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Relaxing

2 Dec

 

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I’ve had a weekend off! It’s hard to do that when you’re self-employed so it’s a real treat when it happens. I saw lots of family and friends and I also did one of my favourite things when I’m relaxing, I did a load of cooking. I emptied the freezer of the last of our allotment fruit from the summer and I cooked up some preserves – apricot, damson and a cheeky jostaberry gin jam. And I made a chocolate buttercream sponge, topped with Maltesers, as a present for our niece who recently had a beautiful baby boy. She deserves it. Husb made the buttercream – he’s some sort of buttercream genius.

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Then I cooked up a large pot of Cawl (a traditional Welsh stew) so thick I could stand the wooden spoon in it. I served it with suet dumplings, proper comfort food for the weather we’re having. Back to work with a vengeance tomorrow!

Seventy ‘Victims’ So Far

21 Sep

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And now I’ve reached seventy Baby Boomers!!!! Only 30 to go to reach my target. This is now looking to be achievable, but only with the generosity of the Boomers who’ve agreed to sit for me. It’s not easy, sitting still and quiet for up to thirty minutes while some nutjob artist stares at you. It can be unnerving and you don’t know what the scribbler is going to present you with – it’ll be the artist’s vision and might not look anything like what you see in the mirror every day. So I’m very grateful to my victims….and those to come.

 

Please drop by on the last evening of my solo show at The Workers Gallery for tea and art, cake and conversation. The exhibition ends on the 24th, so not much longer to see it.

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Done (In)

31 Aug

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All done. Exhibition installed at The Workers Gallery ready for opening tomorrow. I’m plumb tuckered out and ready for bed.

There’s no formal opening but we’re having a ‘Tea With The Artist’ on Saturday September 10th and there will also be an end-of-show event on Friday 23rd so please put these dates in your diary if you fancy a trip to the gorgeous Cynon Valley.

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And now to bed. Nos da 😀

 

There’s more of my art to be seen in my online Gallery in Artfinder. Please click here to visit. Thank you.

 

Cupcakes

2 Jan

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Husb and I are off to a friend’s birthday do soon so I made some cupcakes. Then I scribbled them. The cakes are vanilla sponge with blackcurrant buttercream icing and the drawing is made on a Samsung Galaxy Tablet usin.g a free Magic Marker app.

Street Sleep

10 Dec

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I had an early start today and walked across the city to do some shopping to make cakes for the exhibition opening tomorrow and on my way back I spotted these two men asleep on the pavement down a side street. It was about 9.15 am and I was quite shocked. There’s one regular street person who tucks himself down every evening; he’s been doing it for decades and refuses offers of housing, preferring to live on the streets. But I’ve never seen anyone else out in the open like this. There are all sorts of reasons why people might be in this situation, but really, in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, it isn’t right. Why haven’t we cracked this problem yet?

On a lighter note, I’ve just finished the lemon butterream cake for tomorrow’s opening party for the group exhibition I’m in – the chocolate brownies can wait until tomorrow. I’ll post photos in tomorrow’s blog 🙂

 

Coming Up With Cake

4 Feb

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Still got the lurgi but managed a couple of hours out of the house this afternoon with my fellow artists to set up our group show in Swansea Grand’s Artswing, which opens this coming Friday from 7pm. I’ll be making some lush cakes for the event.

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Sylvie Evans, Graham Parker and yours truly form a small artist collective, 15 Hundred Lives, and we’re exhibiting with guest ceramicist, Heather Lithgow.

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I’m exhibiting a substantial amount of my large monotype nudes that I’ve been working on for the past couple of years. About half of them are in the show and it’s great to see them hanging in one place. Here’s some geeky stuff about how they’re made…..

If you’re in the Swansea area on Friday evening, please come and join us for a drink and some cake and art. The show runs for the following week as well.

Have a cake 😀

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Apple Pulp Cake and Eggbound to Gilgit

2 Oct

Spicy Apple Sultana Cake.

It’s been a great year for apples and apart from the glut on our own tiny trees, people have been generous and given us loads, mostly cooking apples. I’ve been trying to find different uses and recipes for them and yesterday Melvyn juiced half a carrier bag full and made us some sensational fresh apple and cucumber juice. It was gorgeous and just the thing for this brilliant Indian Summer we’re having.

One of the problems with a small domestic juicer is that there’s a lot of pulp. I know I could put it in the compost bin, but I hate the waste. I’ve developed a lovely carrot cake recipe with pulp, so today I experimented and made this spicy apple sultana cake. It’s quite puddingy as I used nearly a pound of apple pulp but it’s really nice served warm with cream. I drizzled some of our home-made elderflower syrup over the top as it came out of the oven to glaze it.

Ink drawing: Bisham, Pakistan.

The drawing is one I did in a tiny travel sketchbook on my trip around Pakistan back in 2007. I travelled with 8 Brits, 16 Danes and varying amounts of Pakistanis in a minibus throughout the plains and mountains and one night we stayed in a government hostel in Bisham. The next day we woke up to this amazing scene – mountains bigger than any I have ever seen and a beautiful valley studded with flowering trees. The only thing available for breakfast was eggs – in abundance – and we travelled onwards to Gilgit on the Karakoram Highway quite eggbound.

Cooking Celtic Cakes

28 Aug

Ink drawing: Tinker's Cakes on the griddle.

We have a glut of cooking apples this year and they’re a type that doesn’t store very well so I’m trying out as many apple recipes as I can find time to. Today I made Tinker’s Cakes, which are a variation on Welsh Cakes, a traditional Celtic dish, using apples and cinnamon instead of currants and nutmeg. The cakes are cooked on an iron ‘maen’ or ‘planc’ in Welsh, a griddle or bakestone in English. This is a very ancient way of cooking over a fire. Celtic cooking was done either in an iron cauldron, giving rise to one-pot dishes like Irish Stew, Lobscouse from Liverpool and Cawl, a Welsh lamb and vegetable soup, or a griddle. You can still buy cakes and breads cooked in this way from Swansea market and Scottish oatcakes, pikelets, crepes and pancakes are also part of this tradition.

We went for a run along the beach earlier so we were starving when we got back and I thought we deserved some nice Tinker’s Cakes hot off the maen, with some lovely Welsh farmhouse butter melting into them. We nommed the lot! I’ll have to do another run tomorrow to work off the calories!

I did a drawing of the cakes in my sketchbook while they were cooking. It’s in Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens, sizes S and F with shading by FCP again, only this time their set of ‘Shades of Grey’ brush pens.

Cooking Celtic Cakes

27 Aug

Ink drawing: Tinker's Cakes on the griddle.

 

We have a glut of cooking apples this year and they’re a type that doesn’t store very well so I’m trying out as many apple recipes as I can find time to. Today I made Tinker’s Cakes, which are a variation on Welsh Cakes, a traditional Celtic dish, using apples and cinnamon instead of currants and nutmeg. The cakes are cooked on an iron ‘maen’ or ‘planc’ in Welsh, a griddle or bakestone in English. This is a very ancient way of cooking over a fire. Celtic cooking was done either in an iron cauldron, giving rise to one-pot dishes like Irish Stew, Lobscouse from Liverpool and Cawl, a Welsh lamb and vegetable soup, or a griddle. You can still buy cakes and breads cooked in this way from Swansea market and Scottish oatcakes, pikelets, crepes and pancakes are also part of this tradition.

We went for a run along the beach earlier so we were starving when we got back and I thought we deserved some nice Tinker’s Cakes hot off the maen, with some lovely Welsh farmhouse butter melting into them. We nommed the lot! I’ll have to do another run tomorrow to work off the calories!

I did a drawing of the cakes in my sketchbook while they were cooking. It’s in Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens, sizes S and F with shading by FCP again, only this time their set of ‘Shades of Grey’ brush pens.

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