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Tidy Scran

17 Jul

Was a bit busy this morning doing some last minute stuff for this evening’s exhibition [below] so Husb and I went to the Continental Caff for our lunch. It’s what we round here call ‘tidy scran’ which means good, filling, unpretentious home cooking. It’s always full of people having a cooked dinner – traditional British food, nice roast meat, lots of vegetables and proper gravy. Behind Husb there was an elder gentleman tucking into his massive plateful. He had a patterned knitted jumper and he kept his cap on. That’s summerwear in Britain this year 😦

If you’re in the Swansea area, a lovely exhibition of miniature prints opens at Swansea Print Workshop tonight. Come and join us for wine, cake and art from 7pm this evening, exhibition is open daily until August 15th. It isn’t raining!!!!!!!!

Pies And Leftovers

15 Jul

So we’ve taken down our exhibition in Bath and arrived home, very tired but not much time to rest because next thing is hanging the ‘Leftovers II’ miniature print exhibition that’s come over from the USA, from Wingtip Press in Boise, Idaho. The show opens Tuesday evening at Swansea Print Workshop (7pm if you’re in the area and you’re very welcome) so we’ll be frantically hanging it over the next two days.

We had a lot of kindness shown to us in Bath; we received sponsorship from the local wine merchants and the furniture hire firm and because the gallery, an old mortuary chapel, doesn’t have a toilet, the staff at the ‘Made By Ben‘ pie cafe down the road let us use their facilities. Most welcome. And their home made pies are gorgeous too. Husb and I had a few hours doing the tourist bit on Friday and stopped off at the pie cafe for a spot of brunch. I did this drawing from the window at the back of the snug little tearoom into my A6 recycled, leather-bound sketchbook.

Hard Feet And The Best Curryhouse

11 May

It’s the end of a tiring week; I’ve had a very productive time in the studio and a good session at the life drawing group, but that means I’ve been on my feet continuously every day and I’m looking forward to some chilling-out time this weekend. We started this evening with a curry at our local first-best-curryhouse-in-the-world, The Vojon, which is just one letter away from the third-worst-poets-in-the-universe, The Vogon [you’ve got to be fans of Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy to get that one].

This is one of the life drawings I did last night. Sometimes when I’m faced with an intimidating expanse of pristine white paper, I just get  handful of pastels and SCRIBBLE ALL OVER IT! Then it’s not intimidating any more. You’ve got to show it who’s Boss. Then I drew over it with compressed charcoal. It was a great pose, I love foreshortening and I used a very free and expressive style with the linework, but her feet…….. oh dear, they were SO hard. I kept drawing them until we ran out of time and I’m still not happy. Sometimes with foreshortening, no matter how accurately you measure and draw some bits, they don’t look right in the drawing because they don’t look right anyway.

Now I’m going to watch The Big Bang Theory on catch-up TV. Goodnight 🙂

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