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Window Licking Good?

13 Oct

Husb and I regularly babysit one of our very young relatives and last week I took him on his first trip to the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery. There’s a fabulous exhibition from their archives at the moment – a wonderful and quirky selection of artwork.

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I find babies very hard to draw. The proportions of their faces are really weird – they’re like little aliens. And they don’t stop wriggling. I tried my best, sketching quickly using the continuous line method. Maybe I should try when he’s asleep. Anyway, I took him round the exhibition, mostly I let him crawl – he was really quick on the polished floors. The bit he liked best though was when we went to the (excellent, new) cafe on the ground floor and he crawled over to the big window that looks out onto the street, pulled himself up and gave the window a good licking. I tried my best.

Responding To A Story

12 Oct

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I went to the Glynn Vivian art gallery last week, to do some live drawing at an event involving poets, storytellers and musicians. I normally draw directly from life but I went right out of my comfort zone for this one, allowing the words, music and spoken rhythms to flow into my hands and direct the marks I made onto vintage paper with Daler Rowney artists pastels. This drawing was done in response to David Pitt’s story about a caged songbird and a desert.

Picking Up The Ambience

7 Oct

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I spent a couple fo hours at the Glynn Vivian art gallery on Saturday morning, drawing at a spoken word event, @peoplespeakup, which was part of the Swansea Fringe, with Rufus Mufasa, David Pitt and Eleanor Shaw amongst others. I like drawing in public, I think it’s good for people to be able to see how an artist works. When people go into a gallery and see perfect works of art on a white wall, they don’t get to appreciate all the hard work, practice, mistakes and rubbish drawings that preceded it.

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I did some warm up drawings in my sketchbook, using a Faber Castell Pitt drawing pen and the continuous line technique. This helped me to centre myself in the space and pick up on the ambience of the surroundings.

Head Of Cod

18 Jun

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I did some drawing this evening down at the Zoology Museum in Swansea University. It’s a small place but jam packed full of fascinating specimens. I did a reduction drawing of the skull of a large fish. There was some debate about whether it was a whiting, like the label said, or a cod.

 

I’d prepared some thick khadi paper in advance. First I cleaned off an old drawing board that had been used for paper stretching and make sure it was clean and smooth. Then I stretched the wet sheets of paper, sticking them down with brown paper gumstrip. Finally I gave them a couple of coats of white acrylic gesso, to give me a resilient surface to work on.

 

 

 

 

 

Scribbling Heads

17 Jun

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And here’s the last drawing I did at the Glynn Vivian art gallery in Swansea the other evening. Husb and I went to the private view and curators’ talk for the new drawing exhibition, “Hand Drawn Action Packed“. It’s a really good show and it’s free entry too. I scribbled these heads into my little A6 hardbacked sketchbook, using a ballpoint pen. I like ballpoint for sketchbook work, it flows easily and gives a lovely scribble … and that’s what I’m about.

Fitting It In

16 Jun

 

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Husb and I were at the preview of the new drawing exhibition, “Hand Drawn Action Packed” at Swansea’s most excellent Glynn Vivian art gallery the other evening. I scribbled of course, which was fitting, given that it’s a drawing exhibition.  I find it difficult to cram an entire subject onto the page – I was always criticised when I was in art college for this. I used to point out that Egon Schiele and Käthe Kollwitz often did the same – and if it’s okay for them ……. Anyway, I solved it by putting the bottom of her legs onto a different part of the page.

A Captive Audience

15 Jun

 

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The Glynn Vivian Art Gallery in Swansea has a fabulous drawing exhibition, “Hand Drawn Action Packed“, which opened with a guided talk from the show’s curators, Roger Malbert and Antonia Shaw. These events are always good for a quick scribble, people are generally quite still. I always carry a sketchbook – this is an A6 size hardbound one and I prefer to draw in ballpoint pen on this scale.

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And a captive audience is good practice for drawing a crowd, getting the perspective and proportions right, without too much moving around.

There are ten artists featured, Marcel Dzama | Marcel van Eeden | Inci Eviner | Yun-Fei Ji | William Kentridge | Nalini Malani | Otobong Nkanga | Raymond Pettibon | Amy Sillman | Rinus Van de Velde.

I liked them all but particularly William Kentridge, Rinus Van de Velde and Nalini Malani.

A Drawing Exhibition

14 Jun

 

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Husb and I went to Swansea’s Glynn Vivian art gallery this evening for the preview of the latest exhibition “Hand Drawn Action Packed“, an exhibition of artists who draw. It’s fantastic to see a drawing exhibition in a prestigious gallery. Of course, I had a scribble. Well, I would, wouldn’t I?

There are ten artists featured in the show, Marcel Dzama | Marcel van Eeden | Inci Eviner | Yun-Fei Ji | William Kentridge | Nalini Malani | Otobong Nkanga | Raymond Pettibon | Amy Sillman | Rinus Van de Velde.

 

More En Plein Air

21 Mar

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Sometimes life gets in the way of art and it can be difficult to do something creative every day. If I’m working on a commission or developing an exhibition, it’s easy because I’m at it all the time, but in the in-between times like the past week or two, I find it hard to get motivated. Husb and I went to the Glynn Vivian art gallery this evening, with lovely young nephew, to hear the author Andrew Green give a talk about his new book, “Wales In 100 Objects“. Great stuff. I had a quick scribble. It was dark in the lecture room so I couldn’t quite see what I was doing. Never mind. It’s enough to put pen to paper and do a bit of a drawing every day at the moment.

 

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Fun With The Family

2 Feb

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Husb and I took two young relatives to the Glynn Vivian art gallery in Swansea today. Every Saturday there’s a free, family-friendly art session with a resident artist who encourages people to draw and paint, inspired by artists in the gallery collection. This week focused on the artist Ceri Richards and the poet Vernon Watkins.

It was lovely doing art for fun. It rarely happens for me because it’s my profession and it’s usually a very serious thing but today it was great to chill out and have a play. Husb’s interpretation of the poetry managed to include the USS Starship Enterprise. Sometimes I wonder about him.

 

 

 

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