Tag Archives: elders

Simple And Symmetrical

19 Nov

Here’s one of the 30 minute poses I drew at life drawing last night. I really love this one, it’s all simple shapes and very symmetrical. I drew with conte crayons in black and sanguine onto some heavy paper that I had used for a monotype, but I didn’t like the way it turned out. So waste not, want not. I really like the effect.

Tonight’s the Big Night! It’s finally Children In Need night. My lovely nephew (in the middle) along with these other wonderful young people have benefitted from the Children In Need charity and now they’re giving something back. They’re the Surprise Squad (more about them here) and maybe you’ve been following their adventures on BBC1s “The One Show“ over the past couple of weeks. I know that times are hard, but if you can spare a quid or two, please consider donating to Children In Need (here). They really do make a difference to young lives. Thank you xxx

Just Back From Life Drawing

18 Nov

Just back from life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop this evening, here are the first two quick poses, to get warmed up. Off to bed now. Goodnight. Hwyl Fawr 🙂

My lovely nephew (in the middle) along with these other wonderful young people have benefitted from the Children In Need charity and now they’re giving something back. They’re the Surprise Squad (more about them here) and you can follow their adventures on BBC1s “The One Show“, every evening until 18th November. I know that times are hard, but if you can spare a quid or two, please consider donating to Children In Need (here). They really do make a difference to young lives. Thank you xxx

Difficult Hands!

16 Nov

Here’s the last drawing from last week’s life drawing session at Swansea Print Workshop. I decided to focus in close on details and I used a ballpoint pen and work fairly small, size A3 paper. The hands were really difficult!

My lovely nephew (in the middle) along with these other wonderful young people have benefitted from the Children In Need charity and now they’re giving something back. They’re the Surprise Squad (more about them here) and you can follow their adventures on BBC1s “The One Show“, every evening until 18th November. I know that times are hard, but if you can spare a quid or two, please consider donating to Children In Need (here). They really do make a difference to young lives. Thank you xxx

Making It Fit. Or Not!

12 Nov

Here’s a longer pose from last night’s life drawing session – 30 minutes. It’s good to do the quick warm-ups first and then go into something more leisurely. Our model, an elder, is very experienced and creates interesting poses. This one was lovely to draw but there was no way I could fit him all onto the paper!

My lovely nephew (in the middle) along with these other wonderful young people have benefitted from the Children In Need charity and now they’re giving something back. They’re the Surprise Squad (more about them here) and you can follow their adventures on BBC1s “The One Show“, every evening until 18th November. I know that times are hard, but if you can spare a quid or two, please consider donating to Children In Need (here). They really do make a difference to young lives. Thank you xxx

I Like Dribbles

10 May

I had some vintage paper prepared with my home-made walnut ink knocking around in my folder the other night at life drawing so I used it for a portrait study of our model. I prepare the paper by wetting a very large piece of Fabriano 200gsm and stretching it onto a board. When it’s dry I give it a couple of coats of acrylic gesso, then I have a go with my walnut ink, using different strengths of washes and different brushes. I particularly love the dribbles and I’ve tried to merge them into the drawing here. I used white, sanguine and black conte crayon to draw with.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left and to see the complete image.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

2 x 30 In Walnut Ink

9 May

Life drawing sessions restarted at Swansea Print Workshop this week, it was great to be back. I’ve been working with this elder male model for years, I really appreciate his professionalism. I did two 30-minute poses on the same piece of vintage paper with walnut ink, and put in some highlights at the end with white conte crayon.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left and to see the complete image.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

The Replacements

9 Sep

williams-marie

And another lovely Baby Boomer, willing to sit for a thirty minute portrait sketch. It’s not easy to sit still and silent and have someone staring hard at you but it’s so interesting for me to be spending this time sketching and drawing. This is turning into so much more than a drawing project. I’m getting such insight into our collective experience as we’re morphing into elders. It’s weird, because it doesn’t seem that long ago we were starting our journey into adulthood, guided by, and rebelling against, our elders …. and now we’re replacing them.

 

Tea with me at The Workers Gallery – a chance to see my new solo show with lashings of tea and homemade cakes – bara brith, elderflower and lemon sponge, orange polenta gluten free cake, Victoria Sandwich, parmesan biscuits – and art in the gorgeous Cynon Valley.

Invitation

 

The Listener

31 Jul

leather cat storytelling

Here’s the final sketches I did at Friday night’s storytelling at Tapestri. I watched this elderly man as he listened intently to the teller …. and of course I had to scribble him! With these little sketchbook scribbles, I find that I generally don’t have to concentrate too hard so I can listen to music and stories as I work without missing too much.

 

I have been travelling across South Wales with Rhondda-born archaeologist Dewi Bowen and Swansea film maker Melvyn Williams, hunting the wild megalith, accompanied by my portable drawing board, portfolio of Fabriano paper and a bag full of assorted artist’s materials.  Dewi is researching his latest book on Neolithic monuments and Melvyn is making a documentary film of our literary and artistic adventures.

If you want to know more about my solo show in The Worker’s Gallery in the Rhondda Valley in September, please click here.

And if you want to see some of my other artwork, please click on the image below.

Quoit

The Life Model (Female Nude)

29 Apr

Life model April 2016

Just back from life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop and we had an older female model this evening. I really enjoy drawing older people, bodies and faces are so interesting, lived in, expressive. It was pretty full tonight, with a wide age range of scribblers, from early 20s to 70s, great to be able to do something intergenerational. I used conté crayon on these two drawings in white, sanguine and black into a large (A2) brown paper sketchbook. The first was about 15 minutes and the portrait about 40 minutes.

I will be running courses in printmaking techniques at Swansea Print Workshop in coming months, please click here if you want to find out more. If you want to see some of my other artworks, please click here. Thank you 😀

Tit For Tat

26 Jan

At last, one of my Baby Boomer ‘victims’ who drew me right back! A lot of the people sitting for this series of 30 minute portraits are fellow artists and this one scribbled me while I scribbled him. Tit for tat.

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