Tag Archives: Fringe Arts Bath

The Hat And The Fox

1 Jun

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Here’s the final pair of drawings I made during Fringe Arts Bath last Saturday. Working with an ad hoc group of artists, The Plebeian Scribblers, we did some sessions of performance drawing in the street during A FAB Intervention, curated by Melanie Ezra and Tim Kelly. The drawing on the left features the hat of fellow Plebeian Scribbler, Melvyn Williams and on the right, the back of Lynne Bebb‘s head wearing a bespoke needle-felted fox mask by Ann Lucas. I prepared my A3 bound sketchbook with brown parcel wrapping paper, stuck in with Pritt stick glue and drew with conté crayons in black, sanguine and white with fine line work in Faber Castell Pitt drawing pen, size S.

 

I’m currently working on a series of expressive drawings of ancestral stones and if you want to see some of my other artworks, please click here.

 

Middle Aged Legs

31 May

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Out with The Plebeian Scribblers at Fringe Arts Bath on Saturday, the four of use did a choreographed drawing performance. Well, simply choreographed. We turned and faced a different direction every 7.5 minutes, turning 90 degrees each time and drawing what was in front of us. After the complete 360 degrees we went back to HQ in the basement of the 44AD Gallery to recover a bit before the next round. It was pretty hot and very crowded and standing for half an hour at a time on the pavement was a bit heavy on middle aged legs.

A FAB Intervention was organised and curated by Swansea artists Melanie Ezraand Tim Kelly.

I’m currently working on a series of expressive drawings of ancestral sites and if you want to see some of my other artworks, please click here.

 

Fox In The Street.

30 May

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I spent last Saturday drawing in the street at A FAB Intervention, a public art event in Fringe Arts Bath. I am part of an ad hoc group called The Plebeian Scribblers and four of us drew in unison in the centre of Bath, giving passers by the opportunity to see artists in action. I did 8 drawings in all, here are the third and fourth, a generic street scene and a close up of fellow Plebeian Scribbler, Patricia McKenna-Jones, who happened to be wearing a fox mask by Swansea artist Ann Lucas. I prepared my sketchbook in advance by pasting in pieces of brown wrapping paper. We stuck to a very strict timescale, changing position every 7.5 minutes so each drawing was done quickly which forced me to focus on the absolute essentials of the subject. It’s good practice for not getting too precious about your work.

A FAB Intervention was organised and curated by Swansea artists Melanie Ezra and Tim Kelly.

I’m currently working on a series of expressive drawings of ancestral sites and if you want to see some of my other artworks, please click here.

 

Hot Public Scribbling

29 May
Drawing at Fringe Arts Bath

Drawing at Fringe Arts Bath

This is the fourth year that I have been involved in the fabulous Fringe Arts Bath, a crazy, anarchic festival of visual and performing arts, taking place all over Bath’s city centre, in empty shops, old mortuary chapels and the street. Last year and this year I was one quarter of a four part combo of artists who draw, The Plebeian Scribblers. We were part of a public access art event, A FAB Intervention, featuring 20 artists and organised by Melanie Ezra and Tim Kelly from the Swansea artscene.

It was hot but not as hot as last year and we found some shade to stand and draw. I drew into my A3 bound sketchbook that I had prepared by sticking ripped pieces of brown wrapping paper into it with Pritt stick glue and I drew with conté crayons in black and sanguine along with some white chalk and a Faber Castell Pitt drawing pen, size S.

The drawing on the left is a reflection in a large shop window, difficult to draw, to decide what to focus on; what’s important to the drawing because there’s so much going on. More drawings tomorrow……

 

I’m currently working on a series of expressive drawings of ancestral sites and if you want to see some of my other artworks, please click here.

Scribbling A Shaman

28 May

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Not long back from drawing with The Plebeian Scribblers at Fringe Arts Bath (FAB). It’s been a beautiful day but very hard work with lots of travelling so I’m going to catch an early night – more about FAB tomorrow 🙂 I drew this shamanic figure into my A3 bound sketchbook with chalk and black and sanguine conte crayons, I prepared the book first with brown wrapping paper.

Live To Draw Again!

30 May

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This is a 10 minute sketch of fellow artist Chris Harrendence who is one of the 4 members of The Plebeian Scribblers and we spent a day last weekend doing ‘live’ drawing in Fringe Arts Bath. We had a set amount of time split into 10-minute slots. Once 10 minutes was up, we changed position and went onto another 10-minute drawing. We did 10 drawings each, quite a body of work for one day. It was boiling hot and very tiring but worth it. We had loads of people stopping and looking at what we were doing, we’re all very committed to taking art out of white cubes and into public spaces. The other Plebeian Scribblers are Patricia McKenna-Jones and Melvyn Williams.

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I used a selection of graphite sticks and Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens into an A4 hardbound Daler Rowney sketchbook. It’s a challenge to work in such a formal way, normally I cast around and choose what I want to draw carefully, but this time we were given a specific street to work in and we had choreographed our positions so we had to draw whatever was in front of us during each 10 minute stint. Sometimes I was just looking at a shop window full of advertising and merchandise, so I did a couple of drawings of reflections and some of adverts, not normally what I’d choose to do. We all thought it was worthwhile though so The Plebeian Scribblers might live to draw again!

 

FAB Day Drawing

23 May

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I spent a hot and happy day with three fellow artists at the Fringe Arts Bath. We formed a group, The Plebeian Scribblers to do live drawing in the street as part of a larger intervention by lots of performance artists, A FAB Intervention. We each did 10 drawings of ten minutes each. That’s a lot of standing around on a boiling hot day, easily the hottest of the year so far. In this, I drew my reflection in the window of a shoe shop. I used graphite into an A4 hardbacked Winsor & Newton sketchbook. Now I’m tired and red- caught the sun.

Valadon Screen – Next Step

22 May

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I left the Speedball Diazo drawing fluid to dry overnight after I had done my drawing of the artist Suzanne Valadon onto my screen. The next step is to mask it with the Speedball Filler. I drizzled a line of it, after a vigorous shake, at the top edge of the drawing (the screens were propped up so it was horizontal a few inches above the table).

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Then I scraped it gently across the surface of the screen with a piece of stiff card. One swipe is recommended. I scooped up the residue at the edges with a small plastic pallette knife and put it back in the pot. Then I left it to dry horizontally. Final stage of screen preparation tomorrow. I bought some ink from Swansea Print Workshop so I might be able to start printing on Monday.

Tomorrow I’m appearing in Union Street in Bath with the Plebeian Scribblers, part of Fringe Arts Bath and on Sunday I’m popping up to Cardiff to mooch around the Art Car Bootique. Maybe I’ll see you there?

Fringe Arts Bath

22 May

Lots happening in Bath from tomorrow with this huge arts festival. I’ll be there on Saturday the 23rd with three fellow artists. We’re The Plebeian Scribblers and we’re doing an intervention on Union Street throughout the afternoon along with loads of other live art performers.

Fringe Arts Bath.

Bath Building

6 Jun

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I spent a couple of days in Bath earlier this week, invigilating at the Commensalis group show at the Octagon, part of Fringe Arts Bath. It’s a long day so I entertained myself by drawing on my Galaxy Tablet Note 8. The Octagon is a beautiful old chapel. I don’t generally draw buildings, I’m much more familiar with anatomy, but it’s nice to have a change.

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I use a lot of continuous line drawing technique when I am drawing buildings.

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