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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

 

paintbox crop

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.

Maggie's Garden

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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Beginnings

9 Aug

A lovely drawing blog post by Patricia McKenna-Jones, looking at how she started sketching so many years ago….

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At The Folk Club

5 Aug

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Husb sings in a small community choir and they did a few songs at Loughor Folk Club, so I went along. Of course, I had to have a scribble. It’s held at the local yacht club which is why there are boaty things on the wall.

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Fire in the hole! Watch out for art and science along the Tawe River

3 Aug

Please follow the link to find out more about the SciArt project I’ve been involved in.

 

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Judith hits back one more time

16 Jul

A fascinating blog by Swansea-based artist Patti McKenna-Jones following her creative process for her latest woodcut

 

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A welcoming gift

9 Jul

I’m reblogging this from Lois Elsdon’s blog because it’s about Welsh cakes – and who doesn’t want to know about Welsh cakes?

Lois Elsden

I was lucky enough recently to go away with a group of friends to a lovely place where we just wrote, and talked, and thought and imagined, and write, and wandered, and mulled and wrote, and drifted, and bought books, and wrote…

We stayed in a beautiful very old farm which was inspiring in itself, it exuded peace and calm which left minds open and receptive to ideas and with no distractions, apart from glorious views, which were a focus for pondering and thinking before settling back to what we were writing.

There were fresh flowers on the windowsills, some wild and freshly gathered from the sunny banks outside, and a plate of freshly made bakestones, otherwise known as Welsh cakes . They were so delicious they disappeared very rapidly… if I’d thought about it properly, I should have bought some flour and currants when we dropped down to the…

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Bitterns And Stripes

8 Jul

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I think I’m falling for those crazy bitterns. I couldn’t take my eyes of them at a recent drawing day at Swansea Museum, they’re awesome…..

Bittern 2

I used my Issabey brushes and my home-made walnut ink into a Khadi sketchbook, using the double spread. I focussed on the shape of the group, doing a sort of negative silhouette and using those thick stripes to enhance the composition.

 

 

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Printopia: an Exhibition

3 Jul

More about Swansea Print Workshop’s forthcoming exhibition …..

 

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Sheep to Yarn Experiment

7 Jun

A fascinating blog about one artist’s creative journey from watching sheep being sheared to making art from the wool that she created … and all the learning and processes on the way …

Sticks, Stones, and Paper Stew Blog

A few years ago (2016) I pondered and acted upon the question “how does one process wool and create yarn?” Thanks to several friends and lots of You Tube searches I set forth on the wool/yarn learning pathway. It’s taken several years and countless hours working with the Physical Therapist (not easy for my spine/back muscles) to reach the spinning stage. A month ago I took a local beginning spinning class which was essential since I couldn’t figure out what was wrong with a borrowed wheel.  The process finally is creating yarn! Here are a few highlights from the journey thus far:

img_2447 Waiting for shearing (Ewes, not the lambs)

Step 1: Have friends with sheep! Especially friends who grow sheep for meat and the wool  can ends up composting or on Craigs List. The sheep require a yearly shearing in spring depending on when the lambs are born. This breed…

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