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Cooler Boomer

6 Oct

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I’m continuing my odyssey of Baby Boomer portraits at Galerie Simpson on Swansea’s High Street this month. This sitter is my 77th out of the planned hundred. One thing that strikes me is the Boomer’s large age group, the oldest are 70 this year and the youngest 52, ranging from those who grew up with Rock’n’Roll through the 1950s to the Punk music and culture of the 1970s. Many Boomers challenged society’s expectations and norms when they were young and many still are, refusing to conform to stereotypes of middle aged and elderly people. Which is really cool. I think so anyway.

I’m also continuing my “en plein air” journey of discovery with prehistorian  Dewi Bowen  and filmmaker Melvyn Williams as we travel along the route of the legendary Boar Hunt, Y Twrch Trwyth, from the story of Culhwch and Olwen in the Mabinogion, the book of Welsh mythology, researching, filming and drawing the ancient stone monuments along the way.

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There’s more of my art to be seen in my online Gallery in Artfinder, please click on the image below to take a look. Thank you.

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Creative Juices

2 Oct

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Finishing things is something a lot of artists find hard. I used to. Once you’ve had an idea and worked it out in your head, it’s tempting to say to yourself, “Well, there it is. That’s the creative bit done. From now on it’s just graft.”

And up to a point that’s true, but these days I find that more creativity comes on stream as I work, as I draw, the mark-making, the interpretation of the subject are creative processes as well. I’ve reached number 76 in my series of 100 Baby Boomer drawings, but it’s still exciting and creative. As I talk to each new sitter, as I draw them I find more and more ideas spinning out of the murkiness of my brain, or heart, or guts, or wherever creative juices reside.

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This sitter was the last that I drew at the Creative Bubble artspace, a really useful service provided by University of Wales Trinity Saint Davids – or the Art School as many of us still call it. Graduates and students are able to book it for free to use in developing our creative projects. It’s so helpful to have this available in the city centre and it’s a great way for the Art School to support local artists. Thanks Creative Bubble!!! From next week I’ll be drawing more Boomers at Galerie Simpson on Swansea’s High Street. More news of that tomorrow…..

 

There’s more of my art to be seen in my online Gallery in Artfinder, please click on the image below to take a look. Thank you.

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Booming History

30 Sep

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I spend some time having conversations with the Baby Boomers who sit for me and these are as important to the development of this work as the sketches. With such a wide age group, spanning 18 years, there’s a huge range of experience and history amongst us all. It’s fascinating to listen to those Boomers older than me, the ones who were old enough to take part in the political movements of the 1960s, see the counterculture evolving on the American West Coast, live in Swinging London. These are things I watched on television as a child and it’s a privilege to talk to people who were there.

 

There’s more of my art to be seen in my online Gallery in Artfinder, please click on the image below to take a look. Thank you.

Quoit

In Profile

29 Sep
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Baby Boomer number 74 in my series of 100 drawings

 

I love this profile, so strong, so confident and self-assured. It’s a privilege to sit and talk and sketch with so many people of my generation. Sharing our experiences, sharing our hopes, aspirations, concerns. So many motivated, kind, committed people.

 

There’s more of my art to be seen in my online Gallery in Artfinder, please click on the image below to take a look. Thank you.

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Son Of The Sixties

28 Sep
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The 73rd Baby Boomer in my series of 100 drawings

Onward! I drew another four Boomers yesterday, their birth dates varying from the Forties to the Sixties. It’s quite a wide range gap so very interesting conversations that veer across so many decades. This sitter is one of my youngest, born right at the very end of the Baby Boom.

 

There’s more of my art to be seen in my online Gallery in Artfinder, please click on the image below to take a look. Thank you.

Quoit

No Rest For The Wicked….

25 Sep
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One of my wonderful Baby Boomer sitters

Now that my solo show at the fabulous Workers Gallery in Ynyshir is over, I will be ramping up work on my Baby Boomers series of portrait drawings. I have one more day at the Creative Bubble artspace this month and then I transfer back to the delightful Galerie Simpson for a day a week to draw more Boomers during October. I hope that will take me up to around the 90 mark out of the hundred I intend to finish by the end of this year.

 

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I also have to get together with filmmaker Melvyn Williams and prehistorian Dewi Bowen to discuss how we can develop our collaboration. We still have a lot of ancient standing stones on the trail of the Boar Hunt, Y Twrch Trwyth, to carry on drawing for months, but now that I’ve had an exhibition it’s time to focus on finding a publisher for Dewi’s book and an outlet for Melvyn’s film.

 

There’s more of my art to be seen in my online Gallery in Artfinder, please click on the image below to take a look. Thank you.

Quoit

 

 

Great Spaces, Great Faces

22 Sep

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I feel like I’m charging ahead in my quest to draw 100 Baby Boomers, with seventy two completed and another 5 booked in for my last day at the Creative Bubble artspace next week. In October, I’m going to be drawing from the lovely Galerie Simpson. It’s been great drawing in different creative spaces around Swansea, the venues have been so generous letting me use their spaces.

Creative Bubble was set up by University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) and Swansea BID to get some creative stuff happening in Swansea’s City Centre. It’s based in an empty shop at 13 Cradock Street – students, graduates & friends use it to try out their ideas.

Galerie Simpson, started life as a publishing label founded by artist Jane Simpson, producing limited edition artworks made in close consultation with internationally renowned artists. Opening an office in her home town of Swansea, this organically grew into an artist led – non profit gallery; Galerie Simpson swansea, is a salon style melting pot of a space, with a diverse range of shows and events.

I’ve also drawn Boomers at The SPace, a temporary outreach arm of Swansea Print Workshop, and Swansea Museum, which Dylan Thomas described as the museum that belongs in a museum. Great spaces to draw great faces.

 

Please drop by on the last evening of my solo show at The Workers Gallery for tea and art, cake and conversation. The exhibition ends on the 24th, so not much longer to see it.

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Seventy ‘Victims’ So Far

21 Sep

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And now I’ve reached seventy Baby Boomers!!!! Only 30 to go to reach my target. This is now looking to be achievable, but only with the generosity of the Boomers who’ve agreed to sit for me. It’s not easy, sitting still and quiet for up to thirty minutes while some nutjob artist stares at you. It can be unnerving and you don’t know what the scribbler is going to present you with – it’ll be the artist’s vision and might not look anything like what you see in the mirror every day. So I’m very grateful to my victims….and those to come.

 

Please drop by on the last evening of my solo show at The Workers Gallery for tea and art, cake and conversation. The exhibition ends on the 24th, so not much longer to see it.

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Sixty Nine

20 Sep

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Here is number sixty nine of my Baby Boomer drawings. I feel like I’m on the home run in my quest to draw one hundred Baby Boomers by the end of this year. The conversations I’m having are inspiring the next phase of the project – I’m not just going to leave it at a hundred portrait sketches – plans are afoot!

 

Please drop by on the last evening of my solo show at The Workers Gallery for tea and art, cake and conversation.

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A Pleasant Surprise

19 Sep

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This is Baby Boomer number 68. I’ve been getting through these 30-minute sketches quickly this month at the Creative Bubble Artspace. I have been looking through the first of this series, started about 18 months ago, and they’re much tighter, more structured and detailed, using fine nib drawing pens into an A5 sketch book. I changed over to graphite and an A4 format a few months back and it has freed up my style enormously. A lot of the marks I am making now are intuitive, automatic and not planned, thought out or considered. These recent drawings are so much more expressionistic and expressive than the early ones. They’re not automatic drawings in the Surrealist sense, but for at least part of the process I have suspended my focus and concentration and something else takes over. It then becomes a surprise when I look at the drawing a few hours later and see the  marks I have made; it’s generally a pleasant surprise. That’s good.

 

Please drop by on the last evening of my solo show at The Workers Gallery for tea and art, cake and conversation.

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