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Slowly Stitching Sheen

27 Nov

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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. It’s well worth a visit.

 

If you fancy doing your own Michael Sheen in collage please join me and Patti McJones at GS Artists this Friday – follow the link here to book in. It’s free but they appreciate pre-booking so they can work out the catering – they’re providing a free high tea too.

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Carrying On With Michael Sheen

26 Nov

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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 with out collage workshop.

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So if you fancy collaging one of the two topics of this year’s festival, Michael Sheen or a new coat of arms for Swansea, follow the link here and book in. It’s free and all the materials will be provided. Would be lovely to see you….

Chonk!

13 Nov

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I can’t keep the creative juices flowing constantly. I think most artists are the same. It isn’t a 9 to 5 job. Some days I don’t make art, but I still like to draw, even for a few minutes, to keep my hand in. That’s where the cat comes in handy, she’s always around for a quick scribble. She’s getting to be a bit of a chonk!

Little Lulu

11 Nov

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Here’s another family kitty…  shhhh …. don’t tell Sparta Puss! She’s a very slimline tortoiseshell cat called Lulu. I drew her on my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 with a free app called Markers.

Shellac And Meths

6 Nov

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So the new woodblock I’m working on has been cut and is now out in the shed drying after a coat of shellac and methylated spirits in a 50:50 ratio. It needs two more coats to seal it properly so I hope to be able to take a first proof from it sometime on Friday.

Pronto

5 Nov

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I’m in printmaking mode at the moment, with a woodcut and a silkscreen in development. This woodcut will hopefully be ready for an event at Swansea’s Cinema & Co this Saturday, November 9th. It’s a free event with a screening of the marvellous film “Set Fire To The Stars“, poetry, music and new art throughout the building……

I’d better finish carving this block pronto ………

Bish Bash Bosh!

2 Nov

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Liek many artists, I supplement my income through teaching part-time. One thing that’s become very obvious over the years is that so many people genuinely have no idea how long it takes to make an artwork. There’s a popular image that artists sit down (SIT? I wish!) and go “bish, bash, bosh” and behold – a painting (sculpture, etching etc…)

 

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No concept of the huge amount of work that goes into each piece. Starting with sketching (because I’m old school) to explore the subject and get used to it. Then some colour studies to work out the hues, tones, tints etc… That’s where I’m at now. I’ve still got a fair bit of work to do on this digital drawing before I move on to the final medium – either watercolour or collage – I haven’t decided yet.

Keeping On Keeping On

1 Nov

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Carrying on with my digital drawing of three weird squashes, I started adding some shadows and details using my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and a free Markers app. One of the advantages to digital drawing is that you can hit the SAVE button frequently and get a record of the drawing as it develops….

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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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