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The Bandy Legged Ball Of Fur

13 Aug

bandy furball

It’s so hot and humid with thunderstorms and downpours coming and going and we’re dog sitting for a couple of days so Husb and I are trying to take the small hairy one for walks in between the heavy showers. I followed behind the Pooch and the Husb this evening, scribbling into my sketchbook. I had to move fast to catch her as she ran about – she doesn’t do anything slowly. The more I scribbled her, the more I realised that not only is she very furry, she’s also quite bandy-legged. I think I was finally getting somewhere with the last sketch, bottom just right of centre, but I stopped then because I was shattered – it’s so much harder exercising in this weather. The dog is a Pomerpoo ( a Pomeranian Poodle cross) and I drew her with a ballpoint pen.

Not Just Faking And Baking

11 Aug

fake and bake

I’ve been looking at my blog posts over the past few months and it looks as if I spend most of my time baking or faking (with the Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Fridays) or drawing trees. But behind the scenes I’ve been carrying on with my pandemic-inspired project which involves, in the first stage, carving around 100 little lino blocks. Well frankly, that’s interesting to blog about occasionally but it would be pretty boring if that’s what I posted day in, day out. So I’ll just drop it in now and again.

Columbian

This morning I was at Swansea Print Workshop, we’re starting a slow and measured re-opening with no more than two artists at any one time, masked and sanitised. I get to hang out with this big beast – The Columbian 😀

Baking And Sketching

10 Aug

8 Cwmdonkin

Another evening walk, another sketch in Cwmdonkin Park. There are plenty of trees so I’m in no danger of running out of subjects any time soon. There are lots more people in the park now that lockdown is easing.

 

bread

Earlier, I made bread. And pizza, but that got eaten before I could take a photo.

Faking It Slowly

9 Aug

fields 3

I dropped into Facebook’s Wine and Cheese Painting Club on Friday, to practice and improve my skills. It looks like a fairly simple work but it’s surprisingly complex, with loads of layering, stippling the colours over each other.  It’s going to be a long job. This is what I managed in the hour and a half session but I reckon there’s another 4 hours at least. I didn’t get a chance to work on it through the weekend, today’s fine weather was perfect for a couple of hours down the allotment, followed by a few in the garden. A hot sweaty job. Got loads done though. So this fake is going to have to wait until tomorrow.

I use Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paints and Daler Rowney brushes.

I also got a cracking charity buy yesterday, from the Cats Protection shop. I love spiders. Always have, ever since I was little and got a liking for the little critters running up my arms – it tickles.

spider brooch

 

Fair Pay, Cake And Unicorn Sprinkles

8 Aug

NHS Demo

Husb and I went to our local ‘Support the NHS’ demonstration earlier today, highlighting the unfairness of wages for those that only very recently were being clapped and praised by the government. It was well organised, with people being responsible, maintaining a distance, wearing masks, using sanitiser. Demos are always a good opportunity to sketch crowds, not something I find easy because there’s perspective, proportion and people moving around to deal with.

It isn’t fair that people working in health and social care can earn so little. We’d be screwed without them. Demonstrators brought flowers to lay at the foot of the flagpole outside the Guildhall to commemorate NHS workers who have died of Covid19 over the past few months.

Chelsea cake 21

On a happier note, our eldest great niece is 21 today so Husb and I made her a birthday cake – I did the cake, he did the icing. Four layers of rich chocolate almond cake sandwiched and decorated with chocolate buttercream icing, fresh fruit and unicorn sprinkles on the top. She’s got a thing about unicorns.

Sunflowers Of The Damned

7 Aug

1a Rhosili

People sometimes ask me if I could do them a ‘nice landscape’. My answer to that is that I don’t do a nice anything. Husb and I went down to Rhossili Bay this evening to see the field of sunflowers and I drew them with charcoal into my Khadi sketchbook. The flowers are beautiful, bright and colourful but I chanelled my inner German Expressionist and ended up with the sunflowers of the damned.

1 Rhosili

There was strange weather as well. It was really sunny when we left the city but by the time we reached the beach the cloud had dropped out of the sky and covered the headland and Worm’s Head and created a very odd effect in the sky. It was our first proper trip since lockdown began. We’ve been going walking most days and working our allotment but we haven’t been ‘out out’, although it’s less than 20 miles.

#Catitude

6 Aug

sparta spindle

Greetings Trained Monkeys. Sparta Puss here. The hairless apes have left the pooter box unattended again. I’ve had a fun 24 hours. Last night, I hid in the rhubarb patch when the she-simian was looking for me to get me to come in – I’m curfewed from dusk because I’m a murderer. She ran all over the place, then hassled the he-monkey to go out in the dark and look for me in his pyjamas and slippers in the rain. I sauntered in after she put some Dreamies into my bowl. Hilarious.

Then this morning I bit the female when she tried to brush me – “you’ll get furballs”, she said and gave up and went to put something called antiseptic cream on her hand. Then I went looking for somewhere to sick up a furball. The apes don’t have nice carpets, it’s all wood and tiles but there’s one rug in the house so I threw up on that. Then this evening the she-ape was lurking by the stairs where I was sitting, with one of her dirt sticks and a buk. She makes strange marks with her dirt sticks in the buk and then says it look like me. She’s an idiot! Anyway, as soon as she began, I started fidgeting and kept it up, even though she was cooing at me and asking me to sit still for a while because I was making it impossible for her to ‘draw’ me. Hah! That’ll teach her.

 

Random Faffing

5 Aug

pastel 2

I’m trying to loosen up and be more spontaneous when I’m making art, I tend to faff around and fuss and get lost in detail and it’s hard for me to just let go. I’m taking a leaf out of the Surrealist artists book and doing some random creative exercises. I coloured a load of paper with pastels a while back, with a few other people, making random marks all over the sheets. I ripped them up and today I just threw them down and photographed them. Digital cameras – brilliant! The background is a sheet of paper I’d brushed with my home-made walnut ink. I don’t know what will come out of this. I’ll carry on and see where it gets me ….. or not.

 

Pantycelyn

3 Aug

1 Pantycelyn

Husb and I took a stroll along the magnificent Pantycelyn Road earlier. It has one of the most beautiful views in Swansea, over the bay to north Devon. I think Pantycelyn means the Holly Bridge in Welsh. I drew quickly with Daler Rowney medium willow charcoal sticks into a Khadi handmade paper sketchbook in the late summer evening sunshine.

Another Yew On Ethical Paper

2 Aug

7 Cwmdonkin

Another lockdown walk this evening and another charcoal drawing of a grand old yew tree in Cwmdonkin Park. There are loads of yews there, gnarled, ridged, wrinkled. Some of them have branches that have grown back into the main trunk of the tree, other branches wrap round the main trunk like they were ivy. I’m drawing into a lovely Khadi hand-made paper sketchbook. The paper is heavy, textured with deckle edges and it’s an ethical company too.

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