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Flashback To The Desert

7 Jan

desert drawing

It seems like a long time ago that Husb and I were in Jordan, but it was just a few weeks. I did this drawing in my sketchbook as we sat on a rocky ridge in the Wadi Rum desert waiting for the sunset, which was incredible, so beautiful, vast, silent.

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Photograph by M. Williams

Quizzing

7 Jan

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A couple of quick sketches at our local pub quiz. We were abysmal, 28 out of 40 – the winners scored 38! I’m getting back to normal after the mid-winter shenanigans where I took a bit of a break from doing art – or anything much else to be honest, apart from eating my own body weight in cheese! So back to sketching every day. I used a ballpoint pen for these very quick scribbles into an A6 size pocket sketchbook.

Drawing In The Moment

22 Dec

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I prefer to sketch when I’m travelling and take very few photographs because when I look back at photos and drawings, it’s the sketches that put me back into the moment and make the memory more vivid. Here’s a quick sketch outside the UNESCO World Heritage site, Quasayr’ Amra, a desert castle in the north of Jordan, to the eaast of the capital city of Amman.

Drawing In The Pleasure Palace

21 Dec

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Husb and I travelled to a lot of fascinating places during our recent trip to Jordan. I did this drawing in Qusayr’ Amra, a desert castle, pleasure palace and UNESCO World Heritage site in the east of the country. It’s about 1,700 years old and it’s interior is covered in magnificent frescoes, unusually for a Moslem country because they accurately represent animals and humans. In this particular one (above), I noticed that she only has three fingers, which is very common in modern cartoons. And the use of patterns in some of the paintings (below) is very contemporary.

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Petroglyphs, Camels and a Wadi Rum Pallette

19 Dec

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Husb and I camped overnight in the Wadi Rum desert last week. The colours were wonderful, so complex. I didn’t have time to do “landscape” paintings so throughout the trip I focused on capturing the colours around me with Winsor & Newton watercolours onto Somerset paper, creating my own locality pallette.

There were camels…. it was like the Lawrence of Arabia film. Wadi Rum is where he did a lot of his shenanigans.

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And there were ancient petroglyphs, featuring camels.

 

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Dead Sea Pallette

17 Dec

dead sea pallette

I do some artwork when I’m travelling, but there’s no time to do completed pieces. I’m not there to carry on working but also I don’t want to miss the chance to do something creative in a new environment, so this time I decided to try and record the colours of a place, to create a pallete of local colours, using Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolours. Here’s my Dead Sea pallete, on a warm but misty day which made the land and sea look quite smudgey. I’m on a beach in Jordan, looking over to the West Bank.

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More Psychedelic Stone

16 Dec

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More amazing stone from the city of Petra in Jordan. This reminds me of a landscape but it’s formed entirely naturally in the rock.

 

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Art Up A Mountain

15 Dec

 

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I am artist-in-residence and researcher with a scientific team at Swansea university and here’s a blog about our latest science / art fieldtrip if you fancy a read.  Art Up A Mountain

The Psychedelic Stones

14 Dec

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Husb and I have been away for a week, so I haven’t been blogging. We went to Jordan in the Middle East, a beautiful and friendly country. We visited the stone city of Petra – the stone is multi-coloured and stratified and the whole area looks like it’s covered with psychedelic works of art.

Quickies In The Museum

2 Dec

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I work for a homelessness charity a few hours a week, teaching fine art. Mostly I don’t get the chance to join in myself, but today I was demonstrating sketching en plein air ao I got stuck in and did a few examples. We were working in the National Waterfront Museum, a lovely place that has kindly given us space to run a course in acrylics. We did some quick thumbnail sketches, focusing on composition and working in ballpoint pens and Liquitex acrylic inks. Here are mine, 2 took five minutes and the third, ten minutes.

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