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Movement And Proportion

10 Dec

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So a few more quick scribbles from a local café, Waterstones, which is on the first floor so I could look down into the street and draw people going about their Xmas shopping. It was getting dark and it had been raining so the roads and pavements were wet and shiny. This chap was squatting down next to a bench, chatting, and stayed long enough for me to get some of the reflections in.

 

 

It’s harder to sketch people on the move, with just a few seconds to get the essence of the figure onto the paper. I drew with a ballpoint pen into my tiny fabric covered sketchbook, it’s about 5 inches by 3 inches. Although the scribbles were very quick, they help to refine my eye and practise drawing movement and proportion.

 

 

 

Big And Baggy

9 Dec

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Husb and I stopped for a cuppa in Waterstones café yesterday, having a break from the mid-winter gloom. We sat in the window overlooking the street where Woolworths used to be which is now Poundland, it’s a good vantage point for drawing people going about their business. It was getting dark and everywhere was wet so people came and went very quickly. It’s a good exercise to draw quickly, if you only have a few seconds you have to get the main features down and there’s no time to be distracted by details.

 

Everyone’s in big, baggy winter clothes at the moment, but when the rain eases off, the big fluffy hoods come down.

 

 

Living Legend

8 Dec

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Husb and I went to a talk at Swansea Art College featuring living legend artist Sir Peter Blake, one of the original Pop Artists and still practicing at the age of 86. He’s a fascinating character and it was great to hear him talking about the examples of the work shown. I managed a scribble, even though I was sitting far away and could only glimpse him between lots of other people. Sir Peter has an exhibition of his work opening at the Glynn Vivian art gallery tomorrow (December the 8th) and he’s also doing the official opening of the Swansea Open as well – it’s at 2.30pm so if you’re in town, call in …..

 

 

 

Saint, Sunlight And Scabby Exterior

28 Nov

 

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I did more sketching towards the end of my recent holiday in Italy, in Bologna, than earlier in Florence, mainly, I think, because making art is my profession and drawing while I’m on vacation feels like work. But after a few days I had itchy fingers and started to scribble in my sketchbook again. We visited some magnificent churches and cathedrals; this one below is the Basilica of San Petronio. The outside façade was left unfinished and in quite a rough state, which is in complete contrast to the fascinating interior, allegedly because the architect wanted to rival St. Peter’s in Rome and once the Pope got wind of it, he put pressure on to stop the project from being completed.

 

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One of the many beautiful things inside is a gorgeous painting of Saint Christopher. I managed a very quick sketch which doesn’t do it justice at all. Another fascinating thing is the longest meridian line in the world, marking out a calendar on the marble floor. We stayed and watched it in action just after noon, where a large dot of sunlight appeared alongside the date shown on the floor. It was very exciting!

 

The holiday was arranged by New Scientist magazine and focused on Renaissance art, architecture and science, expertly led by Andrew Spira.

 

Galvani

24 Nov

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It’s tiring going round museums and galleries and churches, so Husb and I had a bit of a sit down in the Piazza Galvani in Bologna, which has a large statue of Luigi Galvani, the pioneer of bioelectromagnetics whose work inspired Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein. When I draw statues, I try to get them from unusual angles and this one just happened to have a seat right behind the tails of his coat. Very convenient.

Open Studio Days And Cake

31 Oct

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You are welcome to pop in to one of my Open Studio days where I’ll be working on a commission from Sky Arts television channel, called “Here Be Dragons”, which means dangerous or unknown territory!

216 High Street
Swansea
SA1 1NW

Saturday November 3rd from 11 until 2 pm
Thursday November 8th from 3 until 6 pm
Sunday November 11th from 2 until 5 pm

It will be lovely to show you around and there will be tea and cake, home made of course.

 

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Seagulls At Sunset

28 Oct

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Seagulls at sunset hanging out of the spiky bits on top of the towers on top of the mosque that used to be a church. There was a seagull on each one.

Taking Proofs

19 Oct
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Inside my new studio on a warm and sunny afternnon

I did some test proof prints from my sample woodblock, using Caligo Safewash relief ink onto MDF. I did a few printings onto different papers and using different densities of ink – I mixed extender in for some of them. To be honest, I don’t particularly like any of them, they’re a bit too faded. I need to try out some different inks and papers to see if I get a better result.

 

From left to right: inking the block: rubbing the back of the paper with a Japanese baren, the prints hanging to dry on a clothes rack.

 

 

A Head In The Gallery

16 Oct Male portrait showing character

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Another face scribbled in the gallery the other evening…… always good practice to draw when I’m in an audience ….. using a ballpoint pen into a small notebook …..

 

A Head In The Audience

15 Oct Drawing of a female head from the side with glasses pushed up

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Husb and I went to our local art gallery, the Glynn Vivian, last week to listen to the artist Simon Periton, currently exhibiting at Galerie Simpson, speak about his art practice. Of course, I had to have a scribble……

 

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