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Simple And Symmetrical

19 Nov

Here’s one of the 30 minute poses I drew at life drawing last night. I really love this one, it’s all simple shapes and very symmetrical. I drew with conte crayons in black and sanguine onto some heavy paper that I had used for a monotype, but I didn’t like the way it turned out. So waste not, want not. I really like the effect.

Tonight’s the Big Night! It’s finally Children In Need night. My lovely nephew (in the middle) along with these other wonderful young people have benefitted from the Children In Need charity and now they’re giving something back. They’re the Surprise Squad (more about them here) and maybe you’ve been following their adventures on BBC1s “The One Show“ over the past couple of weeks. I know that times are hard, but if you can spare a quid or two, please consider donating to Children In Need (here). They really do make a difference to young lives. Thank you xxx

Just Back From Life Drawing

18 Nov

Just back from life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop this evening, here are the first two quick poses, to get warmed up. Off to bed now. Goodnight. Hwyl Fawr 🙂

My lovely nephew (in the middle) along with these other wonderful young people have benefitted from the Children In Need charity and now they’re giving something back. They’re the Surprise Squad (more about them here) and you can follow their adventures on BBC1s “The One Show“, every evening until 18th November. I know that times are hard, but if you can spare a quid or two, please consider donating to Children In Need (here). They really do make a difference to young lives. Thank you xxx

Faking The Blue Robe

17 Nov

I did a session with Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club last week, the first in a while. We’re faking The Blue Robe by Henri Matisse and I’m really enjoying it. I’ve always loved his work, I love the free way he puts the paint onto the canvas. It’s good for me because I’m a pretty uptight artist, I get bogged down in process and detail and it’s good to let go. I’ve got maybe another hour to spend on it.

My lovely nephew (in the middle) along with these other wonderful young people have benefitted from the Children In Need charity and now they’re giving something back. They’re the Surprise Squad (more about them here) and you can follow their adventures on BBC1s “The One Show“, every evening until 18th November. I know that times are hard, but if you can spare a quid or two, please consider donating to Children In Need (here). They really do make a difference to young lives. Thank you xxx

Difficult Hands!

16 Nov

Here’s the last drawing from last week’s life drawing session at Swansea Print Workshop. I decided to focus in close on details and I used a ballpoint pen and work fairly small, size A3 paper. The hands were really difficult!

My lovely nephew (in the middle) along with these other wonderful young people have benefitted from the Children In Need charity and now they’re giving something back. They’re the Surprise Squad (more about them here) and you can follow their adventures on BBC1s “The One Show“, every evening until 18th November. I know that times are hard, but if you can spare a quid or two, please consider donating to Children In Need (here). They really do make a difference to young lives. Thank you xxx

The White Meadow. Waun Wen

15 Nov

Here are a couple more sketches I did on one of my recent quiet contemplative walks around the Waun Wen area of Swansea. It’s a traditional working class area near the centre of Swansea. Local place names reflect its pre-industrial bucolic heritage – Ysgubor Fach (Little Barn), Cwmfelin and Brynmelin (valley with a mill, hill with a mill), Pentre Hafod (Village of the Summer Pasture), while Waun Wen itself means White Meadow. Unfortunately, this idyll didn’t survive the Industrial Revolution and when I was growing up on the outskirts of the area, Cwmfelin was an inner city steelworks and Pentre Hafod the biggest slag tip in Europe, both covering the washing on lines for miles around with black dust. They were eventually cleared (after the tragedy of Aberfan pricked the conscience of the government) and the sites have been used for social housing and a comprehensive school respectively.

My lovely nephew (in the middle) along with these other wonderful young people have benefitted from the Children In Need charity and now they’re giving something back. They’re the Surprise Squad (more about them here) and you can follow their adventures on BBC1s “The One Show“, every evening until 18th November. I know that times are hard, but if you can spare a quid or two, please consider donating to Children In Need (here). They really do make a difference to young lives. Thank you xxx

Abstract Layers Of Colour

14 Nov

Here’s a short film of a Paul Cezanne painting, Mont Sainte-Victoire, that I copied back last year, when we were still in the throes of the first pandemic lockdown, with Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook. It’s shows extreme closeups of the surface of the painting, showing the many layers of Liquitex acrylic paint that I used to recreate Cezanne’s many subtle colour changes.

My lovely nephew (in the middle) along with these other wonderful young people have benefitted from the Children In Need charity and now they’re giving something back. They’re the Surprise Squad (more about them here) and you can follow their adventures on BBC1s “The One Show“, every evening until 18th November. I know that times are hard, but if you can spare a quid or two, please consider donating to Children In Need (here). They really do make a difference to young lives. Thank you xxx

Walking The Streets

13 Nov

Here’s another little sketch I did, walking the streets last week. I’m doing a sort of drawing contemplation I guess. Sketching what’s in front of me fixes it in my mind much more thoroughly than taking a photo ever would. I’m building up a bigger picture of the area now from these little pictures. Plenty more to do though.

My lovely nephew (in the middle) along with these other wonderful young people have benefitted from the Children In Need charity and now they’re giving something back. They’re the Surprise Squad (more about them here) and you can follow their adventures on BBC1s “The One Show“, every evening until 18th November. I know that times are hard, but if you can spare a quid or two, please consider donating to Children In Need (here). They really do make a difference to young lives. Thank you xxx

Making It Fit. Or Not!

12 Nov

Here’s a longer pose from last night’s life drawing session – 30 minutes. It’s good to do the quick warm-ups first and then go into something more leisurely. Our model, an elder, is very experienced and creates interesting poses. This one was lovely to draw but there was no way I could fit him all onto the paper!

My lovely nephew (in the middle) along with these other wonderful young people have benefitted from the Children In Need charity and now they’re giving something back. They’re the Surprise Squad (more about them here) and you can follow their adventures on BBC1s “The One Show“, every evening until 18th November. I know that times are hard, but if you can spare a quid or two, please consider donating to Children In Need (here). They really do make a difference to young lives. Thank you xxx

Almost Meditative

10 Nov

Another little sketch from Sunday. I spent an hour walking and sketching very quietly, almost meditatively. I’ve often scribbled in public but very quick and opportunistic, so it’s very different to walk slowly and draw with such focus over a period of time. I’m enjoying it and I’m also getting a greater depth of observation.

My lovely nephew (in the middle) along with these other wonderful young people have benefitted from the Children In Need charity and now they’re giving something back. They’re the Surprise Squad (more about them here) and you can follow their adventures on BBC1s “The One Show“, every evening until 18th November. I know that times are hard, but if you can spare a quid or two, please consider donating to Children In Need (here). They really do make a difference to young lives. Thank you xxx

More Tiny Scribbling

9 Nov

Here’s another little scribble I did en plein air yesterday, walking around the Waun Wen area of Swansea. I’m doing it for a reason but I can’t say just yet, soon though ….

My lovely nephew (in the middle) along with these other wonderful young people have benefitted from the Children In Need charity and now they’re giving something back. They’re the Surprise Squad (more about them here) and you can follow their adventures on BBC1s “The One Show“, every evening until 18th November. I know that times are hard, but if you can spare a quid or two, please consider donating to Children In Need (here). They really do make a difference to young lives. Thank you xxx

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