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Today’s Scribbles

8 Sep

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Today I spent a few hours down at The Creative Bubble Artspace, with fellow artist Patricia McKenna-Jones, working on some random scribbles onto very large pieces of paper, I use Fabriano Accademica, a fairly heavy paper (120gsm) with compressed charcoal and Winsor & Newton oil bars. I’m going back tomorrow to carry on so I’ll say more about it then. At the moment I’m plumb tuckered out with looking after kittens.

Ideas Forming

15 Nov

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I recently did a short residency at the lovely Galerie Simpson in Swansea and experimented with developing three dimensional forms from paper, print and text. I started out by making some little maquettes to try out techniques and I’m starting to think about how I might use them. Husb hung an LED bulb into one of them and I photographed it against a dark background. Ideas are starting to form. Hhhmmmmmmmm……

 

The three dimensional artwork I made during my residency is now being displayed in Cardiff at the Women’s Arts Association exhibition until December the 12th.

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Kollwitz Mashups

26 Oct

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I’ve been doing some little mashups with my Käthe Kollwitz stamped prints and some newspaper. They’re stuck onto the windows of Galerie Simpson where I’ve been doing an artist’s residency for the past 3 weeks.

On Saturday I’m having an Open Studio from 10.00 – 16.00 with tea and home-made cakes and the art I’ve been making while I’ve been here. Please pop in 😀

 

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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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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Thank you, Diolch x

30 Dec

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Thank you, all you people who have subscribed and who read my blog. I really appreciate it and also the comments and feedback I get. Knowing that you are reading it keeps me going. Have a lovely New Year. Blwyddyn newydd Hapus i chi gyd xxxxxx

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 33,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 12 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

 

Plumb Tuckered

31 Oct

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It’s been a long hard day of arty shenanigans. I started early this morning playing a ranting judge in a short film being made by friends. Then onto a second day of drawing in public at the Creative Bubble artspace in the city centre – I do this for a couple of days a month with the 15 Hundred Lives art collective. A quick bite to eat and off to a Halloween Shin-Dig nearby with some groovy people who have taken over an old shop and are developing it into a community cultural centre; early days yet but it looks very promising. I did some more spontaneous drawing there, some faces looming out of a long sheet of brown wrapping paper – well it is Halloween after all. And finally to one of the Elysium events – an open studio which was buzzing. A quick bit of blogging then off to bed because I’m plumb tuckered out. Goodnight 😀

My Journey with Bobbit

19 Jul

It’s been 4 years since I started blogging and I’ve done just over 1400 posts. My aim was to blog a drawing a day and I’ve more or less done it, so that’s around 1400 drawings. A fair amount of art. My very first blog was about my cat, Bobbit and one of my drawings of her. I’ve reblogged it here on my anniversary. I hope you like it.

My Journey with Bobbit.

A Face, A Story

12 Jul

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Older women shouldn’t be invisible. I’m combining my daily practice sketch with drawing from pictures of elder women because of the ageism that their generation suffers. I know that elders of both genders have problems to face, but it seems that they are compounded for older women. Not so long ago the BBC dumped a female presenter for the crime of being in her mid-50s after an arrogant suggestion that she should get Botox. Disgraceful. Why should we, male or female, be expected to wipe the story of our lives from our faces in order to be visible? Wrong, wrong, wrong.

This beautiful woman is drawn into my A4 hardbacked sketchbook prepared with brown wrapping paper, using black and white conté crayon and grey and black graphite.

They’re Fab!

11 Jul

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I am carrying on with the 10 minute sketches of heads of older women, this is the seventh and I’m relaxing into it. I’ve chosen to focus on women of advanced age because it’s a group of people that doesn’t seem to appear much in visual cultural references. Of course, there are iconic older women, like the actress Helen Mirren and the late Mother Theresa but in the general imagery around us, advertising, magazine covers, television and films, older women don’t feature much. Even when they do, they’re often Photoshopped to look much younger. It’s no wonder that so many women feel the pressure to have facelifts and botox in order to remain visible. So in my own small way I’m saying, “Hey, look here. Here are some older women. And they’re fab.”

It’s useful as a technical exercise; by limiting myself to 10 minutes I have to focus on the essence of the image and not concentrate on too much detail. This helps me to be much looser than if I was doing a formal portrait with more time on my hands. Because I’m working into a sketchbook, I’m not so precious about the drawing either, I’m far more willing to experiment.

I’m working into a hardbacked A4 sketchbook that I’ve prepared with pieces of randomly ripped brown wrapping paper, glued with Pritt stick. I do a brief outline sketch with a pale graphite stick, then put in the highlights and lowlights with white and black conté crayon, then I have a final scribble with a dark graphite stick.

A Milestone Reached

5 Apr

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Had another busy day with the opening of PROCESS, the new exhibition from 15 Hundred Lives, the art collective I’m a member of, at Swansea Museum. Afterwards, Husb and I went to our favourite Chinese restaurant, called Favourite funnily enough, and tucked into a gorgeous authentic meal.They make these lovely tofu balls, crispy on the outside and doughy in the middle. We tried a new dessert, Tang Yuan, little sweet steamed buns that exploded with a gooey sesame sauce in your mouth.

I sketched this chap surreptitiously. I rarely get the chance to draw someone of this size and it was difficult to get the proportions right. I should have made the head deeper and put the ear much further back on the head. Never mind, it’s all about practice and learning. I used a soft grey graphite stick into my A5 hardbacked sketchbook.

Oh and by the way, I posted blog number 1300 yesterday. That’s one heck of a lot of drawings done and published. I’m chuffed 😀

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