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The Last Of The Wet Ones

23 Jul

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Here’s the last drawing I made at the Troublemaker’s Festival last weekend, in the pouring rain, with my fellow Plebeian Scribblers, Chris Harrendence, Patricia McKenna-Jones and Melvyn Williams. Here we are below. The sketchbooks got really wet and I had extra problems because I had stuck ripped brown paper into my book, but the soaking started peeling it off.

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Photo courtesy of Gwyl Troublemakers Festival

Here’s a short film that Melvyn did of all the drawings we made…..

 

And no time to stop and rest …. on with the next thing ….. coming up at Cinema & Co ….

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Challenging

22 Jul

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My sketchbook has finally dried out after the soaking I had with The Plebeian Scribblers last Saturday at the Troublemakers Festival. We stood in the rain for a couple of hours, drawing in public and it was, well, challenging. I thought it might dry very crinkled or mouldy but it’s not too bad. It’s been very warm weather which helped dry it quickly.

 

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Here we are, from left to right, Chris Harrendence, me, Melvyn Williams and Patricia McKenna-Jones. I really like working with other artists. It can be a very isolated profession so it’s nice to get out and collaborate. We tried different drawing materials but we pretty much ended up using graphite blocks which dissolved into a lovely fluid line on the soaking paper.

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Photograph courtesy of Gwyl Troublemakers’ Festival

 

 

No time for slacking, on to the next arty shenanigans – coming up on July 31st …….Page_1

Soggy Scribbling

17 Jul

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Here are a couple more of my soggy scribblings from the Troublemakers Festival over the weekend. It was a sopping Saturday and my fellow Plebeian Scribblers – Melvyn Williams, Patricia McKenna-Jones and Chris Harrendence – stood on Swansea’s High Street and drew for a couple of hours. We got wet. Very wet. So did the sketchbooks. Now I have to work out how to dry out an entire sketchbook without it crinkling or going mouldy.

Melvyn photographed all our drawings and put them into a short video …..

 

 

 

For a limited period I am putting a new drawing of an ancient monument on my Artfinder gallery every day.  If you’d like to check them out, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

Townhill Boy

15 Jul

Townhill Boy

Today I drew for two hours in rain with the public drawing group, The Plebeian Scribblers, along with fellow artists Chris Harrendence, Melvyn Williams and Patricia McKenna-Jones, We were doing our street drawing as part of the Troublemaker’s Festival organised by Volcano on High Street in Swansea. Being Wales, we can’t rely on getting fine weather in the summer and so it rained. And it rained. And it rained some more. This was a challenge for our sketchbooks and drawing materials but graphite sticks won the day, they liked drawing on soaking wet paper. I was drawing a rather boring wig shop window when someone stood in front of me, a Townhill Boy, and it gave the drawing the focus it needed. I put the book onto the pavement to take the photo, you can see how wet it was.

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Just A Quick One

3 Jul

 

I didn’t do any art today, bogged down with admin and cooking, so I had a quick scribble when a relative popped round this evening. My friends and family are fair game. If they sit still for a few minutes, it’s inevitable that they’ll end up in my sketchbook. It’s a very small sketchbook with a lovely fabric cover and a red ribbon, very good white paper too.

 

 

For a limited period I am putting a new drawing from my recent sketch books on my Artfinder gallery every day. This is a view from Swansea Beach.  If you’d like to check them out, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

 

 

Three’s A Crowd

27 Jun

I often go along to demonstrations, vigils, protests partly because they often reflect my own views but also because it’s a good opportunity to draw people in groups, crowds, in relation to each other and to their surroundings, in action and in repose. Lots of different things to draw, good practice.

Of course, you can’t guarantee that people will stay still, or remain where they are so you have to be quick and train yourself to capture the essence of the scene in front of you, rather than the detail. That’s how the Impressionists worked. I worked with white, black and sanguine conté crayon into my A4 brown paper sketchbook from Seawhites of Brighton. This was the recent demonstration by local artists protesting against the imminent closure of Oriel Ceri Richards Gallery at Swansea University’s Singleton campus.

 

 

For a limited period I am putting a new drawing of an ancient monument on my Artfinder gallery every day.  If you’d like to check them out, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

 

 

 

Giving An Impression

20 Jun

 

Here’s another quick scribble I did at a course I was at the other day. I went to learn the basics of social history recording and found a few minutes to have a scribble. while one of the teachers was explaining something. His hands were very animated and moved constantly, which makes it quite difficult to capture, so you just have to go with the flow and give an impression of them.

 

 

For a limited period I am putting a new drawing of an ancient monument on my Artfinder gallery every day.  If you want to buy one, you can click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

 

 

 

 

Face And Foxgloves

19 Jun

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I went on a training day in recording social history and of course, I found a few minutes for scribbling. Things like courses and lectures are great because people are so absorbed that they tend to keep fairly still, which is a boon when you’re having a scribble.

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I also went for a walk to the beautiful Penllegare Woods and took this photo of foxgloves under the trees. Lovely.

Hands Off!

17 Jun

Hands Off Oriel Ceri Richards! The slogan behind the protest at Swansea University earlier today, against the imminent closure of this established and popular gallery on the campus.

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I had to have a scribble of course. I love to draw en plein air and I used white, sanguine and black conté crayons into my A4 brown paper sketchbook.

The protesters had made fab placards, very arty ones. To find out more about the campaign to keep the gallery open, please click here.

Daily Habit

14 Jun

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I’m falling back into good habits. For years I’ve been doing a drawing every day, even if it’s just a sketch that takes a minute or two. I think it’s like a singer running through her scales each day, good practice. But lately, I’ve fallen out of the habit and although I’ve been doing a lot of drawing, they’ve tended to be more complete drawings, often doing several at a time and I’ve neglected the quick little daily practice sketch. So a few days ago I dug out my tiny flowered sketchbook and I’ve been randomly sketching wherever I’ve been. These two women were scribbled at a party celebrating the wedding of two old friends, who were tying the knot after 25 years together. Marvellous. 😀

That’s sage and golden marjoram behind the sketchbook, I photographed it in my herb pot in the garden.

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