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Visiting Joe Bach

19 Jun

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We have a friend visiting so we were out and about most of the day, taking in some galleries and museums. I think the best was the show of Josef Herman drawings and paintings at Swansea Museum. He was known affectionately as Joe Bach during his years in Wales and he spent much of his art career recording the ordinary people around him and I guess that’s what I do with my sketchbooks most of the time. We went to a local curry house later where I quickly scribbled these two sketches.


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Hungry Scribbles

18 Dec


It was the life drawing group’s annual Xmas curry last night at the excellent Vojon curry house. I had a Handi Lamb Polongwala with a Gobi Aloo – no rice or naan as I’m cutting back on refined carbs for a little while. I was still stuffed until lunchtime, a very late lunch too. Because there was a large group of us, we had to wait a while for our food, they cook everything fresh, so I did some quick scribbles to take my mind off the hunger pangs. The food was well worth waiting for though.

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I used a Faber Castell Pitt drawing pen into my little Peter Pauper Press ‘Cat’s Meow Journal’. It’s a very sweet sketchbook, i really like it. Sparta Puss doesn’t seem too impressed though. She’s studiously ignoring it.

Curry House Quickie

27 Apr



Went out for a belated birthday curry with some of my lovely family this evening, an eat-as-much-as-you-like buffet mmmmmmmnomnomnom. They had a particularly good sag aloo. Of course, I did a quick scribble into my A5 hardbacked sketchbook with my Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens.

Curry and Sketching

13 Oct


We had two young relatives visiting this evening so we took them for a curry at the local curry house, The Vojon. Fantastic food there. Had a Handi Lamb Polongwala and garlic rice. mmmmmmm. I did some quick sketching of people nearby in my little A6 spotty sketchbook with a Faber Castell Pitt drawing pen, size S. I forgot to take my glasses so I didn’t get to see the sketch properly until I got home.

Up A Ladder

20 Sep


I’m a member of an artist collective, 15 Hundred Lives and we have been running a monthly public art event at the Creative Bubble artspace in Swansea, we take the space for two days a month to work together as a group – a painter, a collagist and a printmaker / scribbler. I’ve been working on a series of very large drawings that will eventually form an installation. Here I am up a ladder.


My technique is evolving as I work on each drawing but that means they’re taking longer. The first two took a couple of days each but this one is still less than half done after 2 days, but that’s OK. It will take as long as it takes. Drawn on Fabriano Accademica paper 240 gsm using compressed charcoal and graphite block. Two days working on a large drawing means sore feet and aching shoulders, so I went for a curry this evening, to our favourite curry house, The Vojon, for a Handi Lamb Polongwala and sag rice. Sublime.

Another Curry Quickie

10 Sep


Here’s another quick sketch I did the other evening at our local curry house, the incomparable Vojon. Sketching in public forces you to be quick and it also forces you to zone in on the essential details, which is really good practice. Drawn with a Faber Castell Pitt drawing pen, size S into my little A6 spotty sketchbook.

Quickie In The Curry House

8 Sep


A young relative did well in her recent G.C.S.Es and deserved a curry, so we went to our favourite curry house, the most excellent Vojon, and after took a spin to Mumbles for an ice cream. I managed a quick sketch in the Vojon, in between mouthfuls of Handi lamb Polongwala.

Heads And Curry

2 Aug


Went to our local curry house this evening, the incomparable Vojon. I’ve been practicing gesture drawings of heads this week, keeping to a 3 minute time limit, but working from photos. This evening, I did some sketching at the curry house. It isn’t as easy or as quick to work from real life as people fidget and you can get close up to photos.


The first chap was covered in tribal tattoos. The couple were totally focused on eating their curry. I used a Faber Castell Pitt drawing pen size S into my little spotty A6 sketchbook.

Big Appetites

10 May


Just been for a Handi Polongwala to our local curry house, The Vojon and I scribbled this group of men at a nearby table. Big men, big appetites. Drawn into my little A6 sketchbook with a Faber Castell Pitt drawing pen size S.

Arty Farty Party People

8 Mar

Husb and I have been invited to a party tonight. We don’t usually go to parties (we’re old gits) but this is a come-as-your-favourite-artist/painting-party and it also has curry! No brainer! The painting I’ve chosen isn’t my favourite although I have a sneaky admiration for its kitchness. I thought that if I took the brief literally and went as a visceral Egon Schiele nude, I might get arrested. Plus it’s still cold in the evenings. Plus I’m not skinny! So I chose Tretchikoff’s Chinese Girl, sometimes called The Green Lady. It’s actually a much more complex painting than I’d realised and the artist has great skill, even if the result is a bit kitch.


Husb has done a minimalist take on Salvador Dali. I think he looks scary. I think I look like Hitler in Hallowe’en drag. Never mind, the masks’ll come off as soon as the curry is served. nomnomnom 😀


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