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Being the change

18 Mar

Cool en plein air drawings from Swansea-based artist Patti McJones via Being the change

Monotype With Chine Collé

10 Mar

Tent City 1

Cinema & Co, Swansea, throughout March. Exhibition – The Revolting Women Present: The Personal Is Political.

A bit of technical stuff today, here’s a monotype I did recently with chine collé from an original sketchbook drawing. I was in London a few years back and wandered over to “Tent City”, the Occupy London protest outside Saint Paul’s Cathedral. My sketchbooks are full of scribbles from life and I don’t often find a way of using them, but recently I’ve done a small series of monotypes from the more political ones. I worked on a Perspex plate, putting it over an enlarged printout of the original on a light box. I also used the light box to accurately cut the chine collé and I stuck it onto the printing paper, with a Pritt Stick, before drawing the monotype.
Tent City 1 chine colle

I used a vintage W. H. Saunders paper for the main print and pieces of Indian paper handmade from recycled saris along with some tissue that my new Doctor Marten’s boots were wrapped in for the chine collé.

setting up

It’s one of the artworks I’m exhibiting with the artist Patti McJones at Swansea’s Cinema & Co for the rest of this month. We call ourselves The Revolting Women 😀


Playing with poison

8 Mar

A very interesting blog from artist Patti McJones about her work in the Cyanotype technique.


via Playing with poison

Revolting Women Getting Ready

4 Mar

The artist Patricia McKenna-Jones and I are getting our work ready for our new joint exhibition opening at Swansea’s Cinema & Co this coming Friday (March 8th). It’s so much easier to cut mounts when there are two of you; it’s one of those necessary jobs I find really boring on my own.


Mostly done now, just oodles of cakes to make. Please come and join us if you’re in town, Cinema & Co has a great bar, and Ele is doing her Brazilian pop-up kitchen. Please click here to find out more about the evening ….

revolting women flyer

Drawing At Night

22 Feb


London 1

Husb and I are in London overnight, for the Sky Arts ART50 festival at The Barbican tomorrow. We had a wander around central London, hanging out in the Charing Cross / Leicester Square area, found a nice Vietnamese restaurant for our dinner and then went to the National Portrait Gallery, which stays open late on Fridays. They had an artist in residence running a drawing session so I had a quick scribble. They provided the materials, thank you very much.

London 2

The original is Lady Ottoline Morrell, painted by the rather scandalous Augustus John. The subject has a pronounced underbite and distorted teeth, which the artist didn’t shy away from. We arrived at the drawing session late so I only had a few minutes to sketch.


Universally ambiguous (more revolting)

4 Feb

Patricia McKenna-Jones and I are Revolting Women


via Universally ambiguous (more revolting)


One of many women who should be remembered:

19 Jan

Fellow artist and blogger, Patricia McKenna Jones, has done some important work about women who resisted the Nazis …..


via One of many women who should be remembered:


More revolting plans:

17 Jan

The artist Patti McJones and I are getting up to arty shenanigans …..


via More revolting plans:

Seasonal Food

17 Dec


Sitting in the dark, watching TV, scribbling the cat quickly on my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet using a free Markers app. Been visiting relatives most of the day and am stuffed full of home made mince pies. Mmmmmmm …. seasonal food.



The Swansea Open

29 Nov

mari siglo

The Swansea Open, December 8th to February 2nd 2019, Glynn Vivian art gallery.

I just heard today that I have had 2 artworks accepted into the Swansea Open exhibition and I’m chuffed to bits as Swansea is full of talented artists and the competition is stiff. I submitted two monotypes of the Mari Lwyd, based on drawings I did in my sketchbook at the end of last year. The Mari Lwyd is an ancient Welsh tradition, where groups of revellers wander the streets and pubs accompanied by a life size puppet constructed around a decorated horse’s skull. It may hark back to the worship of the Celtic horse goddess, Epona and has links with Wassailing, May Day hobby horses and Yule celebrations..

Mari thumbnail

The two pieces are intaglio prints – an etching and a mezzotint – that I made during a weekend course with accomplished printmaker Andrew Baldwin at Trefeglwys Print Studios a couple of months ago. It’s a beautiful studio in an ancient building in Powys and I learnt so much from Andrew. He has developed an innovative low toxicity etching ground – B.I.G. – that can be used in both traditional and inventive ways. You can find out more about it here.

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