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29 Apr

Pat Orange 2

I carried on painting today. I’m just doing a bit at a time because I tend to get very stressed over painting, which doesn’t happen when I draw or make original prints. So I’m just dashing over to it, slapping some acrylic paint on it, then dashing away to do something else. Today I put a wash of orange over the yellow towards the bottom of the canvas roll. It’s a complementary colour to the blue and I like using complementary colours – they create such intensity. I also started to block in some darker areas on the overalls, overlaying the cerulean with a red-biased pthalo blue. I’m using Liquitex Heavy Body acrylics, mostly transparent or translucent as I like layering glazes over each other. This is a portrait of the artist Patti McJones that I started 5 years ago, it’s a big piece, almost life size.

28 Apr

GS artists 2

Another recent page from my sketchbook, getting back into the swing of scribbling regularly after a fallow period. I scribbled these at an event at GS Artists in Swansea yesterday.

Local artist Owen Griffiths has just completed a residency there and was presenting his  recent “research and ideas around land use, climate change, place and working in Wales.” It was very interesting and provocative and I’m looking forward to seeing how it develops.

Keeping My Hand In

27 Apr

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Husb and I went to an event at GS Artists on Swansea’s High Street earlier today, featuring local artist Owen Griffiths. I had to have a scribble, of course. Keeps my hand in.

A Bit Less Slack

26 Apr

Pat 2

That’s two days running now that I’ve picked up paintbrushes and got to work on some canvas. I did some more work on the head of my subject and the flowers in the background. I am using Liquitex Heavy Body translucent / transparent acrylics, thinned with water to build up overlaid glazes. It’s been a bit more interesting today, I let myself go a bit and enjoyed making patterns in the paint and I feel a bit less slack. Not a patch on woodcutting though ;D

Very Slack

25 Apr

 

Pat 1

I generally don’t paint because it takes for ever. When is a painting ever finished? Printmaking is very much a process, it tends to be time limited so you complete an edition of prints and that’s it. That’s what I like about it. But whenever I start a painting, it just goes on and on. I started this one, a portrait of fellow artist Patti McJones about 5 years ago and finally got it out of the cupboard today to continue working on it. Maybe I’ll finish it over the next few days. I’m using Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paint onto an unstretched canvas roll. I started by drawing in compressed charcoal and then blocked in the main areas of colour. Then I left it. For half a decade. I guess I’ve been very slack!

All About Eve…

12 Apr

Last night, Husb and I went to our local cinema to see a link up with National Theatre Live in London broadcasting a performance of the play All About Eve, directed by Ivo van Hove and starring the superlative Gillian Anderson, whose performance was outstanding. The whole cast were tremendous and the set design was brilliant. Of course I had a scribble. Just before the lights went down, the TV presenter Kirsty Wark did an introduction and there was just enough light to do a quick sketch of her looming above us.

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Not a flattering look for her though. The play is wonderful and it’s great to be able to see it locally without the expense of travelling to London.

 

En Plein Air

7 Apr

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There was an interesting demonstration in the city centre yesterday from Extinction Rebellion, raising awareness of climate change. Of course, I had to have a scribble en plein air. Not easy when everyone is moving a lot…

A Bit More Cosi

24 Mar

cosi fan 2

Here are a couple more drawings I did at the opera the other evening, Cosi Fan Tutte at The Taliesin on Swansea University’s Singleton campus. It was very dark so I could hardly see the paper, an A4 brown paper spiral bound sketchbook. I used white and sanguine conté crayon, turning the white on its side to block in large areas and then scribbling with the sanguine.

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My giant woodcut “Here Be Dragons” is going to be featured on Sky Arts TV channel on Tuesday 26th March at 9pm. If you’re a Sky TV subscriber or if you have NOW TV you’ll be able to see a short film of me going through the creative process, with lots about Swansea and footage of Swansea Print Workshop too. It’s part of a whole week of arts programming showing how artists across the UK have responded creatively to Brexit.

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The Pit And The Uniform

23 Mar

It was a new one for me last night as I went with my Mam-in-Law to the opera. I’ve never been before and to be honest, being an ageing headbanger and rock chick, it would never have occurred to me to go except that Husb joined a choir recently and had the chance to perform in the chorus of Cosi Fan Tutti at the Taliesin. He has a lovely voice which he’s never gotten out in public before and he also looked rather spiffing in his Hussar uniform! Of course, I had a scribble.

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It wasn’t easy scribbling into my little cloth-covered red notebook as it was dark and I was surprisingly engrossed in the opera. I enjoyed it far more than I expected. It was good fun and I was impressed by the quality and skill of the singing. And there was an orchestra! In a pit! I never even knew that Taliesin had a pit!

I drew with a ballpoint pen, very quickly, unable to see much on the paper so it was a surprise when I looked at them. I wouldn’t mind seeing more opera, but the tickets are terribly expensive and if it comes down to a choice between opera and metal, I know which one I’d buy tickets for. (That’s metal, by the way).

 

 

More En Plein Air

21 Mar

Glynn Vivian

 

Sometimes life gets in the way of art and it can be difficult to do something creative every day. If I’m working on a commission or developing an exhibition, it’s easy because I’m at it all the time, but in the in-between times like the past week or two, I find it hard to get motivated. Husb and I went to the Glynn Vivian art gallery this evening, with lovely young nephew, to hear the author Andrew Green give a talk about his new book, “Wales In 100 Objects“. Great stuff. I had a quick scribble. It was dark in the lecture room so I couldn’t quite see what I was doing. Never mind. It’s enough to put pen to paper and do a bit of a drawing every day at the moment.

 

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