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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

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

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

Little Scribbles At The Same Time

7 Nov

I went out sketching today, for one hour precisely, at the same time as last week. I’m working on a new art project but I can’t go into any details yet ….. watch this space. I’m making quick little sketches en plein air into a new pocket sketchbook. This will develop into a substantial amount of work over the next few months. These little drawings are helping me to focus very intently on the area I’m walking in.

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“, 15th – 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 One Show And Me

10 Feb

Anne

 

Back in the summer last year, I took part in a public ‘draw-in’ in St. David’s on the west coast of Wales. A dozen artists based in Goat Street gallery were filmed drawing or painting locals and holidaymakers who queued up the road and round the corner for a chance to have their portrait done and appear on the telly. The item will finally appear on the TV tomorrow night, 11th February on The One Show, BBC1 from 7pm. I’ll probably end up on the cutting room floor, who knows.

It was good discipline for me because I aimed to draw each portrait in 30 minutes while getting a good likeness. I drew seven in 4 and a half hours. I hadn’t done anything like it before so I was well pleased with myself. Here is one of the portraits I drew with Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens into my A5 leather bound Steampunk sketchbook.

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