’m nearly out of it so I’ve prepared some more.

prep August 2

I stretched a very large piece of Fabriano Accademica paper onto a wall and gave it two coats of white gesso. Then I rubbed compressed charcoal into it, covering the surface densely. Then a coat of thinned gesso, applied randomly and quickly and a second coat, again brushed on roughly. Finally, I used my home-made walnut ink, which breaks up nicely over the gesso undercoat. I love the way it runs.

We’re setting off early tomorrow. I hope it stops raining!

If you want to know more about my forthcoming solo show, Yr Helfa / The Hunt, in The Worker’s Gallery in the Rhondda Valley in September, please click here.

And if you want to see some of my other artwork, please click on the image below.

Quoit

Boop That Little Nose

15 Jul

NATHAN JULY 2016

Our great-nephew is having a sleepover and of course he got scribbled! He was contentedly playing with his iPhone which reflected light back onto his face. He’s at that stage where he’s no longer a little boy but not quite a teenager and his face still has some of the softness of a child, but not for much longer. I still want to boop his little nose though. He hates that 😀

I haven’t done much work in my sketchbooks lately so it’s nice to sit at home and draw family. I drew into my A4 hardbound sketchbook, prepared with ripped brown paper stuck in with Pritt stick, using white conte crayon, a 6B graphite stick and carbon.

 

I have been travelling across South Wales with Rhondda-born archaeologist Dewi Bowen and Swansea film maker Melvyn Williams, hunting the wild megalith, accompanied by my portable drawing board, portfolio of Fabriano paper and a bag full of assorted artist’s materials.  Dewi is researching his latest book on Neolithic monuments and Melvyn is making a documentary film of our literary and artistic adventures. All the work I’m doing will eventually be featured in a solo show in The Worker’s Gallery in the Rhondda Valley in September. If you want to know more, please click here.

If you want to see some of my other artworks, please click here.

Heavy Embossing

3 Jul

scribble 3

My little scraps of a collagraph print that didn’t work out are proving to be a good base for my imaginary sketches of ancient standing stones. The print is heavily embossed and I am working with the underlying texture as I’m drawing, which influences the image and takes me a bit further into abstraction and out of my comfort zone, which is a good thing.

 

I have been travelling across South Wales with Rhondda-born archaeologist Dewi Bowen and Swansea film maker Melvyn Williams, accompanied by my portable drawing board, portfolio of Fabriano paper and a bag full of assorted artist’s materials.  Dewi is researching his latest book on Neolithic monuments and Melvyn is making a documentary film of our literary and artistic adventures. We are following the legendary trail of the boar hunt, y Twrch Trwyth from the Mabinogion, recording the Bronze Age ancestral stones that those ancient hunters would have encountered. This work will be in my first solo show at The Workers Gallery in Ynyshir in September which will feature the drawings done out in the field, etchings and linocut prints, thumbnail and intuitive drawings.

If you want to see some of my other artworks, please click here.

 

 

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