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A Nice Manhole

12 Jul

Here’s a short interview with me, here, about the two events I’m taking part in this coming weekend, July 15th and 16th with The Plebeian Scribblers and The Plebeian Printmakers. I’ll be up to arty shenanigans with hordes of other arty types in a 4 day arty party on Swansea’s High Street starting tomorrow courtesy of @VolcanoUK‘s Troublemakers Festival Fringe .

Hmmmmm, whatever can I be planning to do with this lovely manhole? I like a nice manhole. Check out The Plebeian Printmakers on Sunday July 16th from 13.00 – 15.30 to see what we do with manholes.

Printmakers header

 

For a limited period I am putting a new drawing from my recent sketch books on my Artfinder gallery every day.  If you’d like to check them out, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

Violent When Brushed

10 Jul

 

I did a quick scribble this evening into my tiny A7 size sketchbook with a biro (ballpoint) pen. It’s been a busy day; I went to Cardiff on the bus for two meetings with fellow artists, planning arty collaborations, and then I got travel sick on the way home. Not nice. So I’ve only just felt like having a scribble. Here she is, the scruffiest of cats, Ming The Merciless showing her best side. She’s brushed every night, despite being seriously violent, but she is always a total scruff. Bit like me really. Although I’m not violent when I’m brushed. Well, not often.

 

For a limited period I am putting a new drawing from my recent sketch books on my Artfinder gallery every day.  If you’d like to check them out, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

 

 

Little Hairy Poser

28 Jun

 

Just time for a quick scribble in my sketchbook this evening. This is Ming the Merciless, our little hairy cat. She’s sixteen now and sleeps even more than cats normally do, which makes sketching much easier. Mind you, I’ve never met a cat yet that didn’t like to be drawn, they’re such a bunch of posers.

 

 

For a limited period I am putting a new drawing of an ancient monument on my Artfinder gallery every day.  If you’d like to check them out, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

 

 

 

Stalking The Prehistorian

2 Sep

Since February, I’ve been stomping across the wild places of South Wales hunting the wild megalith, stalking prehistorian Dewi Bowen and filmaker Melvyn Williams. I’ve been drawing as I’ve gone along and these drawings have just opened in my first solo show at The Workers Gallery in Ynyshir. Melvyn has been filming throughout the months and has been editing up short films as he’s gone along. Here’s his latest with Dewi talking, in his inimitable way, about the ancient monuments, the ancestral stones and Y Twrch Trwyth (The Boar Hunt).

 

If you’d like to see the drawings and some more of Melvyn’s films, please come to tea with me at The Workers Gallery – a chance to see my new solo show with lashings of tea and home-made cakes in the gorgeous Cynon Valley.

Invitation

There’s more of my art to be seen in my online Gallery in Artfinder. Please click here to visit. Thank you.

Mud, Stones And Ice Cream

1 Apr

Nant Tarw circle

Yesterday we trekked up the mountain near Trecastle to visit the Nant Tarw stone circles and cairn. The Bronze Age circles are made up of small, rather insignificant stones and although fascinating historically and culturally, they were not particularly inspiring visually. However, the scenery was absolutely spectacular, with the Fan Brycheiniog face of Mynydd Du (the Black Mountain) in the distance.

Nant Tarw circle 2

I used Fabriano paper prepared with my own home-made walnut ink. I choose each piece carefully, looking between the paper and the subject until a  piece of paper suggests itself to me. I took a non-representational stance with this drawing, barely sketching the outline of the stones in white conte crayon in the foreground and focussing on the snow strewn Fan Brycheiniog instead, using white conte, black carbon and a pale blue oil pastel for the sky.

Nant Tarw landscape

We walked back by a more direct route, following the River Usk down to the car park. Although it was quicker, it was much rougher terrain and despite the glorious sunshine, the ground was boggy and muddy after months of almost unbroken rain. Although we were near the source of the Usk and it was quite narrow, the river banks were slippery, treacherous with deep, very deep, mud. I was about to cross onto a stepping stone and suddenly my left leg disappeared up to my knee in slurping sludge, my balance went and I pitched backwards into the thick mire, covering myself in the oozing mud from the waist down, to the mirth of my fellow travellers. Luckily I was wearing good boots and waterproof trousers and jacket, which saved my clothes but not my dignity. We gave up then and went off to Brecon for an icecream.

The Cat And The Monkeys

10 Jan
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Sparta Puss, about 1 minute of scribbling

Greetings hairless apes. Sparta Puss here, taking over the pooter box once again. It’s been a while but I’ve been busy, y’know, eating, sleeping, getting a little chunky to keep me warm through the winter, usual stuff. Something called Christmas happened and my bald monkeys gave me a tree to climb and it was full of baubles for me to throw around and I had lots of pretty paper to shred around the house and something called tinsel that I really enjoy swallowing because it makes the furless simians quite hysterical. And so many new boxes to sit in. They took the tree away a few days ago but they’re still finding baubles around the house. I hid them. Hah! And then I dumped a dead rat by the windowsill of the monkeys’ bedroom and the she-ape got even more hysterical than when I ate the tinsel. Bwahahahaha!!!!!

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Sparta Puss, about 4 minutes of scribbling

The she-ape’s been making scribbles with dirt from a stick onto some paper and claiming that it looks like me again. She’s an idiot.

Cross And Purring

30 Nov

cross and purring

How can a cat look so cross and be purring at the same time? Husb and I went to see ‘Legend’, the new film about the Kray twins, this evening and when we got back, this is what greeted us. Sparta Puss looking furious but also purring like a train. I think she was really annoyed because we’d gone out for a couple of hours and weren’t there to pay her loads of attention but she was also glad to see us, well me as she seems quite hostile to all other life forms……

I had a quick scribble with my Faber Castell Pitt pen, size S, into my A5 “The Cat’s Meow Journal”. It took a couple of minutes. Sometimes the way cats sit, they look a bit like a Batman mask.

The film is excellent, gripping and so well acted. Tom Hardy, who played the twins, was absolutely brilliant. We saw it in our local independent cinema at the Taliesin Arts Centre. It’s a great venue, much nicer than the multiplex chains.

Boy Chaos

29 Nov
Boy Chaos strikes!

Boy Chaos strikes!

Husb and I had one of our great-nephews for a sleepover. He’s a delightful 11 year old with a superpower. He spreads chaos wherever he goes. He is Boy Chaos! This is our settee this morning. I have no idea how he managed to get a cushion cover completely off a gigantic cushion almost as big as him, simply by slobbing out on it all evening and watching the telly.

I’ve been worried that I have fallen out of the habit of sketching. I’ve been so busy with artspaces, exhibitions and going away that I hadn’t done any daily sketchbook work for about 2 months. So Boy Chaos has kickstarted my daily scribbles. I used Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens in sizes S and B along with a dark graphite stick into my little A5 ‘Cat’s Meow Journal’ by Peter Pauper Press. It was a gift last Xmas and it’s a gorgeous little thing, I love to scribble in it, even though it is faintly lined.

Let Sleeping Cats Lie: 2

11 Nov

My Chair

It’s my chair. Mine. You’d never know it!

Sparta Puss won’t give me my chair back!

Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens into an A6 sketchbook.

Cats And Dogs

14 Oct

book cover

I started a new sketchbook earlier this week, a Peter Pauper Press book called ‘The Cat’s Meow Journal’. That’s Sparta Puss ‘helping’ me to photograph it. Not!

The first scribbles are of the two little Patterdale Terriers belonging to Jane Simpson of Galerie Simpson in Swansea. I popped in a couple of days ago and just had to draw them. I used a biro.

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