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The Celtic Warrior

5 Oct

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I took my sketchbook to the performance of ‘Nawr Yr Arwr / Now The Hero’ at Swansea’s Brangwyn Hall last weekend. I did a series of speed drawings of the balletic Celtic Warrior, Joe Perou.

He moved with precision which helped me to focus on scribbling the basic details of his form.

 

A Good Night’s Sleep

30 Sep

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And here’s my final drawing from last weekend’s special life drawing session at Swansea’s National Waterfront Museum. The models were working in pairs, which I found challenging because there isn’t enough time to work on both, especially in a quite short pose – this one’s 20 minutes.

I used three conté crayons in white, sanguine and black into an A4 spiral bound brown paper sketchbook from Seawhite’s of Brighton.

 

The drawing event was part of the Now The Hero / Nawr Yr Arwr arts festival which was happening for the past week in Swansea, involving dozens of arts organisations and partners and about 500 individuals – artists, performers, technicians, gardeners, Tibetan Monks, volunteers….. it’s been huge and overwhelming and I think that everyone involved needs a good night’s sleep. From tomorrow, I’ll blog the drawings I did through the promenade performance of “Now The Hero / Nawr Yr Arwr” (click here to read one of the fantastic reviews) and the final event, featuring Tibetan monks, some large horns and the beach.

 

 

My Dogs Are Barking!

29 Sep

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“My dogs are barking” is what old people said when I was a nipper when they meant that their feet were aching. It’s late, I’ve been out and only just got home and I’ve been on my feet and walking for most of the last four hours – so – my dogs are barking. And I’m tired too.

Here’s another of the life drawings I did last weekend at a special session at the national Waterfront Museum. It was a nice departure to work with two models, but difficult to spend a lot of time on the second.

And now to bed ……… zzzzzzzzzzzz …………

A Short One, A Long One (life drawings)

28 Sep

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Some more life drawings from the session at the National Waterfron Museum last Sunday. The first is a five minute pose, getting in the basic elements that make it recognisable and then just enough time to start on something more complex, some shadows, highlights and slightly more complicated linework from the one- and two-minute poses that had gone before. Then into a 30 minute pose. The short warm-ups hone your perception and you can pitch straight in quickly to develop the drawing without faffing about with preliminaries.

 

The drawing event was part of the Now The Hero / Nawr Yr Arwr arts festival happening this week in Swansea.

I used three conté crayons in white, sanguine and black into an A4 spiral bound brown paper sketchbook from Seawhite’s of Brighton.

 

There are loads of art events happening this week, including an excellent exhibition at Swansea Print Workshop, inspired by World War 1 and the work of WW1 artists Frank Brangwyn and Kathe Kollwitz. Below is one of a series of monotypes called The Warrior that I have done while working with one particular model over 10 years and I am one of fifteen artist printmakers showing their work. “Now The Printmakers” is open until Saturday, September 29th, 10.30 – 4.30 at 19a, Clarence Street, Swansea.

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A Pair Of Posers

27 Sep

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After a few one and two-minute poses at the special life drawing   session at the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea last weekend, we moved out of the chilly new ‘Graft’ garden and into the museum where the life models posed for five minutes in pairs. That was far harder to draw than a single person because, well obviously, there’s two of ’em but also you have to consider their spatial relationship to each other. With one model you can just draw the figure without any relationship to anything else and that’s quite acceptable.

The drawing event was part of the Now The Hero / Nawr Yr Arwr arts festival happening this week in Swansea.

I used three conté crayons in white, sanguine and black into an A4 spiral bound brown paper sketchbook from Seawhite’s of Brighton.

 

There are loads of art events happening this week, including an excellent exhibition at Swansea Print Workshop, inspired by World War 1 and the work of WW1 artists Frank Brangwyn and Kathe Kollwitz. Below is one of a series of monotypes called The Warrior that I have done while working with one particular model over 10 years and I am one of fifteen artist printmakers showing their work. “Now The Printmakers” is open until Saturday, September 29th, 10.30 – 4.30 at 19a, Clarence Street, Swansea.

Invite Now The Printmakers a

 

 

 

Another Chilly One

26 Sep

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Here’s another one-minute pose I did last weekend at the special life drawing   session at the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea, drawn outside in the open air in the new ‘Graft’ garden: CHILLY! Life models are stalwarts, so important to an artist’s practice and rarely acknowledged for the work they do. It isn’t easy. The drawing event was part of the Now The Hero / Nawr Yr Arwr arts festival happening this week in Swansea.

I used three conté crayons in white, sanguine and black into an A4 spiral bound brown paper sketchbook from Seawhite’s of Brighton.

 

There are loads of art events happening this week, including an excellent exhibition at Swansea Print Workshop, inspired by World War 1 and the work of WW1 artists Frank Brangwyn and Kathe Kollwitz. Below is one of a series of monotypes called The Warrior that I have done while working with one particular model over 10 years and I am one of fifteen artist printmakers showing their work. “Now The Printmakers” is open until Saturday, September 29th, 10.30 – 4.30 at 19a, Clarence Street, Swansea.

 

Invite Now The Printmakers a

 

 

Chilly Two

24 Sep

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Here’s the second pose I did yesterday evening at the special life drawing   session at the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea. The event is part of the Now The Hero / Nawr Yr Arwr arts festival happening over the coming week. This is a one minute pose drawn outside in the ‘Graft’ garden, fair do’s mun, these life models are a hardy bunch.

I used three conté crayons in white, sanguine and black into an A4 spiral bound brown paper sketchbook from Seawhite’s of Brighton.

 

There are loads of art events happening this week, including an excellent exhibition at Swansea Print Workshop, inspired by World War 1 and the work of WW1 artists Frank Brangwyn and Kathe Kollwitz. Below are some works by John Abell, one of fifteen artist printmakers showing their work. “Now The Printmakers” is open Tuesday to Saturday, September 24th to 29th, 10.30 – 4.30 at 19a, Clarence Street, Swansea.

 

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‘Diary Of A Dead Officer’, a collection of lino prints by John Abell and a hand printed book published by Old Stile Press.

 

 

 

Chilly!

23 Sep

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Had such a lovely evening, doing life drawing at the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea. The event is part of the Now The Hero / Nawr Yr Arwr arts festival happening over the coming week. There was a large group of artists and five life models and we started out in the ‘Graft’ garden, with three short poses from the brave and dedicated models who must have been freezing. It was only 6pm and it’s been sunny all day, but there was a bit of a chill even fully clothed ……

Then we went into the Waterfront Museum, which stayed open late, and worked through til quarter past eight, drawing, drawing, drawing. This is the first pose, just 2 minutes. Short poses really make you focus on quickly capturing the essence of the subject, not the detail and I think they are more lively and dynamic than the longer poses.

I used three conté crayons in white, sanguine and black into an A4 spiral bound brown paper sketchbook from Seawhite’s of Brighton.

 

Now The Printmakers

23 Aug
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From left to right: Andrew Baldwin, Rose Davies, John Abell

 

Opening Friday 21st September from 17.30 to 20.00 and continuing 10.30 – 4.30 September 22nd to 29th EXCEPT Monday 24th.

Swansea Print Workshop, a hidden gem, is exhibiting original prints as part of “Nawr Yr Arwr / Now The Hero“, inspired by World War 1 artists Frank Brangwyn and Käthe Kollwitz with work by artist members alongside three featured Welsh printmakers:

John Abell (Cardiff), woodcuts from “The Diary of a Dead Officer” published by Old Stile Press

Andrew Baldwin (Trefeglwys, Powys), etchings and mezzotints inspired by the World War 1 battlefield

And me! Rose Davies / Rosie Scribblah (Swansea), monotypes and etchings from “The Warrior”, a series from my 10 year working relationship with Captain David Williams, a serving soldier and life model, who also features in Nawr yr Arwr.

 

Here’s a short video of me and my model working on a new monotype for “Nawr Yr Arwr / Now The Hero”

 

Frank Brangwyn and Käthe Kollwitz were accomplished multidisciplinary artists, both lived and worked through World War 1, and both excelled in the medium of printmaking. Drawing inspiration from the wealth of print media in which they worked, including etching, woodcut and lithography, Swansea Print Workshop’s exhibition will respond to the rich visual wealth of the sumptuous Brangwyn panels and the recent Glynn Vivian Art Gallery exhibition of Käthe Kollwitz prints.

 

The Starting Point

18 Aug

The Warrior Turns small

Yesterday I posted about the upcoming immersive art event in Swansea in September – Nawr yr Arwr / Now the Hero. I will be exhibiting some of the work I have been doing over the past decade with a young , now not so young, soldier who is also a life model. I’ve been looking through it all and it’s a big body of work. The starting point is life drawings, which I do most weeks at Swansea Print Workshop.

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From the hundreds of drawings I have in sketchbooks and portfolios, I select some for development, usually into original prints. This one started as a pastel sketch on a canvas sheet and I developed it into a full-colour monotype (see my Techie section for how to do it). Very early on, I started to investigate the idea of The Warrior and this is reflected in the work I’ve done. This was done near the start of our working relationship and it’s called ,”The Warrior Turns To Face The Darkness“.

 

 

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