Tag Archives: Cardiff

Walking In Their Footsteps

1 Sep

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Here’s the final drawing I did last Bank Holiday Monday, when I joined a group of women from across South Wales to remember the original women’s peace march that led to Greenham Common back in 1989. We set out from Swansea really early, then had speeches, songs and a short march around Alexandra Gardens in Cardiff; sidestepping the preparations for the Cardiff Pride event later that day. One of the original marchers, Ann Pettitt, spoke of her experiences, so interesting. Of course, I had to scribble her! I didn’t go on the original protest but I joined 30,000 others at the huge “Embrace The Base” event in 1982, where we all linked hands around the perimeter fence, I think it was about 9 miles.

 

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Then off to Chepstow for tea and Welsh Cakes in the Drill Hall and then recreating part of the march onto the old Severn Bridge on the M48. I’ve driven across that bridge many times through my life but never walked on it. There’s a very good pedestrian and cycle path and I was surprised by how many were walking it on a lovely day. Here’s a view of the new Severn Bridge from the old one with sheep walking across the land below the bridge.

 

Banners And Badges

29 Aug

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Here’s another drawing I did into my A4 hardbacked sketchbook on Bank Holiday Monday, during the celebration of the anniversary of the first women’s peace march to Greenham Common in 1981.  This is at the first part of the commemoration, at Alexandra Gardens in Cardiff, and there’s one of the protesters with her cap covered in vintage political badges peeping from behind one of the wonderful embroidered banners. Here’s my fellow artist from Swansea, Patricia McKenna Jones, who also loves to scribble in public and draws an artblog.

 

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I didn’t go on the original protest but I joined 30,000 others at the huge “Embrace The Base” event in 1982, when I was a young whippersnapper. I didn’t realise how many women were there because we were spread out along the perimeter fence, holding hands. We didn’t know at the time that this was historic, you don’t, do you? You just do what you think is right and then decades go by and suddenly you’re history! And how did those decades fly by so quickly?

 

Commemorating The Peace March

28 Aug

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Yesterday I went on a journey, leaving Swansea by coach at 8.30 am, heading to Cardiff to commemorate the start of the Women’s Peace March to Greenham Common, way back in 1981. Organised by Women’s Archive Wales, there were speeches and songs in Alexandra Gardens and we took a walk around the area with some of the gorgeous embroidered banners. Then back onto the coach to Chepstow, where we were greeted with tea and sandwiches and Welsh cakes ….. aaahhh ….. Welsh cakes …. and more speeches and talks from some of the women who had been on the original march and historians. Then we walked through some woods and emerged onto the old Severn Bridge, which was spectacular! More on that tomorrow ….

 

tinkers cakes

Here’s a drawing I did a while back of Welsh cakes cooking on the griddle….. mmmm …. Welsh cakes …. mmmm ….

 

 

 

The Airhead In A Spotted Knitted Coat

3 Feb

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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

 

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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

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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.

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A Scribble In The Darkness

20 Jan

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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

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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.

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