Tag Archives: elders

The Replacements

9 Sep


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.



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.


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.

Eyes And Patterns

25 Jan

Today’s Baby Boomer, a striking woman with huge eyes and some fabulous patterns. One of my series of 30 minute portrait sketches of my generation. I’m aiming to do a hundred – I’m about a quarter of the way through.

The Scarf

24 Jan

Another day, another Baby Boomer sketch, done in under 30 minutes, recording my generation. I used graphite sticks into an A5 spiralbound sketchbook. It’s nice to have something like a scarf to draw around the neck.


23 Jan

And another of my Baby Boomer portrait sketches, all done in under 30 minutes into an A5 spiral bound sketchbook, this one with graphite sticks. Spectacles are so difficult to do – if you don’t get them right, it throws all the other proportions out.

Talking ‘Bout My Generation

22 Jan

Checkland D

Continuing with my series of 30 minute sketches of baby boomers – my generation……..

Eyes Wide Shut

21 Jan

I’m going to post a series of my Baby Boomer drawings over the next few days. I’ve been doing quite a few lately. This model wanted to read during our 30 minutes together and it’s interesting for me because she’s the only person so far that hasn’t had their eyes wide open.

Velvet Loons

18 Jan


I’m inviting people to come down to The SPace on Swansea’s High Street to be drawn for my series of 30 minute drawings of Baby Boomers. I’m aiming to do 100 in all and I reached number 23 today. Eventually I’ll be using all 100 images in a large installation, still in the early planning stages, but for the time being I’m enjoying talking and drawing. An important part of the whole experience for me is the series of conversations I’m having, discussing the landmarks in our lives, the things that are iconic, the experiences we had. It’s odd that the Baby Boomers are now more or less the elder generation, it seems hardly any time ago we were partying in our velvet loons and platform boots back in the 1970s (and 1960s and 1980s).

The SPace is a temporary outreach pop-up gallery and studio from Swansea Print Workshop and Coastal Housing Group. It’s open Wednesdays to Saturdays, 11.30 – 5.00 until mid-February.

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