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A Bit Of Colour

25 Jan

After a couple of days of live art and big drawing, I’ve had a quieter day doing some cataloguing. It’s one of those menial admin tasks that’s so boring but it’s important to keep track of the work I’ve done, some of it going back years. As I worked I rediscovered stuff I’d forgotten about. Here are some life drawings of a male nude model that I did a few years ago using watercolour instead of my usual drawing pen. I don’t much like using naturalistic colour, I don’t really see the point, so I play around with it. I used some very sturdy sable brushes, jabbing at the paper to give a chunky effect.

In The Beginning… (life drawings – nudes)

22 Feb

22 life 1 22 life 2 22 life 3

In the beginning there is the sketch. And it may be good. Or it may be rubbish. But even if it’s rubbish, it’s still useful because I can look at it critically and work out what’s wrong with it and that’s learning something. Here are three pages from my life drawing sketchbook. The middle one is being developed into a large mixed media piece and I’ll also work it up as a large monotype. The top one is OK, but I think the pose is a bit boring so I won’t develop it any further. The bottom one ….. well I lost the plot that night!

Prints, Awards and Bloggers.

8 Apr

Monotype montage: 3 male nudes.

These are large monotypes I did from original drawings from the life drawing group at Swansea Print Workshop. It takes me a full day at the print studio to do each, plus about half a day to work up a scale drawing from my original sketch, which is usually done into a sketchbook. The middle one will be in an exhibition at Art Matters in Tenby in May and the one on the right will be showing in Walcot Chapel Gallery in Bath, July 9 – 15. Other monotypes will also be included in both exhibitions.

I’ve been nominated for a WordPress Versatile Blogger Award by Drew Kail and and Jackie McSween at Pointsthruprose. This is lovely – thanks so much Drew and Jackie.  Drew is an exceptional printmaker working mostly in block printing – amazing work. Jackie coordinates a collective arts blog.

The rules for the award indicate that I must nominate 15 blogs I think are deserving of the Versatile Blogger Award.  All of the blogs I have listed are tremendous and I recommend checking them out.

My nominated blogs are:

1. Rayya the Vet  Moving diary of the life of an Australian vet and her varied patients

2. Doodlemum – Daily drawing blog about a Welsh Mam and her husb, three children, cat and dog. Funny and whimsical.

3. Charcutier – fascinating blog about starting a high class charcuterie business in a remote part of rural West Wales

4. Dave Cropley – lovely life drawings from this talented printmaker

5. Lemon’s Tree – fun and quirky drawings and cartoons about life and stuff

6. Sticks, Stones and Paper Stew Blog – warm, human, humane, arty

7. Ziggy Shortcrust – a bit bonkers 🙂

8. Karasartisticaladventures – gorgeous whimsical arty blog

9. Hellopalz  – such a lovely, warm and varied blog

10. Artyboy68 – wonderful daily portraits

11. Hansishallucinations – bonkers! 🙂

12. Rubicorno – phantastic phone photography

13. Blumbago – gorgeous paintings and drawings

14. Grubbygrrrl’s 365 cats – as it says 🙂

15. J Hladik Voss – absolutely bonkers Barbie tableaux and other stuff

It was very hard choosing just 15 out of the 90 blogs I follow but I tried to pick those that publish regularly and have the most varied content. Please forgive me if I didn’t include yours.

Here are the rules:

If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger award.

  •  Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
  •  Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
  •  Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. ( I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!)
  •  Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.
  •  Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

versatile blogger award

Nominated bloggers don’t have to participate.  I nominated each of these because I feel their blogs deserve to be recognized, read and followed.

Seven things about me:

1. I’m a mad cat lady

2. I love living by the sea – I love it’s smell

3. I’m a rock chick – old school, prog, metal, grunge – love it all [except 1980’s poodle rock]

4. I love making cakes but I don’t like eating them

5. I like watching world-class rugby

6. I’m a tea addict

7. I find weather fascinating [just realised how very British the last three are lol]



A Man Ablaze With Energy [male nude]

30 Jan

Monotype: Purple Hair.


One of my favourite methods of printmaking is the three-colour separation monotype, which is quite involved. I explain the process on my website if you want to read more about it. This image [printed onto A1 BFK Rives paper] started as a life drawing of a male nude model; he is of Asian heritage and had purple hair at the time. The pose and the model’s personality inspired me to be very free with the drawn elements, the mark-making of the process and the resulting piece is probably far more abstract than most of my work, but I like it. He has a very Egon Schiele type of body so I cropped the image at the legs and head as Schiele often did with his figures.

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