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Violent When Brushed

10 Jul

 

I did a quick scribble this evening into my tiny A7 size sketchbook with a biro (ballpoint) pen. It’s been a busy day; I went to Cardiff on the bus for two meetings with fellow artists, planning arty collaborations, and then I got travel sick on the way home. Not nice. So I’ve only just felt like having a scribble. Here she is, the scruffiest of cats, Ming The Merciless showing her best side. She’s brushed every night, despite being seriously violent, but she is always a total scruff. Bit like me really. Although I’m not violent when I’m brushed. Well, not often.

 

For a limited period I am putting a new drawing from my recent sketch books on my Artfinder gallery every day.  If you’d like to check them out, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

 

 

Little Hairy Poser

28 Jun

 

Just time for a quick scribble in my sketchbook this evening. This is Ming the Merciless, our little hairy cat. She’s sixteen now and sleeps even more than cats normally do, which makes sketching much easier. Mind you, I’ve never met a cat yet that didn’t like to be drawn, they’re such a bunch of posers.

 

 

For a limited period I am putting a new drawing of an ancient monument on my Artfinder gallery every day.  If you’d like to check them out, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

 

 

 

Lending A Paw

20 Nov

Sometimes, when I’m scribbling away, I have a little furry helper. Quite often in fact. Her name is Sparta Puss. I am her trained monkey.

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I have work featured in two exhibitions at the moment – in The Workers Gallery in The Rhondda Valley and at Llanover Hall in Cardiff, both lovely venues and worth a look-in if you’re in the area.

 

 

It’s #Caturday!

10 Sep

Caturday, an Internet phenomenon. Like cats. I read a theory a while ago about why the Internet has been taken over by cats. It reckoned that dog owners have always had a chance to meet other doggy types because they walk their dogs and take them to training schools and there are dog clubs and networks in the real world. Well, as anyone who shares their lives with cats knows, walking and training the cat is just laughable. Okay, there are a few people who persevere and manage to do both, but you still don’t generally bump into people walking their cats, because the streets are full of people walking their dogs and that usually doesn’t go down too well with cats.

So when the Internet came along, we cat people could come out of our real-world isolation and share cat pictures, stories, cute kitty merchandise and the Internet phenomenon was born. And continues unabated.

Here’s mine.

"Get Off Those Curtains #1"

“Get Off Those Curtains #1”

Sparta. A woodcut. You can get this on Artfinder if you like.

Up The Workers (with added cat)!

24 Feb

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I have a permanent exhibition at The Workers Gallery in Ynyshir where I am one of the gallery artists. Started by Gayle Rogers and Chris Williams just over a year ago, The Workers has developed into a major cultural force in The Rhondda Valley. Originally the village library, Gayle and Chris took it over after it was closed down due to massive government cutbacks that have blighted so many deprived areas.

The stages of a block print: cutting, inking first colour, inking second colour, final print

The stages of a block print: cutting, inking colour 1, inking colour 2, final print

As well as a warm and welcoming place to visit, The Workers provides studio and workshop space for artists Gayle and Chris, has a main gallery space hosting an excellent programme of contemporary art, and another exhibition space for its gallery artists. At the moment, I am exhibiting a suite of eight block prints, inspired by a visit to Berlin’s Holocaust Memorial in the snow a few winters ago. There will be a major new exhibition of work by the gallery artists opening in mid-March – more news on that to come.

Printing the first colour on the antique Columbian Press at Swansea Print Workshop

Printing the first colour on the antique Columbian Press at Swansea Print Workshop

I’ve used vinyl ‘soft cut’ blocks from Intaglio Printmaker in London and their litho / relief ink. The prints are two-colour reduction relief prints: I cut away the areas to be left white and printed a mid grey, then cut away the areas to be left grey and printed black. This is often called the ‘suicide’ method by printmakers because it destroys the block and there’s no turning back!

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Here’s my cat, Sparta Puss, ‘helping’ with the cutting. A dangerous business, she has no concept of ‘Elfin Safety!

Let Sleeping Cats Lie: 2

11 Nov

My Chair

It’s my chair. Mine. You’d never know it!

Sparta Puss won’t give me my chair back!

Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens into an A6 sketchbook.

Let Sleeping Cats Lie

3 Nov

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Says it all, really 😀

Sparta Puss in my A5 lined cat sketchbook, The Cat’s Meow Journal, by Peter Pauper Press using Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens, sizes S and B.

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.

End Of The Day

12 Feb

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Another long day with little time to draw but the cat, Ming the Merciless is dozing at my feet so it’s another quick cat sketch from me. It’s good practice to draw another species, getting to grips with different anatomy.

This is a digital sketch on my Samsung Galaxy Tablet Note 8 using the free Markers app. I put an opaque white ground on to start and then built up the drawing in layers of scribbles.

Another One Of Those Days

8 Dec

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Today has been one of those hectic days with loads of things to do and here I am at the end of the day with no drawing done, so it’ll have to be a quickie of the cat again. Sparta Puss looked up from her sleep just long enough for me to capture her expression with my Samsung Galaxy Tablet Note 8 using the free Markers app.

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