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That’s How I Roll

13 Mar

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So I went to the Glynn Vivian art gallery this evening for a talk by the artist Bedwyr Williams. I sat at the back because there was a light on there in the otherwise dark room and I though “Ah, I can use that light to draw into my small but perfectly formed sketchbook.” Just as I started a scribble, the artist asked for the light to be turned off so I was left in pitch darkness. But I carried on drawing. Because that’s how I roll.

 

Hats Indoors

11 Mar

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This is getting to be a recurring theme, with the cold and very wet winter and I suspect, commercial premises turning the heating down a degree or two. Here are two of the people listening to artist talks at the Elysium Gallery and Bar this evening, given by Mark Folds and Bourdon Brindille. They were discussing their current exhibitions, “Crises” and “Breakage and Repair”, both excellent, clever, well made, interesting and with a bit of humour. The shows run until April 18th and are worth a look if you’re in Swansea. The Gallery bar and cafe also serves hot food, home cooked and really tasty.

A Cuppa And A Read

8 Mar

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Here’s another couple of quick sketches I did in Waterstone’s bookshop cafe in Swansea. It’s very quiet there because most people have bought books and then pop up to the cafe for a cuppa and a read. It’s lovely. I drew with a ballpoint pen into my tiny Laura Ashley sketchbook. I’ve put it against a 50p piece for scale.

 

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It’s a beautiful building, the former Carlton cinema and I sat under the dome to take this photo.

 

Hats Indoors

7 Mar

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Stopped for a cup of tea in the lovely cafe in Waterstones bookshop in Swansea and had a quick scribble. Two young women wearing woolly hats indoors. They won’t feel the benefit when they go out into the cold, as my Nana used to say.

 

 

 

 

 

Scribbling In The Book Shop

27 Feb

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I spent today doing lots of little bits of stuff, catching up with things I’ve been needing to do. One thing I’ve neglected for a while is sketchbook scribbling so I called into Waterstones cafe on my way home for a nice cup of tea and a relaxed scribble. It’s one of my favourite places for chilling and sketching; it’s been converted from the old Carlton cinema which is a beautiful building, inside and out.

International Womens’ Day 2020

13 Feb
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By Esther Ley

 

International Womens’ Day 2020 is coming up fast and my fellow artist Patti McJones and I have been asked to organise this year’s event at Cinema & Co. It’ll be our fourth year in this great venue. If you’re in Swansea on March 12th around 5.30 – 7.30, you’re very welcome to join us – local artists Esther Ley and Sally Davies are exhibiting with Patti and me. And there’ll be lashings of home made cake, of course.

Sally and Esther are launching their new exhibition, “Every Wrinkled Line” and Patti and I are installing our latest ‘Bog Art’ works.

In the cinema – EVERY WRINKLED LINE – “Women have always been scrutinised and judged, and our worth measured on a scale of supposed ‘beauty’. We are presenting work that need not be judged, the images aren’t beautiful, empowering or even a testament to adversity- they are an honest reflection of a life lived.”

In the Bogs – PATTI MCJONES – “I use my art to point at things. Injustice, hypocrisy, protest or just interesting individuals are the perennial subjects of my work. My real love is documentary speed sketching; ink-capture of protest and music really is the most exciting thing for me. Some of these I then turn into prints, paintings or murals“.

Also in the Bogs – ROSIE SCRIBBLAH – ” ER GÔF was inspired by a winter visit I made to Berlin where the Holocaust Memorial was under a deep white muffled blanket of snow. The massive black monoliths snaking across the site threw extraordinary shadows, forming delicate monochromatic patterns between dark slabs. As that generation of elders that fought World War 2 is dying out, there is a terrifying rise of xenophobia across Europe and the responsibility of remembering the horrors of industrial scale murder falls onto the shoulders of us, their descendants.”

 

Patti McJones, Rosie Scribblah, Sally Davies

Scribbling At Speed

2 Feb

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Sometimes there’s a lot of pressure to always turn out a ‘proper’ drawing but I don’t think that’s what sketchbooks are for. Artists need to practice, just as musicians do and my sketchbook is, for me, a great way to practice. Speed drawing helps to hone skills, forcing you to focus on what’s absolutley vital in the subject. I scribbled this in about a minute earleir today when I was having a pub lunch. The father and his little girl were at the bar and I had to work quickly to catch something as the child was excited and rushing around. I used a ballpoint pen into my A6 sketchbook.

Nephew In A Hoodie

29 Jan

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Nephew in a hoodie. Like it says on the tin. Drawn with a ballpoint pen into my A6 sketchbook. He’s so cute!

Here Comes Mayhem

23 Jan

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At the Plygain celebration over the weekend, after there had been plenty of Welsh carols sung and a break for tea and snacks, we had some surprise visitors. Some local Wassailers accompanied by the Coppertown Mari Lwyd (Mari Trecopr). We moved quickly from traditional Xmas hymns to Mari-led mayhem.

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The Mari Lwyd arrives with her companions and knocks on the door to be let in. It’s the job of the people inside to keep the mischieveous Mari out so there’s a battle of wits and rhyme – a sort of ancient rap battle – until the Mari and her gang are let in. This frisky Mari tried to knock back a glass of mulled wine!

This wonderful evening of Welsh tradition was led by David Pitt (who inhabits the Mari) and Margot Morgan, who organises the Aderyn Du (Black Bird) Brynmill Community Choir.

Scribbling Singing

21 Jan

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Here are a couple more sketches I did at the Plygain celebration last weekend in Swansea. Plygain is a Welsh language carolling tradition going back at least to the 13th century. It had almost died out but is now going through a healthy revival. In the past, families would have precious books of Plygain carols handed down through generations. Plygain is competitive – carollers take it in turns to sing and no carol can be performed more than once during the service, so these ancient family books of Plygain carols are precious.

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I sketched the carollers as they sang. The top drawing was done using the continuous line method – it’s easier to judge perspective and proportion I find. Then a few speed sketches just of heads.

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