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Drawing The Dark

13 Feb


Husb and I went for a stroll in the dark down to the beach. We’re lucky enough to live just a few minutes walk from Swansea Bay which would be idyllic if it didn’t rain for most of the year! But it’s a great place to nip out for some exercise. I took my A4 brown paper sketchbook and some conté crayons in sanguine, white and black. There’s more to see in the dark that you’d think. We stood on the promenade behind the sea wall and looked across the beach and sea to the inky horizon. The lamp post behind us threw some light and shadows across the pale sand and the edges of the waves and a couple of stars gleamed white in the darkness. I turned the black conté on its side to block in the sky and sea – it gives it a grainy texture. I picked out our shadows with a touch of sanguine and the black applied lightly.



I am putting my series of drawings of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you want to see more, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

St Elvis

Dark Expressions

21 Feb


There have been some very high tides for the last couple of days so Husb and I went down to the beach earlier this evening for a look. I took my little hand made Khadi paper sketchbook that I’d prepared with an Indian ink wash, rubbed on with a small natural sponge. I sat in the dark and captured an impression of the darkness and the rough sea with compressed charcoal that I used side on. When I got home I splashed some white ink onto it with a very stiff hog hair brush.

Drawing in the dark isn’t easy, I don’t think there’s any point in trying to do detailed drawings, it’s an ideal situation to just cut loose and get free and expressionistic.

My Dark Room

2 Sep


I went to bed a bit earlier to try and catch up with sleep after all the insomnia I’ve had recently, then remembered that I hadn’t done a drawing. So I scribbled the corner of my darkened bedroom on my Samsung Galaxy Tablet Note 8 using the free Markers app.

Good night ☺

Drawing Night

8 Jun


Drawing at night isn’t too bad in the city centre, because of illumination from street and shop lighting. But on the beach, Swansea Bay, unless there’s a clear moon, there’s very little light and no clear landmarks. So drawing a deserted night scene is about interpreting the different elements of the darkness with varied materials and marks.

I used white compressed charcoal, willow charcoal and carbon into a Khadi sketchbook that I’d prepared with an Indian ink wash.

My drawing blog: Black Dogs After Midnight

29 Jul


A weird thing happened after Husb and I visited some friends the other night.  As we drove home in the dark,  three large black dogs suddenly loomed on the road in front of the car. Husb managed to brake in time and the dogs disappeared as quickly as they had appeared. It was a shock! It’s rare to see a dog out on its own these days, let alone three. They were big and looked well cared for. We both immediately thought of the Hounds of the Baskervilles.

I don’t usually draw dogs or night time scenes so I’ve been playing with mark-making to try to convey the darkness and suddeness of the incident. I’ve used a solid graphite pencil, 8B, for most of it, with a touch of vermillion ink. The dogs’ eyes looked orangey in the street lights.

It was over suddenly, we have no idea what happened to them or why they were roaming at that late hour.

Deep And Dark (nude figures)

23 Feb

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I spent a happy few hours today at a local housing project for teenagers, working with some of the residents and a group of artists who draw on a ‘Big Draw’ day. We crawled around on the floor, scribbling on HUGE rolls of paper. It was lovely to see the different styles emerge. I normally work from life but today I didn’t take any preparatory drawings with me and worked from my imagination instead. Which is a bit disturbing because look what I came up with! And no, it’s not the bright colourful one with the toadstools, it’s the dark, visceral one at the other end.

I’ve had an idea bouncing around in my head for a few years now. It’s based on the legend of Lilith, the first wife of Adam. This creation story says that Adam and Lilith were both created from clay and I’ve struggled with a way of showing how flesh, blood and bone might emerge from mud, trying to get a grasp on the reality of creatures gestating and birthing in such a way. It wouldn’t be nice. So today I got into ‘the zone’ and let my imagination run riot. It’s  a start, I feel like I’m getting somewhere with it and I’m going to continue to develop this idea. It’s very bleak and some people might be disturbed by the imagery, but it’s what’s coming out of me at the moment so I’ll go along with it and see where it leads.

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