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A Fleeting Moment

16 Aug

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Our facial expressions are generally made up of continuous movements and a photograph captures just one fleeting moment amongst many. So when you base a drawing on a photograph, the image might look a bit odd, or not like the person normally looks. I’m pushing this by taking photos of people with their heads thrown back, up their noses, but this one has a great big laugh to draw as well.

I d took the digital photo on my phone and then I drew from it, using a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 using a free Markers app. I laid down a beige ground and worked on top. I mislaid the stylus half way through and had to continue with my fingers, which made it quite spotty.

Cockle Shells And A Labyrinth

15 Aug

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Thirty one years ago I was working on a local environmental programme, The Rosehill Quarry Project, a community-led scheme to clear and renovate an old quarry near the city centre and turn it into a nature reserve and leisure area for local people. One of the things we did was to work with Welsh prehistorian, Dewi Bowen, to cut a Cretan labyrinth into the turf and line it with cockle shells, a local resource from the Gower Peninsula cockle industry. Over the years, people have gathered to maintain the labyrinth and there was a work group just a week or so ago.

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The labyrinth after last week’s renovation. Photograph by Martin Slucutt.

 

I did the drawing above onto newspaper with pastels, charcoal and chalk, from the first viewing point on the path up to Pantycelyn Road.

 

 

A Group Together

13 Aug

 

I ran a two-day teaching session in full-colour monotype at Swansea Print Workshop this weekend. I enjoy working with other artists who want to learn a new technique, they’re so motivated and they don’t baulk at cleaning up. Although everyone was doing the same process, there is a huge diversity of style and content.

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Different Techniques

12 Aug

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Sometimes I like to take images through into different techniques. I’ve recently been doing digital drawings from digital photographs I took up people’s noses and from one of those drawings I’ve done a monotype over this weekend.

So, from a digital photograph to a digital drawing to a full-colour monotype. What next? Shall I try a painting? Or a woodcut? Hmmmmm….

For more information on how to do this particular technique, please see the Techie Stuff section of my blog here.

 

 

Smiley Lips

11 Aug

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It’s getting hard to find new titles for my “Up Yer Nose” series of digital drawings. This is my eighth volunteer who was snapped at the opening of an art exhibition a couple of weeks ago. My style is evolving; the first I did was much more like a conventional drawing but they’ve quickly developed into multi-layered digital paintings, and so much less messy than using real paint, which I don’t have much patience with.

 

A Big Ginger Pollock

10 Aug

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Back to the ‘up-yer-nose’ digital drawings and here’s someone with a great big ginger beard. Magnificent. The chickens are part of the wallpaper. They don’t live on his head. I drew onto my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 with a free Markers app, laying on a beige ground to start with then building up layers of colour and texture with a stylus and my finger, the stylus gives a much firmer, more defined line. I did a lot of the texture in his beard with my left hand (I’m right handed) which gave much more wobbly, quirky lines, a bit like a Jackson Pollock. Sparta Puss was rubbing her face against my right hand because she wanted to be smoothed. So what can you do?

 

 

 

The Birthday Girl

8 Aug

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This evening we celebrated the birthday of a young relative. It was lovely. She volunteered to pose for one of my ‘up-your-nose’ digital drawings. Times like this remind me that, once basic needs are covered, the most important things in life are family and friends. Not fancy schmancy houses or luxury cars, but the people you care for and who care for you. The other thing I realised this evening is how pink so many of my family are. All shades of pink. Like Barbie.

Husb made her a chocolate cake.

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To Stand And Stare…..

7 Aug

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I’m having fun doing digital drawings of people with their heads thrown back; today a sunny little one, another ginger, who was gazing at clouds. Ah, I remember doing that when I was little. It brings to mind the poem “Leisure” by Welsh poet W. H. Davies …..

 

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.
No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

 

 

Having Fun

6 Aug

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Only last week I was complaining about how I’d hit a creative block and how miserable I was with making art. Over the last few days I’ve been having loads of fun, doing digital drawings of people with their heads thrown back. It isn’t a flattering pose but it’s great practise drawing pretty extreme foreshortening and I’m enjoying it immensely. Here’s a spectacular ginger! All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, eh? I’m using my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet with a free Markers app.

 

In My Comfort Zone

4 Aug

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I’m hooked now on these foreshortened views of people with their heads thrown back Husb and I went to the new art shows throughout the city today and I asked people if they’d pose for a photo with their heads thrown back and I got seven victims – er I mean volunteers! It’s been fun drawing this beard, loads and loads of scribbles, totally in my comfort zone 😀

There’s so much arty stuff happening in Swansea this month, Joy Revision at Galerie Simpson, Meridian at Volcano, Everything Now at 211, High Street, The BEEP Painting Biennale at Dynefor, and loads more.

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