Tag Archives: Mabinogion

What Am I Up To Now?

14 Oct

I’m doing a short residency at Galerie Simpson in Swansea’s High Street and I’m working on something new, right out of my comfort zone. Here’s the beginning……..

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I’m also continuing my “en plein air” journey of discovery with prehistorian  Dewi Bowen  and filmmaker Melvyn Williams as we travel along the route of the legendary Boar Hunt, Y Twrch Trwyth, from the story of Culhwch and Olwen in the Mabinogion, the book of Welsh mythology, researching, filming and drawing the ancient stone monuments along the way.

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There’s more of my art to be seen in my online Gallery in Artfinder, please click on the image below to take a look. Thank you.

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Reconnecting

9 Oct

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Baby Boomer number 80 from the one hundred I plan to draw by the end of this year! I’m getting excited at the prospect of finishing the sketches and planning what to do with them, how to develop the next stage. It’s been wonderful talking as well as drawing. I’m reconnecting with many people from years ago, as well as meeting new ones and working with friends, colleagues and relatives.

 

I’m also continuing my “en plein air” journey of discovery with prehistorian  Dewi Bowen  and filmmaker Melvyn Williams as we travel along the route of the legendary Boar Hunt, Y Twrch Trwyth, from the story of Culhwch and Olwen in the Mabinogion, the book of Welsh mythology, researching, filming and drawing the ancient stone monuments along the way.

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There’s more of my art to be seen in my online Gallery in Artfinder, please click on the image below to take a look. Thank you.

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Cooler Boomer

6 Oct

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I’m continuing my odyssey of Baby Boomer portraits at Galerie Simpson on Swansea’s High Street this month. This sitter is my 77th out of the planned hundred. One thing that strikes me is the Boomer’s large age group, the oldest are 70 this year and the youngest 52, ranging from those who grew up with Rock’n’Roll through the 1950s to the Punk music and culture of the 1970s. Many Boomers challenged society’s expectations and norms when they were young and many still are, refusing to conform to stereotypes of middle aged and elderly people. Which is really cool. I think so anyway.

I’m also continuing my “en plein air” journey of discovery with prehistorian  Dewi Bowen  and filmmaker Melvyn Williams as we travel along the route of the legendary Boar Hunt, Y Twrch Trwyth, from the story of Culhwch and Olwen in the Mabinogion, the book of Welsh mythology, researching, filming and drawing the ancient stone monuments along the way.

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There’s more of my art to be seen in my online Gallery in Artfinder, please click on the image below to take a look. Thank you.

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The Ripped Land

3 Oct

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Walking and working with prehistorian Dewi Bowen and filmmaker Melvyn Williams on a series of drawings of Neolithic and Bronze Age stone monuments, we fetched up on a hilltop near Llanfihangel Aberbythych, not far from Carmel in Carmarthenshire where there are the remains of three stone cairns, unfortunately badly mutilated by years of quarrying.

Now, cairns are piles of stones and that’s what they are. When they’ve been moved and degraded they’re not particularly imposing or interesting to draw so I sat on top of one of them, incredibly uncomfortable and more than a bit dangerous, and drew what I could see from the rocky summit. In the distance, the land is ripped by the quarry so I chose some paper which had been prepared with charcoal, gesso and walnut ink and went to work with artist-quality Daler Rowney soft pastels. The result is an abstracted and emotive study of the stratified and scarred landscape.

I’m continuing my journey of discovery with  Dewi  and Melvyn as we travel along the route of the legendary Boar Hunt, Y Twrch Trwyth, from the story of Culhwch and Olwen in the Mabinogion, the book of Welsh mythology, researching, filming and drawing the ancient stone monuments along the way.

There’s more of my art to be seen in my online Gallery in Artfinder, please click on the image below to take a look. Thank you.

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Iconoclasm!

27 Sep

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This immense and fine stone is the Brynmaen Stone on Brynmaen Farm near Llannon in Carmarthenshire. It’s on private land and we asked permission at the farmhouse and the lovely farmer sent us up to the field with his son to protect us from the frisky cows and their new young bull. So kind and welcoming. Mr. Jones senior joined us while I was drawing and told us that there had been other standing stones around but they had been destroyed about a hundred years ago at the behest of a particularly iconoclastic Christian clergyman who was determined to thwart visitors to the ‘pagan’ stones. What a shame. It’s as bad as anything the Taliban and ISIS have done in recent times and it shows how fragile our heritage and history are in the face of fanatical beliefs.

I’m continuing my journey of discovery with prehistorian Dewi Bowen and filmmaker Melvyn Williams as we travel along the route of the legendary Boar Hunt, Y Twrch Trwyth, from the story of Culhwch and Olwen in the Mabinogion, the book of Welsh mythology,researching, filming and drawing the ancient stone monuments along the way. Now that my recent solo show of these drawings, at The Workers Gallery, is over, it’s time to focus on finding a publisher for Dewi’s book and an outlet for Melvyn’s film.

 

There’s more of my art to be seen in my online Gallery in Artfinder, please click on the image below to take a look. Thank you.

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Mud, Megaliths and Crazy Welsh Ponies

12 Sep

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Filmmaker Melvyn Williams in conversation with prehistorian Dewi Bowen and artist Rose Davies (that’s me) with lashings of cake!

19:00 to 20:30 on Friday the 23rd of September at The Workers Gallery, 99, Ynyshir Road, Ynyshir, RCT, CF39 0EN.

Coming soon – cake and conversation, art and archaeology, mountains and megaliths, history and hailstorms…..all at the lovely Workers Gallery. Melvyn has been following Dewi and me across the wild places of South Wales since February, through mud, muck and mire, tracking down megaliths on the legendary Trail of the Boar Hunt, Y Twrch Trwyth, from the tales of the Mabinogion.

Dewi has been researching his new book on these ancient monuments, ‘Hunting The Wild Megalith’ while I have been drawing these incredible stones for my solo show ‘The Hunt / Yr Helfa’ at The Workers Gallery.

And all the while, Melvyn has been walking with us, across the Neolithic Welsh landscape, filming the art, the archaeology and the awe-inspiring environment, fending off wild Welsh ponies determined to liberate the lunch boxes.

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“Why the long face?” (groan!)

Please join us for an evening of conversation, tea and cake in this lovely gallery. My exhibition of drawings will be finishing on the 24th.

 

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Solo show: Yr Helfa / The Hunt

The Warrior Returns

5 Sep

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I started working with this particular model some time ago, when a young student with plans to join the army. I have masses of drawings of him which I developed into many prints – monotypes, etchings and even the occasional painting. We’ve had a gap of several years while he has been away travelling as a professional soldier but we met up again recently and hope to resume our professional relationship in the future. I did a couple of drawings, just some quick ones to familiarise myself with his features. It takes a while to get back into working with someone after a gap, I’m a bit rusty but now I have some drawings to refer to, I can see where I’ve gone wrong and what I need to do.

 

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.

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

 

 

 

Sharing Experiences….

3 Sep

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And another Baby Boomer – I’m getting towards my target of 100 by the end of the year, each drawing a maximum of thirty minutes. But I allow about an hour and a half for each sitter, because it’s such an important part of the process to talk to everyone, about how they feel about being a Baby Boomer, what it means to them. It’s fascinating for me, as we become the ‘elder’ generation, to share the experience with others, to discuss, to take stock, to try and figure out where we’ve been and where we’re going……

 

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.

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.

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

The Cold War

2 Sep

 

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I carried on with my 30-minute Baby Boomer drawings today at the Creative Bubble artspace. I’m not just drawing, but I also have a conversation with each sitter about what being a Baby Boomer means to them, what has been iconic about our generation. It’s fascinating to talk to each person and now that I’ve drawn 57 people, I’m building up a picture of what’s common to us all and what’s unique about each individual’s experience. The Cold War is something that affected most of our lives and linked to that, the nuclear arms race and campaigns about nuclear power. This sitter wasn’t brought up in Britain and it was so interesting to talk around how different our childhood and adolescent experiences have been.

I started to use a different medium for drawing today, a different make of graphite stick that is much softer than the ones I’ve been using so far and this changed my style, much freer, much more scribbly.

 

 

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.

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