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Working Upside Down

9 Feb

My Family Zoom painting is nearly finished but I was getting a bit stuck with the final touches so I turned it upside down, and the source photos too. Sometimes, when you’ve been working on an artwork for a while, you get to a point where you can’t see the wood for the trees and that’s where I was. Leonardo da Vinci recommends looking at the canvas in a mirror to see it afresh. Taking a digital photo can help as well. By working upside down, I was able to ignore my familiarity with the subjects and focus on the colours and shapes in front of me and their relationship to each other. I find it’s a really good technique for getting accuracy.

 

 

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique 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 and to see the complete image.

Inspired by drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artefacts 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.

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

Baking And Sketching

10 Aug

8 Cwmdonkin

Another evening walk, another sketch in Cwmdonkin Park. There are plenty of trees so I’m in no danger of running out of subjects any time soon. There are lots more people in the park now that lockdown is easing.

 

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Earlier, I made bread. And pizza, but that got eaten before I could take a photo.

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Henry Ossawa Tanner. Part 1

23 Jun

This is a very interesting read about an artist I had never heard of – you never stop learning …

 

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Dogs: our faithful companions since the paleolithic

29 Apr

A gorgeous blog about dogs with drawings from Patti McKenna Jones

 

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Another queue another sketch….

12 Apr

Another quick little sketch in a queue…..

Tescos queue

 

 

 

 

Woodcut in the bog

11 Mar

This is a great visual blog from artist Patti McKenna Jones

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One of the ‘bloody women’ I’m paying tribute to in the upcoming exhibition at Cinema & Co Swansea is Andrea Levy. I was impressed and depressed by her novel ‘Small Island’ (about the unbelievable levels of discrimination meted out to the Windrush despite them being invited to live in the UK after WW2) when I read it 10 years ago. She admitted to developing a flinty bloody- mindedness in order to get published in her final interview -released on R4 recently & really worth a listen. Here is the woodcut of her beautiful face in progress but you’ll have to pop into the toilet in C&Co to see the finished print….

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Workshops Galore!

4 Mar

Some amazing printmaking workshops by Kara Seaman coming up at Swansea Print Workshop soon. Please click on the link to find out more 🙂

 

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Massed Michael Sheens

25 Nov

 

I spent a very absorbing couple of hours this evening developing an embroidery of the actor Michael Sheen at the Sew Swansea workshop. It’s part of the 9to90 Creative Workshops this year.

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I haven’t done embroidery for decades, not since I was a child, watching my mother embroider and trying out little bits of stitching on scraps of material. It seems very much like drawing, but slower.

Patti McKenna-Jones and I are running  free workshop this coming Friday – please see the leaflet above.

The 9to90 sessions will culminate in an exhibition of massed Michael Sheens at GS Artists next month…..

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Eco-Strike Swansea

22 Sep

A terrific drawing en plein air by Patti McKenna Jones

 

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Squirting Blobs

13 Aug

 

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I recently made myself a tiny watercolour paintbox, using an old tin that originally had a dried up stamping ink pad in it. I filled one side with DAS airdry clay and pushed 6 semi-circular depressions into it with the round end of a menthol inhaler. And let it dry – it took about a week. Then I gave it a couple of coats of white acrylic paint to seal it. Once it was dry, I squirted a blob of good quality liquid watercolour from tubes into the little holes – Lemon Yellow, Vermilion, Crimson, Pthalo Blue, Purple and Green. Then I let them dry out before taking it out into the field.

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It works pretty well. The paints get wet, dry out, get wet again with no impact upon their quality. Here’s one I did earlier in the summer using ballpoint pen with the watercolours.

 

 

 

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