Tag Archives: Commensalis

Bath Building

6 Jun


I spent a couple of days in Bath earlier this week, invigilating at the Commensalis group show at the Octagon, part of Fringe Arts Bath. It’s a long day so I entertained myself by drawing on my Galaxy Tablet Note 8. The Octagon is a beautiful old chapel. I don’t generally draw buildings, I’m much more familiar with anatomy, but it’s nice to have a change.

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I use a lot of continuous line drawing technique when I am drawing buildings.

More Mini Monos

5 Jun
mini monotypes of hares and badgers

mini monotypes of hares and badgers

After two days in Bath at Fringe Arts Bath with the Commensalis group, I came home and did a day of making monotypes at Creative Bubble with the 15 Hundred Lives art collective. I was there on Monday doing more of the same. Today I used some drawings of a hare and badger from my little spotted sketchbook. I’m using different papers – acid-free tissue, Saunders and cartridge. Each gives a different line quality. I like them all, can’t choose a favourite. This weekend, I’m going to have a lie-in. If the cats let me. Which they won’t.



Caffeine And Pasties

4 Jun


I’ve just got back from 2 days in Bath, invigilating the group show I’m in with the Commensalis collective at The Octagon on Milsom Street, which is venue number 8 at Fringe Arts Bath. We’re sharing the gallery with another group and I drew one of the artworks, a felt sculpture by Mazy Bartlett. It’s beautifully made, colourful and witty. The number of visitors has been pretty good, averaging a hundred a day. The shifts were pretty long but I got through with plenty of coffee, Diet Coke and pasties. 4 pasties in 2 days. I’m pastied out!

Drawn with my Samsung Galaxy Tablet Note 8 using the free Markers app.

Rain, Rest And A Little Darling

24 May


Last night was the opening of the Commensalis group show at The Octagon in Fringe Arts Bath. Husb and I went up for the opening night and took in some of the other venues as well – more than 40 shows in 15 venues until June the 8th and all for free! The traffic back was terrible and we didn’t get home until well past midnight. I’ve never seen so many cars coming over the Severn Bridge. It’s good that so many people are coming to Wales for the holiday weekend, but look at the awful weather they’ve come to. Mind you, it’s just as bad in England – typical British Bank Holiday weather.

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So Husb and I have had a quiet day. I’ve been working flat out since I came back from my residency in Pakistan, and I worked flat out while I was there, so today was a little lazy break. But drawing practice must go on. So I turned to The Fox Project on Facebook again and scribbled this little darling. He’s called Ben. He still has some of the fuzzy black baby fur on his face, with the typical ginger fur starting to show.


12 May

12 degenerates

I’m working on a new drawing installation for a Commensalis group show at Fringe Arts Bath opening on May the 23rd. It’s based on the concept of ‘Degenerate Art’ which the Nazis used to discredit many artists in the early 20th century. This work portrays artists whose political views, subject matter and/or techniques would be criticised as degenerate by the Nazis now. Although I am using some paint, I still consider these to be drawings because I am slapping a bit of acrylic colour on with my fingers and bits of rag, to colour in the larger areas. The detail is being drawn with charcoal and oil bars.

Sisters In The Graveyard

14 Jul

14 sisters

Another hot and tiring day. Went up to Bath again to take down the Commensalis exhibition. That week just flew by. We had a ‘closing’ for the show, afternoon tea with lashings of tea and home made Victoria Sandwich. It was very busy but I had a few minutes for a quick sketch and drew these two young sisters dozing in the sun amongst the gravestones.


The Graveyard Shift

9 Jul

09 sunbathing

Just got back from 2 days in Bath, setting up, opening and invigilating our group exhibition, Commensalis. It’s in a very old mortuary chapel, set in a sloping graveyard. We set up pretty quickly and Husb and I drifted off into the graveyard to have a rest. Here he is, sunbathing. Can you believe it?! Sunbathing. In a British Summer. It must be the end of days 😉

Tomorrow I’ll post some pictures of the opening, but now I’m off to bed…..

Art Here!

4 Jul

I’m in a group exhibition in Bath next week (Commensalis) and we needed a banner so I painted one. Here it is. Does what it says on the tin.

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Then, I went with Husb and Maminlaw to Ikea, I love that place. Bought lots of frames and some smoked salmon. On the way back I scribbled this in the car.

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It’s not particularly interesting but it’s important (I think) to try and draw every day, so I make use of what’s in front of me. And then I started to blog and THIS happened!

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Honestly!!!! The things I have to put up with! Now I’m going to watch Rolling Stones at Glastonbury on BBC iPlayer. Toodles 🙂

Renaissance In Bath

3 Jul

Rose Davies drawing Rose Davies etching

Next week I’m exhibiting some work in Bath with an artist collective, Commensalis. I’m showing a group of drawings and photopolymer plate etchings based on the concept of Rinascere, which is an Italian word meaning ‘to be reborn’ or ‘to revive’. I chose it because I have been deliberately working with Renaissance techniques and materials for some time and the word ‘rinascere’ is the root of the word ‘renaissance’. I also identified with it’s meaning ‘to revive’ in the light of the current art trends which have moved away from traditional skills such as drawing and etching. I’m using those traditional techniques in my drawings and then adapting the drawings, done from life (as Renaissance artists did), into intaglio prints.


So if you fancy a day trip to beautiful Bath next week, we’re opening with a party on Monday evening and there will be an artist-in-residence each day demonstrating our techniques. On the final Sunday, from 3-4, there’s tea with the artists with lashings of tea, scones and Victoria Sandwich. The Walcot Mortuary Chapel dates from the 1790s and it’s along Walcot Road, about 10 minutes walk from the railway station. It’s in the artisan area, with very old architecture and loads of antique shops, building salvage yards, vintage clothes and foodie places. It’s gert lush and a nice day out.


Feathery Fidgety Fellows

22 Apr


I’m part of an artist collective called Commensalis that aims to organise pop-up exhibitions in quirky places to get our work seen by a good cross-section of people, not only dedicated artanistas. We’ve found a geat mortuary chapel in Bath, UK and we’re busy raising some money through crowd-funding to cover the costs of putting on an artshow as we don’t get any public funding.


It’s the first time we’ve tried this and it’s certainly a learning experience. It works by inviting people to become sponsors and in return they can choose a ‘reward’. We’re 3 weeks in and we’ve raised just over 40% of our target, which is really good, but it’s slowed down a bit over the past few days so we’re taking some of the rewards off the site and putting new ones up.


These are some tiny drawings I did a while back just after Woolworth’s Stores closed. I used to sit in Waterstones cafe opposite our local Woollies and sketch pigeons that quickly colonised the lettering on the building’s facade. Once the store had closed permanently, the signage was no longer illuminated so it was cool enough for the pigeons to sit on. They fidget all the time so it wasn’t easy to draw them!


They’re original drawings in pen onto Cotman watercolour paper, mounted onto Fabriano that I coloured randomly with a metallic acrylic medium. The overall size is approximately 15 cms square and they’re ready for framing. They’re available as rewards from our Commensalis crowdfunding site if you fancy giving one of the little fellows a home 🙂

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