Tag Archives: beach

Pressure And Strokes

17 Apr

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Another quick sketch from Swansea Bay yesterday with conté crayons into my A4 brown paper sketchbook. I concentrated on capturing a sense of the atmosphere, rather thanSwansea Bay 1 fine detail. I limit myself to three colours, white, sanguine and black, so different tones have to be achieved by varying the pressure on the conté sticks and overlaying one colour with strokes of another. The brown coloured paper gives me a ready-made mid-tone to work over, which makes life a bit easier. A lot easier really, as I don’t have to face the tyranny of a pristine white sheet.

 

I have put my series of drawings en plein air of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you want to see more, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page. This one is the legendary grave of Saint Elfys (Elvis) in Pembrokeshire, not for from the Presceli Mountains. Elfys? Presceli? Elvis Presley? Coincidence? hhhmmmm

St Elvis

A Walk On The Beach

16 Apr

Swansea Bay Tower 2

Went for a walk on the beach, Swansea Bay, earlier today. Husb took off to do a run and I sat and scribbled into my A4 brown paper sketchbook from Seawhite’s of Brighton. I used black, sanguine and white conté crayons. Swansea Bay Tower

There isn’t a huge amount to draw on the beach and I’ve found that intimidating in the past, but many artists have made pictures from very little subject matter by concentrating on the atmosphere or their feelings for what’s in front of them, so that’s what I tried to do this evening.

 

 

I have put my series of drawings en plein air of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you want to see more, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page. This one is the legendary grave of Saint Elfys (Elvis) in Pembrokeshire, not for from the Presceli Mountains. Elfys? Presceli? Elvis Presley? Coincidence? hhhmmmm

St Elvis

Recycle Reuse

14 Jun

mumbles

I’m always surprised at what people throw away. I often pull discarded prints out of the waste paper bin at the workshop, they’re done on beautiful paper with top quality inks and can be reused for drawings and collage but still people chuck them. Other people’s waste is my raw material and I use these thrown away prints for my own drawings. I like starting to draw over something unfamiliar. I took this down to the beach last night and drew with compressed charcoal, used neat and also rubbed in with my fingers. I might eventually cut it down to a small border or even no border at all. I was standing outside the Civic Centre, looking across Swansea Bay at Mumbles.

 

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.

Shadowbeach

12 Jun

shadowbeach

 

I’m lucky to live near one of the loveliest beaches anywhere, Swansea Bay, and Husb and I often wander down for a stroll. I used to sketch it a lot but haven’t done for ages because it got boring; I couldn’t find anything new to draw. I had recently been thinking about the drawings of van Gogh and his wonderful expressive mark-making and so today I decided to take a different approach. Instead of trying to find something different about the subject, I concentrated on mark-making, on the way I put the drawing down on the paper. That took my attention away from what I was drawing and onto how I was drawing and in a roundabout way the subject emerged more or less on its own. The mark making took in the lengthy shadows on the beach cast by an evening summer sun, the pier, the smoke from the Port Talbot chimneys in the distance, the tiny figures strolling near the water’s edge.

 

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.

Standing In The Sun

7 Apr

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The sun is out, people are flocking to the beach and there are plenty of subjects to draw. This chap was standing on the sand absorbing the heat. I drew him with a graphite stick into my A5 hardback sketchbook.

Beach Life

6 Apr

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The sun was out today and, typically British, crowds flocked to the beach, sunbathing in vests and shorts, even bikinis and a brave few took a dunk in the oh-so-cold sea. Not me! I stayed well covered, but that’s because I burn in the sun. It probably wasn’t more than 20 degrees Celsius, maybe not even that, but that’s good enough for us hardy Brits. And it’s great for scribbling too. I did these very quick sketches into my A5 hardback sketchbook with a graphite stick.

Slate Cliffs And Bara Brith

29 Sep

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Husb and I spent yesterday walking with friends along Newport beach on the North Pembrokeshire coast. Apart from the exceptional beauty of the place, it’s notable for the variety of wild birds along the estuary and the rugged vertical slate cliffs. I stood with my back to the slate cliff and quickly sketched the headland and the beach in front of me. I used Daler Rowney soft pastels into a small Khadi handmade paper sketchbook.

Afterwards, back at our friends’, we sipped tea, nibbled on home made bara brith and browsed through some books on Kyffin Williams’ landscape drawings. Inspirational.

The Dead Rabbit Mystery

28 Sep

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Husb and I visited friends in north Pembrokeshire this afternoon and went for a long walk along the estuary and beach at Newport. I was surprised to find this broken corpse of a wild rabbit on the sand. It was a sad sight and I looked away at first but then decided to sketch it. The body wasn’t marked or torn in any way, although its eye sockets had been picked clean. We wondered how it had got there. A fox or dog maybe? But it hadn’t been gnawed or worried. Dropped by a bird of prey? It wasn’t a baby rabbit, but not fully grown either, so that’s a possibility. We’ll never know.

 

I drew into my leather-bound Steampunk sketchbook with a Faber Castell Pitt drawing pen, size S. It took about 3 or 4 minutes. It seems a bit gruesome drawing a rabbit corpse, but there’s a tradition of painting dead animals in Northern European art.

Slumped In The Sand

20 Aug

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Husb and I have taken a few days off work for a bit of a holiday and have never been busier! We have had some little relatives staying and that’s when we realise the advantages of living near the sea. Small children love the beach, it’s free and there are plenty of people to sketch .

And after a quick scribble, I get the chance to slump in the sand, catching a bit of sunshine, although there’s already a bit of an Autumn chill in the air. This is drawn with a Faber Castell Pitt drawing pen size F into my leather Steampunk sketchbook, size A5.

Gestures On The Beach

13 Jul

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I was on the beach in Swansea Bay again earlier, having a walk and a workout on the outdoor gym equipment. I stopped awhile to have a bit of a scribble into my little spotty sketchbook, size A6, with a Faber Castell Pitt drawing pen size S.

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Typically called gesture drawings, these speedy sketches force you to analyse quickly and just get down the fundamentals, no time for the details.

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