Tag Archives: Bath

En Plein Air

17 Jul

Bath Carny 3

And the final scribbles from Saturday’s carnival in Bath. Drawing moving figures is a challenge but really good practice and I don’t normally get the chance to do it. That’s one of the advantages of drawing en plein air.

 

Bath Carny 4

 

 

More Bath Time

16 Jul

 

Bath Carny 2

Three kids in a Lazy Lounger and a man with nothing better to look at in the Bath Carnival at the weekend…..

 

 

Scribbles From the Bath Carny

15 Jul

Bath Carny 1

Husb and I went to Bath this weekend to visit friends and go to the Carnival. I like a good carnival. When I was a nipper, there used to be loads of carnivals in working class areas, with floats and what we called “Jazz Bands” who didn’t really do jazz but tunes on jingly things and kazoos. There would be baton twirlers too. I think that Elfin Safety might have done for them.

I did some contour drawings with a pencil into my A6 sketchbook – it was pretty fast moving at times and good practice. Originally, carnivals happened just before the Christian period of Lent and the word means “to remove meat”, which refers to the 40 days of abstinence that followed.

 

 

The Hat And The Fox

1 Jun

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Here’s the final pair of drawings I made during Fringe Arts Bath last Saturday. Working with an ad hoc group of artists, The Plebeian Scribblers, we did some sessions of performance drawing in the street during A FAB Intervention, curated by Melanie Ezra and Tim Kelly. The drawing on the left features the hat of fellow Plebeian Scribbler, Melvyn Williams and on the right, the back of Lynne Bebb‘s head wearing a bespoke needle-felted fox mask by Ann Lucas. I prepared my A3 bound sketchbook with brown parcel wrapping paper, stuck in with Pritt stick glue and drew with conté crayons in black, sanguine and white with fine line work in Faber Castell Pitt drawing pen, size S.

 

I’m currently working on a series of expressive drawings of ancestral stones and if you want to see some of my other artworks, please click here.

 

Middle Aged Legs

31 May

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Out with The Plebeian Scribblers at Fringe Arts Bath on Saturday, the four of use did a choreographed drawing performance. Well, simply choreographed. We turned and faced a different direction every 7.5 minutes, turning 90 degrees each time and drawing what was in front of us. After the complete 360 degrees we went back to HQ in the basement of the 44AD Gallery to recover a bit before the next round. It was pretty hot and very crowded and standing for half an hour at a time on the pavement was a bit heavy on middle aged legs.

A FAB Intervention was organised and curated by Swansea artists Melanie Ezraand Tim Kelly.

I’m currently working on a series of expressive drawings of ancestral sites and if you want to see some of my other artworks, please click here.

 

Fox In The Street.

30 May

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I spent last Saturday drawing in the street at A FAB Intervention, a public art event in Fringe Arts Bath. I am part of an ad hoc group called The Plebeian Scribblers and four of us drew in unison in the centre of Bath, giving passers by the opportunity to see artists in action. I did 8 drawings in all, here are the third and fourth, a generic street scene and a close up of fellow Plebeian Scribbler, Patricia McKenna-Jones, who happened to be wearing a fox mask by Swansea artist Ann Lucas. I prepared my sketchbook in advance by pasting in pieces of brown wrapping paper. We stuck to a very strict timescale, changing position every 7.5 minutes so each drawing was done quickly which forced me to focus on the absolute essentials of the subject. It’s good practice for not getting too precious about your work.

A FAB Intervention was organised and curated by Swansea artists Melanie Ezra and Tim Kelly.

I’m currently working on a series of expressive drawings of ancestral sites and if you want to see some of my other artworks, please click here.

 

Hot Public Scribbling

29 May
Drawing at Fringe Arts Bath

Drawing at Fringe Arts Bath

This is the fourth year that I have been involved in the fabulous Fringe Arts Bath, a crazy, anarchic festival of visual and performing arts, taking place all over Bath’s city centre, in empty shops, old mortuary chapels and the street. Last year and this year I was one quarter of a four part combo of artists who draw, The Plebeian Scribblers. We were part of a public access art event, A FAB Intervention, featuring 20 artists and organised by Melanie Ezra and Tim Kelly from the Swansea artscene.

It was hot but not as hot as last year and we found some shade to stand and draw. I drew into my A3 bound sketchbook that I had prepared by sticking ripped pieces of brown wrapping paper into it with Pritt stick glue and I drew with conté crayons in black and sanguine along with some white chalk and a Faber Castell Pitt drawing pen, size S.

The drawing on the left is a reflection in a large shop window, difficult to draw, to decide what to focus on; what’s important to the drawing because there’s so much going on. More drawings tomorrow……

 

I’m currently working on a series of expressive drawings of ancestral sites and if you want to see some of my other artworks, please click here.

Scribbling A Shaman

28 May

shaman

Not long back from drawing with The Plebeian Scribblers at Fringe Arts Bath (FAB). It’s been a beautiful day but very hard work with lots of travelling so I’m going to catch an early night – more about FAB tomorrow 🙂 I drew this shamanic figure into my A3 bound sketchbook with chalk and black and sanguine conte crayons, I prepared the book first with brown wrapping paper.

S’Up In May And June?

9 May

What am I up to?

I’m working through a load of art events that I’ve been preparing for ages.

I’ve done TRANSITION, a public art event on May 20th and 21st 2016 in Swansea’s Creative Bubble Artspace with the 15 Hundred Lives art collective.

The 15 Hundred Lives art collective

The 15 Hundred Lives art collective

And then May 28th I was in Fringe Arts Bath’s “A FAB Intervention” as part of The Plebeian Scribblers, a public access street-based drawing event.

A FAB Intervention in Bath

A FAB Intervention in Bath

And then June 1st to 24th I am part of the Swansea Print Workshop collective exhibiting and running events at The Welfare, Ystradgynlais during the “Arts in the Tawe Valley (AitTV)” festival.

The Welfare, Ystradgynlais

The Welfare, Ystradgynlais

And in the middle of all that, from June 17th, I will be exhibiting a large drawing as part of a group show in the ‘Divided By The Meltwater’ exhibition in Swansea’s Dynefor Centre.

Photograph by Tim Kelly

The Meltwater between Swansea and North Devon. Photograph by Tim Kelly

Throughout September I will have a solo show at the fabulous Workers Gallery in Ynyshir, Rhondda, showing the work I am developing on the ancient ancestral stones of South Wales.

 

The Hunt Rose Davies poster

I am part of the “Leftovers VI” International Print exchange which is a touring group exhibition of miniature prints from international printmakers. It’s just been exhibited in Boise, Idaho , USA and is destined for Reno, Nevada USA in October. Moves are afoot to bring it to Wales after Reno – watch this space!

And finally I will be running short courses in printmaking at Swansea Print Workshop over the coming months. Check out details here.

My courses at Swansea Print Workshop

My courses at Swansea Print Workshop

 

If you would like to see some of my other artworks, please click here.

Live To Draw Again!

30 May

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This is a 10 minute sketch of fellow artist Chris Harrendence who is one of the 4 members of The Plebeian Scribblers and we spent a day last weekend doing ‘live’ drawing in Fringe Arts Bath. We had a set amount of time split into 10-minute slots. Once 10 minutes was up, we changed position and went onto another 10-minute drawing. We did 10 drawings each, quite a body of work for one day. It was boiling hot and very tiring but worth it. We had loads of people stopping and looking at what we were doing, we’re all very committed to taking art out of white cubes and into public spaces. The other Plebeian Scribblers are Patricia McKenna-Jones and Melvyn Williams.

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I used a selection of graphite sticks and Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens into an A4 hardbound Daler Rowney sketchbook. It’s a challenge to work in such a formal way, normally I cast around and choose what I want to draw carefully, but this time we were given a specific street to work in and we had choreographed our positions so we had to draw whatever was in front of us during each 10 minute stint. Sometimes I was just looking at a shop window full of advertising and merchandise, so I did a couple of drawings of reflections and some of adverts, not normally what I’d choose to do. We all thought it was worthwhile though so The Plebeian Scribblers might live to draw again!

 

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