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Scribbling The Rap

28 Nov

Husb and I had a rare evening out last night, at a gig in The Bunkhouse featuring rappers from the Ladies Of Rage collective in Cardiff and Swansea’s Craze The Jack. I’ve always been a metalhead, but in the past three or four years I’ve been getting into Welsh rap. Of course, I had to have a scribble.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage 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.

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

Like Klimt’s Kiss

25 Nov

Walking and drawing in the streets of the Waun Wen area of the city, I find all sorts of things to record in my little sketchbook. I was wandering behind this young couple walking their dog and they stopped and leaned together and kissed so I scribbled, of course. Then I noticed how similar the way they’re standing is to the famous painting, The Kiss, by Gustav Klimt.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage 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.

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

Santa Came To Swansea

21 Nov

Santa came to Swansea this evening, which was lovely. A really happy moment after the last 18 months. Santa’s Parade was cancelled last year so it was even more precious this year, bringing friends and families together to enjoy something traditional but also modern and contemporary. I think I watched kids’ faces more than the parade, they were screaming and squealing with excitement. We had a little three year old relative with us, his first Santa’s Parade and his sheer joy was beautiful to see. I managed one scribble before I got wrapped up in the spectacle. It’s a good opportunity to draw kids sitting on their Dads’ shoulders.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage 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.

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

Scribbling In The Gallery

20 Nov

Today was the start of the Swansea Open 2021 show at the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery. It’s been going for many years but had to be put on hold last year because of Covid19. There’s usually a big opening event but this year people had to book time slots and although it was busy, it wasn’t crowded. As I get older I suffer more and more from “museum fatigue”, walking very slowly and standing and looking for a few hours is surprisingly tiring, so I sat for a while and had a bit of a scribble just before we left. There’s my painting on the bottom right – “Eighteen People, Two Dogs And A Cat”. It’s a painting based on our family Zoom quizzes during Covid19 lockdown. I’m chuffed it got in.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage 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.

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

Monday Video: Drawing In Public

8 Nov

I’ve been browsing my YouTube channel and I’d forgotten a lot of the stuff on there, especially the earlier films. So I thought I’d spend the next few Mondays posting some of my art videos. Husb is the tecchie filmie person in the household and he puts these short films together. This is created from a live performance drawing I did about 5 years ago, in a shop window on a busy street, with my young nephew posing for me.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage 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 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 Scribble And A Cuppa And Some Wonderful Young People

20 Oct

For many years I’ve loved popping into the cafe in Waterstones in Swansea, now and again, for a coffee and a scribble. There are usually plenty of people in there, relaxing and reading their new books, so it’s a good place to sketch. I really missed this after a few months into lockdown. It’s funny what you miss when you can’t have it, isn’t it? I spotted this guy engrossed in reading and making notes, so I scribbled him. No-one is safe from my ballpoint pen Mwahahahahah 😀 😀

My lovely nephew (in the middle) along with these other wonderful young people have benefitted from the Children In Need charity and now they’re giving something back. They’re the Surprise Squad (more about them here) and you can follow their adventures on BBC1s “The One Show“, tomorrow evening and again 15th – 18th November. I know that times are hard, but if you can spare a quid or two, please consider donating to Children In Need (here). They really do make a difference to young lives. Thank you xxx

Queueing And Scribbling

19 Oct

A big national company bought out a load of post offices and set them up in their city centre shops. So now there are no little post offices in the city centre. But the big company doesn’t seem keen to employ enough staff to serve in their central post office so there are always huge queues when I go in. No matter what time or day, there are usually only two people serving a queue that’s snaking across the top floor and in these days of Covid19 separation, often backing down the stairs as well. Anyway, it gives me time for a bit of scribbling. I used a ballpoint pen into my A6 bound sketchbook.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage 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 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.

Crowd Surf My Coffin

10 Oct

Oh WOW! It was so good to be at a live gig this week, Skindred at The Tramshed in Cardiff, first gig in over 18 months. It was AWESOME! I was so energised and danced and bounced for hours (killed me for the next two days though). But I still found a bit of time to have a scribble. We were upstairs so I was looking down on the crowd in the dark and I could only see white shapes of heads, faces, arms, hands. So I scribbled them, in the dark …. why not, eh?

I added the blackness today, using a very soft charcoal pencil and a tortillon. I would have carried on scribbling but I dropped my pen over the edge of the balcony onto someone’s head – had to duck so I wasn’t spotted.

Anyway, I couldn’t scribble when Skindred was on stage because I was screaming and hollering and headbanging. There was loads of crowd surfing going on down below, and a lively mosh pit. That brought back memories. When I die I want my friends and family to crowd-surf my coffin to a Skindred track. Here’s Newport’s finest at The Tramshed. I’m in the middle at the back on the balcony. Can you see me? 😀

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage 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 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.

Bruised, Sore And Hoarse. Marvellous!

8 Oct

Didn’t post here last night because I was AT A GIG – Skindred – for the first time since lockdown started. That’s 18 months without live music. It was BRILLIANT but I’m absolutely knackered today. My feet feel bruised, my neck is sore from headbanging and I can hardly speak because I screamed myself hoarse. Bloody marvellous. I didn’t realised how much I missed live music. I feel ALIVE!!!!!

I managed some scribbling during the set of the excellent first band, Saint Agnes. I was speed drawing in the dark – I like a challenge 😉 I often do technical drawing exercises, to practice, and the ones that helped most here are the one where you draw without looking at the paper at all, just the subject. And continuous line drawing.

The venue, The Tramshed in Cardiff, is proper old school with plenty of room for a mosh pit and carpets that your feet stick to 😀 I’m surprised I lasted the night, but two pints of Diet Coke and I was well away! But I’m suffering for it tonight so I made comfort food for me and Husb. Traditional rice pudding and a night in front of the telly. Lovely.

The main band was Skindred , Newport’s finest, and if you haven’t heard them, here’s a video of them at Download festival. They’re Welsh heavy metal / ragga fusion. I love them, one of my favourite bands.

Waiting At The Station

28 Sep

Here’s a little scribble I did in my sketchbook the other week when I was waiting for the train back from Glasgow. What a brilliant city, I loved it. I like doing these tiny drawings of everyday life into my sketchbook, just little slices of normality which mean more to me than ever before after 16 months of the pandemic.

This is the last few days of my September fundraiser for LATCH: The Children’s Cancer Charity.

This is me with my young nephew who has been helped enormously by LATCH over the past 3 years. We’ve got together to raise funds for LATCH, which is a small independent charity. Please click on the link below to find out more. Thanks xxx

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 nephew 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

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