Tag Archives: Cardiff

The Airhead In A Spotted Knitted Coat

3 Feb

knitted coat

So when I go to a gig, I go to listen and enjoy and maybe have a bit of a dance (although a lot of people don’t think that headbanging is dancing) and I assume that other people are there for the same reason, so it really narks me when you get some airhead who thinks it’s okay to stand near the stage and talk, loudly and incessantly, through the set. It happened the other week when I was in Cardiff for the launch of Rufus Mufasa’s album , “Fur Coats From The Lion’s Den” and this airhead stood right in front of me and gabbled her way through a load of performances. Which isn’t just annoying but also really disrespectful to the performers who had put so much effort into their acts. Why couldn’t she go to the back? Or go to the toilets? Or just go? I thought about whacking her with my sketchbook but then I’D be the bad guy. I wasn’t going to draw her because that would be giving her some credibility so here’s an empty page dedicated to the empty airhead in the spotted knitted coat.

Please do check out Rufus Mufasa’s music on the video, she’s brilliant.

Drawing To A Rhythm

2 Feb

rapper

I was at the launch of Rufus Mufasa’s album in Cardiff and having a scribble when I found that I was making marks to the rapping. I often listen to rock music when I’m working but I’ve never noticed my drawing being affected. Mind you, there’s a bit of a difference between rap and prog rock!

 

Please check out Rufus’ album, she’s really something and if you like what you hear, please buy it. It’s hard to make a living as a creative.

On A Roll

25 Jan

 

poet

 

Sometimes I struggle to pull out my sketchbook and do a scribble every day, other times I’m on a roll, like I was the other night when Husb and I went to The Moon in Cardiff for an evening of rap, hip hop, beatbox, poetry and more at the launch of Rufus Mufasa‘s album, “Fur Coats From The Lion’s Den”. She is really an amazing poet and performer so please check out her album on YouTube and if you like what you hear, please buy a copy as it’s so hard for creatives to make a living.

 

I did a load of sketches that evening as people went up on stage and I got so absorbed in scribbling that I didn’t get the names of them all, so if anyone recognises this poet, please let me know. He’s got a great face.

Sketching And Stretching

23 Jan

2018 beatbox tangent

I was scribbling in the dark at a venue called The Moon in Cardiff last week at an evening of performers of words and music gathered there by Rufus Mufasa at the launch of her album. Of course I had to have a scribble….. Here’s Beatbox Tangent who was moving so fast that a lot of the drawing was done very quickly, focusing on generalisations rather than details. Working like this, the drawings often look a bit stretched. It’s hard to draw in the dark, but good practice.

 

 

The Hairiest Man

22 Jan

hairy man 1

 

Another drawing from the Cardiff gig last week, the launch of Rufus Mufasa’s album, “Fur Coats From The Lion’s Den”. This is Steve Andrews, possibly the hairiest man I’ve ever seen and also a fantastic musician.

hairy man 2

 

 

A Scribble In The Darkness

20 Jan

2018 jan the moon Cardiff

Husb and I were up in the ‘Diff (that’s Cardiff if you’re outside Wales) earlier this week for an evening of words and music the like of which I haven’t heard before. I’ve always been a metal-head, headbanging’s in my blood, but I loved the different styles of music I heard the other night. Rufus Mufasa has put together a great mix of performers to launch her album. Of course I had to have a scribble….. Here’s Beatbox Tangent (I think, I was so busy scribbling I kept forgetting to listen out for performer’s names) and someone in the audience listening. It’s hard to draw in the dark, but good discipline.

Check out Rufus’ album, “Fur Coats From The Lion’s Den“. If you like it please buy a copy as it’s so hard to make a living as a creative xxx

 

Fur Coats

Cover art on Rufus Mufasa’s album ” Fur Coats From The Lion’s Den”

 

I’m A Rock Chick But ……..

18 Jan

2018 jan crazy jack

Husb and I were out in Cardiff on Tuesday night, at The Moon venue, to see the awesome poet, Rufus Mufasa and her friends, a crazy crew of rappers, poets and musicians. Now I’m a headbanger and rock chick and I’m not usually in to any other sort of music but the hip hop and rapping scene in South Wales is amazing and I bought a non-rock / metal CD!!!! It’s Rufus’ album, “Fur Coats From The Lion’s Den”. It’s brilliant. Really brilliant. She’s immensely talented. You can hear it on YouTube but if you like it, please buy a copy because it’s so hard to make a living when you’re a creative.

 

 

Of course, I had a scribble. Craze The Jack is performing on the left and Jordan Da Cruz (I think) is leaning up against a wall on the right. It’s not easy scribbling in a very dark club, but it’s really good practice. And the rappers tend to jump around a lot so that’s good exercise too, capturing them in a few lines when they’re moving so much. I used a 6B graphite stick into my A5 lined notebook by Peter Pauper Press.

Hanging With Camille Claudel

11 Nov

Camille

I’m exhibiting at “The Uncredited Woman” at Llanover Hall in Cardiff CF5 1FH until December 8th. Here I am at the opening of the Women’s Arts Association annual show, with the work I submitted, a screenprint of the French sculptor Camille Claudel. I used the liquid stencil method to prepare the screen, working from one of my drawings of her. If you want to find out more about the process, please click here.

 

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madeinroath

7 Oct

With my fellow Plebeian Printmakers I’ll be making street prints at the madeinroath festival in Cardiff on Saturday October the 21st so if you’re about, please come and see us in action between 11.00 and 15.00.

The theme of this year’s festival is ‘When You Have More Than You Need, Build A Longer
Table, Not A Higher Fence’ and in keeping with this, we will take prints from manholes and metal covers from local roads and pavements, in a variety of colours, onto paper doilies and napkins that will be used as place settings on the “Longer Tables Street Party” on Plasnewydd Road throughout the day. Here’s a copy of the madeinroath brochure – there’s loads going on throughout the week.

Some of The Plebeian Printmakers – Melvyn Williams, Patricia McKenna-Jones, Hannah Lawson and Chris Harrendence. Kara Seaman will be joining us at madeinroath. And I’ll be there too….

 

The Plebeian Printmakers is a very visible group of artists experienced in working and interacting with the public and we give people the opportunity to talk as well as observe what we’re doing, encouraging them to immerse themselves in their surroundings, to slow down and appreciate what’s often overlooked in the built environment. We use non-toxic, washable materials so that people can join in and make their own print if they want.

We recently did some street printmaking in Swansea at the Troublemakers Festival and one of our members, Melvyn Williams, made this short film of us at it.

 

 

 

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A lot of my artwork is available on my Artfinder gallery.  If you’d like to have a look, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

Artes Mundi

12 Sep

Husb and I were at g39 in Cardiff this evening at the announcement of the Artes Mundi shortlist. This is an internationally focused arts organisation that “identifies, recognises and supports contemporary visual artists who engage with the human condition, social reality and lived experience.” It’s possibly best known for its biennial international Exhibition and Prize which awards a £40,000 prize to the winner.

Of course, I had a scribble…..

artes mundi

Then my pen ran out …..

 

A lot of my artwork is available on my Artfinder gallery.  If you’d like to have a look, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

Gors Fawr, near Mynachlog-ddu in the Preseli mountains, a lush green bog fringed with glowing hills.

 

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