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Mucking Around

11 May

I need to loosen up with paint. I’m happy to sit and doodle for ages with a pen or pencil into my sketchbook, without bothering what I end up with. But as soon as I get the paints out, I seize up. I pressurise myself to do something “proper”. The other thing I don’t do much of is develop work from my sketchbook, as soon as it’s in there, I close the book and rarely look at it again. So today I grabbed a bit of heavyweight Khadi paper and a cheap set of acrylic paints and used my recent sketch from Rosehill Quarry as a starting point. Then I mucked around with the paint and a couple of brushes. It’s no masterpiece but it was relaxing and some of it is quite interesting.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left and to see the complete image.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

Scribbling And Song In The Old Quarry

7 May

Lockdown is easing and things are starting to happen. Husb and I went to Rosehill Quarry at tea time to listen to Swansea folk musician, Angharad Jenkins, perform her recent song about the Quarry. It was a lovely sunny and warm Spring afternoon and Angharad sang to a group of local people of all ages against a backdrop of lush trees and shrubs. I used lots of mark-making to represent the foliage and I like the contrast with the simple line drawing of the figure. If you’re in the area, check it out, it’s a gorgeous nature reserve so close to the heart of the city.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left and to see the complete image.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

Swoosh And Squiggle

14 Jan

Ton Outahs adjusted

If we weren’t in lockdown, I’d be doing life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop, but that’s off for the foreseeable future so here’s a blast from the past. I did this about 8 years ago, when I was going through a painty sort of phase, working from an original drawing. I wasn’t using brushes but putting down a coloured ground with lots of thin washes of translucent acrylic paints, swooshed across the surface of stretched paper with sponges. Then I drew on top, when it was dry, with Winsor & Newton Oil Bars, mostly in black and using an extender bar to thin it out and get those interesting squiggly textures with my fingers.

Ton Outahs stage 1

 

 

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left and to see the complete image.

Inspired by drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artefacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

 

 

The Lounging Pose

15 Dec

Dave 60 mins 6

Here’s the last drawing / painting I did at life drawing last week. It was a 60 minute pose – nearly – in gouache onto black paper. I like these lounging poses, they’re very natural. Having an hour gave me a chance to really concentrate on things like perspective, foreshortening and measuring. It isn’t as immediate or alive as some of the quicker poses though.

 

 

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left and to see the complete image.

Inspired by drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artefacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

 

After The Short Poses ….

13 Dec

Dave 30 mins b

After the short poses at life drawing sessions, we move on to 30 minute poses, where I can focus a bit more on the details, but not too much. This week I did a portrait and a reclining pose. Two of my favourites. I’m using gouache into a black sketchbook.

Dave 30 mins

 

 

 

 

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left and to see the complete image.

Inspired by drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artefacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

The Short Poses

12 Dec

Dave 5 mins b

We always have a few quick poses at the life drawing session at Swansea Print Workshop, a cuple of five minutes, one or two ten minutes. These are great because they force you to concentrate on capturing what’s essential, the basis that underlie the image. In the 5 minute pose above, our model poses with a mobile phone and a bandana mask, very contemporary.

 

 

 

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left and to see the complete image.

Inspired by drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artefacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

Just Back From Life Drawing

10 Dec

Dave 5 mins a

Just back from life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop this evening, had a lovely session, we are lucky to have such a brilliant group of life models. I’m off to bed now, I’ll publish the rest over the next couple of days. This is a quick 5 minute pose ….

A Head In Gouache

7 Dec

portrait 5

Here’s another drawing I did at last week’s life drawing session at Swansea Print Workshop. I spent some time doing a portrait in a 25 minute pose. I used black and white gouache into a black paper sketchbook.

 

 

 

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left and to see the complete image.

Inspired by drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artefacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

Wet And Dry

5 Dec

alan 2

Here are a couple more short poses from Thursday evening’s life drawing session at Swansea Print Workshop. The one above is a 5 minute pose and the one below 10 minutes. I was using gouache for the first time for life drawing, white and black onto black paper. I enjoyed the feel of the paint and I’m a bit more experimental with the wet paint than I normally am with dry media. Our lovely model doesn’t look like that, I was deliberately distorting.

alan 3

 

 

 

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left and to see the complete image.

Inspired by drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artefacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

Just Back ……

3 Dec

alan 1

Just back from life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop this evening. Tired now. Here’s a five minute pose. I used gouache which I’ve hardly ever done before, black and white paint into a black bound Seawhites A4 sketch book.

Nos da. Good night.

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