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The Final Cwtch

2 Nov

Tair Carn Uchaf

Another unseasonable warm and bright day, but glorious weather to say goodbye to artist Ann Jordan’s ‘Cwtch’, a giant woollen blanket and environmental installation. You can read more about this extraordinary piece here. It is in it’s final resting place, a circle of eroded peat bog up on the Black Mountain in the Brecon Beacons National Park in South Wales. A multi-generation group went up the mountain with Ann and some rangers from the national park and helped to stretch and lay it in place and then, after weighting the edge with local stones, we scattered a sackful of local heather seed over it. The blanket should provide a good environment for the seed to germinate and grow and stop the patch from further erosion.

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Of course, I took the opportunity to have a scribble. I’m looking west-ish here towards ‘Tair Carn Uchaf‘, the Welsh for The Three Upper Carns, ancient burial mounds in the distance and Carn Pen y Clogau on the right of the drawing. One of the park rangers described the area as a ‘Bronze Age Landscape Of The Dead’. That phrase brought up all sorts of images. I think I’ll be heading this way again, soon, to do some more drawing.

Cwtch And Pajamas

23 Nov


It’s cold, it’s been a long week and I’m cwtched in my pajamas on my comfy chair with Sparta Puss at my feet. I’m not going anywhere so I did a scribble of the cat. She’s looking like a bit of a bruiser at the moment, with her thick winter coat and winter weight gain. Quite chubby. She’s sleeping with her paws all cwtched together. She’s very cute when she’s asleep.

I drew with Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens sizes S and F into my A6 Tate sketchbook.

Puddings Together

3 Nov


It’s been horrible weather today. Winter has finally arrived; cold, wet, blowing a gale. Just the weather for making a steamed Golden Syrup sponge pudding with lashings of custard. It’s a pretty good survival strategy for a British November. Settled down for a bit of TV after the pud and the kittehs, Ming The Merciless and Sparta Puss, cwtched together on the footstool. It’s very unusual for them; they generally try to pretend the other doesn’t exist, but I think they must have been feeling the Winter chill too.  I did a quick scribble of them into my tablet Samsung Galaxy Note 8, with a free Markers app.

More Lazy Scribbles

28 Dec

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Lazing in bed this morning, before going out into the annual sales to buy next year’s birthday and Xmas presents (as I do because I’m an obsessive nutcase) I grabbed the Tablet and had a lazy scribble as Sparta Puss cwtched on the end of the bed. I don’t like it as much as conventional drawing materials but it’s certainly convenient. I used the free Magic Marker app on a Samsung Galaxy Tablet.

Cwtch And Smurfs

12 Sep

I went to a consultation event this evening about Swansea’s bid to be the UK City of Culture in 2017. There were some performances at the beginning and then we split up into groups to discuss various aspects of the bid. It’s very exciting and will be a huge deal if it comes here. I did a quick scribble of a singer who had an instrument I hadn’t seen before. I don’t know what it is. I found out that Swansea holds the world record for the most people dressed as Smurfs in one place. Now that’s culture for you.

Scruffy Kitteh

24 May

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It’s very cold this evening with a sharp easterly wind so Husb and I are cwtched at home in front of the telly with cats on laps. I’ve been colonised by little Ming the Merciless, who is easily one of the scruffiest cats ever born. She draws blood when we try to brush her so she stays scruffy. Here she is, on my lap, drawn with a Faber Castell Pitt, sepia size F pen into my pink silk A5 recycled sari sketchbook.

Scribbling Sparta

13 Oct

Haven’t done a scribble of Sparta Puss for a while, mainly because she’s so consistently naughty that we spend most of our time with her chasing the mice / rats / birds she brings in to rescue them and get them out of the house! But this evening she was in a very sweet mood and cwtched up next to me on the settee – where she was promptly scribbled!

Drawn with my Pilot Hi-Tecpoint V5 pen (size 0.5) into my purple silk recycled sari A5 sketchbook.

Central Heating Broke! But The Cats Are Alright!

11 Dec

Ink drawing: Ming the Cat and the remote control.

Disaster. Central heating malfunction. In the middle of winter. At the weekend. Freezing cold, pouring with rain. Had to go out to buy food, got soaked, couldn’t dry anything when we came home. We’ve battened down the hatches, drawn the heavy curtains, huddled in one room with an electric heater and filled some antique stoneware hot water bottles that we bought in a junk shop many moons ago. So with these and a load of blankets we’re managing to stay quite cosy until the gas engineer calls tomorrow.

The kitties are especially fond of the stoneware hot water bottles as they keep their heat throughout the night and radiate it through the duvet and blankets.  Their thick fur coats help too – no consolation for we hairless humans though. Here’s little Ming cwtched on a blankie watching the TV, guarding the remote control. She’s particularly fond of David Attenborough documentaries. Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens into an A6 spiral bound sketchbook.

Tomorrow there will be warmth!


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