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Bat Walk

19 Sep

Bat Watch

Husb and I spent a happy hour or so up at the lovely Rosehill Quarry this evening with a load of other people on a ‘bat walk’ headed up by Swansea University’s Dr. Dan Foreman. I had a scribble of course, with a 6B graphite stick into my ‘cat’ notebook. I focused on making marks to represent the tree-studded quarry bowl in an abstracted manner. A couple of bats made it into the picture. Not the vampire bats that Dr. Foreman mentioned though, just Pipistrelles. Apparently the warmth of our collected bodies attracted gnats and midges (oh yes, they made their presence felt) and the bats were attracted to the insects. We were like a sort of batty fast food joint.



A lot of my artwork is available on my Artfinder gallery.  If you’d like to have a look, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

Gors Fawr, near Mynachlog-ddu in the Preseli mountains, a lush green bog fringed with glowing hills.


Allotment Gnats

10 Jun

10 spots

We stayed too late on t’allotment last night and became fodder for swarms of gnats intent on eating us alive. Here’s my neck! The bites hurt! So I took some antihistamine medicine. The label warns that it may make some people drowsy. It’s knocked me senseless!!! I’ve been at sixes and sevens all day and I’m too woozy to draw so I thought I’d show you some of my sketchbooks.

10 sketchbooks

It’s been almost 2 years since I started blogging and here are most of the sketchbooks I’ve been using. The biggest are the two recycled sari silk ones, they’re about size A5 (about 8 x 6 inches or 210 x 148mm). They’re all small enough to fit into a bag or pocket. I love sketchbooks – they’re such gorgeous little objects 🙂

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