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Movement And Proportion

10 Dec

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So a few more quick scribbles from a local café, Waterstones, which is on the first floor so I could look down into the street and draw people going about their Xmas shopping. It was getting dark and it had been raining so the roads and pavements were wet and shiny. This chap was squatting down next to a bench, chatting, and stayed long enough for me to get some of the reflections in.



It’s harder to sketch people on the move, with just a few seconds to get the essence of the figure onto the paper. I drew with a ballpoint pen into my tiny fabric covered sketchbook, it’s about 5 inches by 3 inches. Although the scribbles were very quick, they help to refine my eye and practise drawing movement and proportion.




Big And Baggy

9 Dec

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Husb and I stopped for a cuppa in Waterstones café yesterday, having a break from the mid-winter gloom. We sat in the window overlooking the street where Woolworths used to be which is now Poundland, it’s a good vantage point for drawing people going about their business. It was getting dark and everywhere was wet so people came and went very quickly. It’s a good exercise to draw quickly, if you only have a few seconds you have to get the main features down and there’s no time to be distracted by details.


Everyone’s in big, baggy winter clothes at the moment, but when the rain eases off, the big fluffy hoods come down.



Millionaire’s Shortbread

8 Dec

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Had a busy day in town today and stopped off for a nice cuppa in the café in Waterstones bookshop .… lovely. Husb had Millionaire’s Shortbread with his tea. It was one of the best he had ever tasted. Lots of the people there read their new books while they drink their tea. I had to have a scribble, didn’t I?



Literary Scribbles

6 May


Husb and I had a great time at Swansea’s Galerie Simpson yesterday evening at the launch of Seren Books’ new collection of the poems of John Ormond. Of course, I took the opportunity to scribble, sketching heads with a graphite stick into my A5 hardback sketchbook.

Seren is ‘Publisher in Residence’ at the gallery until May the 10th

Birthday Books And French Breasts.

18 Apr

Ink sketch: Oystermouth Castle.

Another birthday! Woohoo! Husb gave me three excellent books first thing and then took me this evening for a gorgeous meal at PAs wine bar in Mumbles, one of our favourite restaurants. While we were waiting I sketched the Norman Oystermouth Castle, currently being renovated in the distance behind some of the little Victorian cottages tottering down one of the many Mumbles hills. It’s a funny name, Mumbles. Legend has it that French sailors, upon seeing the two small islands offshore, shouted “Mamelles” which means breasts. Trust the French, eh? The word could also come from Celtic, Latin or Nordic roots but I think I prefer the French story. Drawn into my little A6 cat-themed sketchbook.

The books: Rob Brydon – ‘Small Man In A Book‘ / Philip Pullman – ‘The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ’ / Martin Gayford – ‘A Bigger Message: Conversations With David Hockney‘ . Plenty of reading for weeks to come – lovely 🙂


Filthy Weather And A Civilised Pot Of Tea.

4 Feb

Ink sketches in the bookshop.


Filthy weather today. We were promised snow but as usual, the bit of the Guf Stream that swirls around in the bay made the temperature just slightly too high for the rain to freeze out into snow. So we had freezing rain and driving winds instead. Horrible. Spent the morning at Swansea Print Workshop but was thoroughly fed up by the afternoon so sloped off into the city with husb and took refuge in the lovely cafe in Waterstone’s bookshop. I love this cafe. The bookshop was originally an old cinema, built in the very early days of the movies and it’s a beautiful building. It survived the WW2 blitz and the 1960’s town planning atrocities and Waterstones took it over and lovingly restored it. I love the idea of a cafe in a bookshop. You can buy your book and then cwtch into a comfy chair upstairs with a nice pot of tea and a toasted teacake and start reading your purchase without setting foot outside into the vile weather. Lovely.

I sketched a couple of people at nearby tables. The elderly man in braces had his head down, reading his book in his lap. The younger man kept his hat on over his very trendy haircut [does anyone say trendy these days?] while he chatted to the young lady he came in with. It was on the news today that sales of teapots in Britain have fallen because we’re all making our tea with teabags in mugs. Not in Waterstones – the tea comes in lovely little fat white china pots with matching cups and saucers.

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