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Sketching On A Train

18 Sep

Husb and I went away for a few days, to the Lake District and Glasgow. Hectic but great to get away after all these many months of lockdown. I love sketching on trains and did this one into my A6 leatherbound sketchbook with a ballpoint pen. I’ve been keeping sketchbooks for many years – it will be obvious when this sketch was made by the mask – everyone’s in masks.

LATCH, The Children’s Cancer Charity, Painting Fundraiser

I’ve been painting these ‘fakes’ with Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook since lockdown started in Spring 2020. I’m selling some of them to raise funds for this lovely charity which has given so much support to my young relative over the past few years.

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If you would like to see the paintings and maybe buy one, please click on the boats picture to visit the page. Thanks xxx

Scribbling On Zoom

18 Aug

I was at a Zoom meeting this evening and I had a bit of a scribble, with a ballpoint pen onto my lined notepad. Just a quick one to keep my hand in. I like the proportions of the Zoom box, that elongated landscape format.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left and to see the complete image.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

Background Painting

17 Aug

I carried on working on the background in my family zoom quiz painting, putting in the bit of the living room I could see over the upper edge of my laptop. I like it better than my original idea of having the individual ‘boxes’ just hanging in blackness.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left and to see the complete image.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

The Sticky One

15 Aug

Here are some more sketches I did at Rosehill Quarry yesterday during the labyrinth refurbishment. I had some of my home-made walnut ink with me but no nib pens, so I rooted around on the ground for a bit of stick and used that instead. I should do it more often because it’s very freeing. I can’t get much control over it so the drawings are more expressive.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left and to see the complete image.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

Cockling The Labyrinth

14 Aug

Back in 1987, the Rosehill Quarry Project was turning an overgrown disused quarry on the outskirts of Swansea’s city centre into a nature reserve and community park. One of the things that was built there was a Cretan labyrinth. It was cut into the turf, revealing the red ash surface of the old tennis courts and filled with cockle shells, a by-product of the local shellfish industry in nearby Penclawdd. Every summer local people and labyrinth enthusiasts meet up to recut the edges of the labyrinth’s path and lay down new cockle shells. The drawing shows a stylised sketch of the labyrinth with Dewi Bowen sitting on a seat looking on. I drew with conte crayons onto paper that I had prepared with my home made walnut ink.

The labyrinth was conceived and built by Bob Shaw and Dewi Bowen; Dewi came along today, 34 years after its creation, to talk to us about how it all happened. It’s great that so many people turned up to cut back the overgrowth around the labyrinth’s edge and to get stuck into “cockling” the paths, especially as we couldn’t do it last year because of the Covid19 lockdown. I found a quiet space perched above the action to draw from.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left and to see the complete image.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

Rosehill Quarry Brought Me A Husband

11 Aug

I did this sketch a couple of weeks ago in Rosehill Quarry, a place very dear to me. Swansea musician and composer Angharad Jenkins, “Sienco”, who lives near the Quarry worked with the local community to write a new folk song based on the history of the place, which is fascinating. The stone from Rosehill Quarry, perched on the hill, was used to build Swansea Town and her song traces it’s journey from those early days, through highs and lows to its present use as a beautiful urban nature reserve and park for local people. It’s a hidden gem and a lovely place to be.

By the 1980s, the Quarry was completely overgrown and neglected but local people got together with Swansea Council to get funding from a UK-wide government job creation programme which gave temporary work to unemployed people – I was one of them – it was a period of very high unemployment here. I started work with the team renovating the Quarry and there I met the man who was to become Husb. Oh yes. How romantic is that? He was unemployed too so we were brought together by Rosehill Quarry – and Thatcherism. Here I am drawing the labyrinth in Rosehill Quarry a few years ago.

You can listen to Angharad’s lovely song on Instagram here, or on Facebook here.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left and to see the complete image.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

I Thought I’d Finished …. I Was Wrong

9 Aug

I decided to do some more work on the big Family Pandemic Zoom Quiz painting I (thought I’d) completed earlier in the year. The original had a plain black border, but in reality the laptop sits on my lap (the clue’s in the name) and I can see part of my living room over the top. There’s also a load of digital gubbins at the bottom of the screen and then there’s what’s on the top of the keyboard bit as well. So more complicated and more real is the way to go. I’ve just started sketching in the living room bit at the top of the painting at the moment – lots of work to do, might be almost as demanding as the set of portraits. Here’s the original below.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left and to see the complete image.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

Got A Bit Of Culture

1 Aug

Husb and I got a bit of culture today. We booked a slot at the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery to see the new show, Terra Ferma by Carlos Bunga and to check in with the permanent collections, always something new to see there. I had a scribble through the door to the main gallery, with ballpoint pen into my A6 leather-bound sketchbook. It was lovely, slowly getting back to doing things in the real world.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left and to see the complete image.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

A Day Trip

26 Jul

Husb and I had a day trip out today, we’ve had so few since Covid19 lockdown began in March 2020. We met up with some friends at Caldicot Castle, where there was plenty of space to keep distanced. It’s a gorgeous place and the lovely weather meant we could stay outside and soak up the sunshine and catch up on the real life chat we’ve missed over the past 16 months. Zoom, WhatsApp and Messenger are ok but it was lovely to have some face-to-face contact at last. I only managed a quick sketch because we were all talking so much xxx

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left and to see the complete image.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

Little Vistas

18 Jul

Husb and I went for a coffee and scribble to the cafe above Waterstones bookshop in Swansea today. It’s a gorgeous place, it used to be the old Carlton cinema and Waterstones renovated it very sensitively. There are a lot of interior classical features – pillars, friezes, floor to ceiling windows – which frame little vistas across the room. I spotted this mother and baby in the corner, on a large settee in the window and did a quick scribble.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left and to see the complete image.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

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