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The Cheese Has Landed

13 Jun

The Cheese Has Landed! I entered one of those Facebook competitions a few weeks ago. You know the ones, you click on ‘Like’ and share the page and you’re entered into a prize draw. Well, this was with the Welsh Cheese Company and if there’s one thing that I like more than almost anything else in the world … almost …. it’s cheese. So I clicked and shared and a couple of weeks later they got in touch to tell me that I’ve won fifty quid’s worth of cheese! Not just any old cheese either, but the nation’s finest.

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So I was working today and spent the evening with some of our extended family and we ate loads of cheese. And I didn’t do any art but now I’m stuffed full of cheese. And I’m so happy, being stuffed full of cheese 😀

Before The Deluge

30 Mar

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It’s a Bank Holiday and rain is forecast so Husb and I got out of the house before the deluge started and went off to Aberdulais Falls for a bit of a walk, some historical instruction and to do a quick scribble or two. I used white, sanguine and black conté crayon into my spiral bound A4 brown paper sketchbook from Seawhites of Brighton. I worked very quickly as it is still quite cold, just getting down the basic details of the scene. Then off to the cafe in the old schoolroom to warm up and have a cup of tea and slice of bara brith.

Number 96

26 Mar

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Almost three years ago, I decided to draw one hundred, thirty-minute sketches of Baby Boomers, people of my generation. I thought it would take me about a year. Wrong! Funny how life gets in the way. I did most of them in 2 years but got stuck on the last handful; it has been so hard to find mutually convenient times. So today I was delighted to draw Number 96! This is a fellow artist visiting from the USA, who is staying with friends nearby. She’s the right age and willing, so I paid her a visit, with home made cake (a jam and buttercream sponge, with home-made loganberry jam – home grown loganberries too) and had a chat about her life experience as a Baby Boomer and then drew her. It was interesting to talk with someone from a different culture because although we are the same generation, much of our experience has been very different.

Baby Boomers are the generation born between 1946 and 1964, a big bump working its way through time.  Eventually, I’m planning an installation featuring all the drawings I’ve done, but that’s a long way off yet. First of all, I have to get the last 4 Boomers into a room and draw them.

Performers And Pop Up

7 Mar

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It’s International Women’s Day and Cinema & Co is hosting an exhibition and event to celebrate. Over 30 Swansea-based women artists will be exhibiting and we also have performances and films throughout the evening –
• Short film ‘Shattering’ featuring Leila Bebb
• Music with Niki Stitch and Patti
• “Sixty years and three minutes (of not being an artist)” – a short film from Aida Garton
• Dance, music and rap from Unity and Rufus Mufasa, Rachel Pedley and Tommy Boost from Avant Cymru
• Short film ‘Wolf Eye
• Short film ‘My Muses’ from Rosie Scribblah
• Laura Niehorster reprises her TED talk featuring ‘Proud Pads
• Short film ‘Dance’ by Leanne Vaughan-Phillips
• “Ripping” with Claudia Mollzahn – ripping and recycling, an active conversation relating to art and creativity throughout the evening. 

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Musician Niki Stitch

 


• Goggi’s Cuisine – a popup kitchen with Pakistani food for sale throughout the evening

AND THERE WILL BE CAKE!!! So bring your friends and have some lovely food in a great venue with fab art and groovy performances. 

 

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Many Layers Of Scribbles

15 Feb

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Just back from life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop, where I worked with a long-standing model, an older man who’s been modelling for us for many years. He’s a great model, so still and comfortable in his poses. I drew onto my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet with a free Markers app. I laid down a black ground to draw onto and used a white pen function to build up the drawing in many layers of scribbling. I made chocolate truffles for our teabreak. I crumbled home-made chocolate sponge cake into a bowl of melted chocolate and double cream and rolled the mixture into balls, which I then rolled in broken-up chocolate flake. They went down well.

Cake And Life Drawing

1 Feb

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Just back from life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop. I haven’t been for a while as life has been getting in the way so I made a pineapple upside down cake for our tea break.

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I drew with my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet with a free Markers app, working with white pens over a back background. The tablet’s getting on a bit now, it’s about 5 years old, almost obsolete but it’s still chugging along and it’s a useful tool for drawing and blogging. It’s late now so time for bed. Goodnight 🙂

Aloe Vera and Custard Tarts

13 Dec

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I took a small Khadi sketchbook with me on my recent trip to Portugal and drew en plein air with Daler Rowney soft pastels. The landscape is very dramatic and I spotted these gigantic wintry Aloe Veras spearing the land and sky. The colours are so intense in the bright winter sunshine, so different to the soft greys and greens of home.

 

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Most of our walks along the beach ended up in the old town of Albufeira where we chanced upon a lovely tiny cafe and patisserie, the Pastelaria Barhon, that served heavenly Pasteis de Nata (Portugese custard tarts) that we had to eat to revive us because it was so tiring walking in the hot sun. Honest!

 

Punjab To Rhondda With Cake

20 Nov

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I’m doing a one-day artist residency at The Workers Gallery in Ynyshir this coming Friday so if you’re in the area, or fancy that trip up the Rhondda Valley that you’ve been promising yourself, please pop in and see me. I’ll make a cake. Maybe a Victoria Sandwich.

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When I did a residency in Pakistan, at the Zaira Zaka Print Studio three years ago, I travelled from Rawalpindi to Lahore across the vast expanse of the Punjab through some incredible weather conditions including the most ferocious thunderstorm I have ever experienced. In the car, I did 50 very quick impressionistic drawings of the journey into a small Khadi sketchbook, and these have inspired a series of small monotypes. I have done 10 so far and I’ll be working on some more at my residency in Ynyshir.

I edited the 50 original drawings together into a short video with a soundtrack taken from the sounds around me during my month-long stay. Here it is….

Male Nude And Dundee Cake

17 Nov

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Here’s another drawing I did yesterday evening at life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop. I drew onto my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet, which is getting a bit old now, using the free Markers app. I worked onto a black background, putting layers of faded colour with my finger and a large brush and then worked in the finer lines with the stylus and a smaller pen function. I made a Dundee cake that afternoon and took it along for the tea break. Proper old school. Most of it went and it was a big cake too. It was still a bit warm so it was squidgy and buttery. mmmmmmm 😀

Life Drawing And Lemon Cake

19 Oct

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Just back from life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop. I drew with my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet with the free Markers app. The pose was for an hour and I built up the drawing gradually. I saved every few seconds and I’m going to edit all the saved drawings together to make an animation, Husb is going to teach me how to edit on Adobe Premiere Pro. I made a sponge cake filled with lemon buttercream for the tea break. With proper butter of course. And fresh lemons.

 

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