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Number 94

18 Mar

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With the best will in the world, sometimes life just gets in the way of all your plans. I started drawing 30-minute sketches of Baby Boomers almost two years ago with the intention of finishing one hundred by the end of 2016, but I didn’t quite manage it because, well, like I said, life got in the way. But I’m on the case again and here is Number 94, an urbane and creative Boomer with fabulous taste in hats. I’ve drawn three Boomers in this series with hats, all male and all sculptors.

 

Last week was the opening of Swansea’s International Women’s Day exhibition at Cinema & Co. It was fantastic, loads of people there and lots of arty and fun things happening. Cinema & Co is putting on a terrific programme of films through the month because it’s also Women’s History Month. Please check out the programme here …..

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I have put my series of drawings of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you want to see more, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

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A New Exhibition

5 Nov

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In it’s final week! Appearing in the Womens Arts Association exhibition at Cardiff’s Llanover Hall until December 12th 2016.

A few days ago I finished a short residency at the lovely Galerie Simpson where I had the space and time to develop a new piece of art. I’m a 2 dimensional artist, I have a 2D brain and I experimented with making something 3 dimensional, without the benefit of a 3D brain. I was inspired by one of my favourite artists, Käthe Kollwitz and worked with an image created from a rubber stamp that I had made from a silkscreen print of her I had done from a drawing. I printed with Intaglio Printmaker Litho / Relief ink thinned with some Extender onto Japanese Shiohara paper. I incorporated text which was a sort of love letter to Käthe, using Uni Pin fineline pens. I stitched it on an Edwardian Singer sewing machine and the work is supported with 2mm aluminium armature wire.

The work has been accepted into a Womens Arts Association exhibition that begins tomorrow in Cardiff. Please pop in to the opening event on November 11th if you’re passing 😀

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Grist To The Mill

2 Nov

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And here’s Baby Boomer number 92 out of the 100 I plan to sketch by the end of this year. I drew my first back in April 2015, thinking it would just take me a few months, but life (work) got in the way and I didn’t realise the amount of organising that would be needed and how time consuming that has been. A lot of an artist’s time is spent in administrative and organisational tasks. It’s all grist to the mill though.

 

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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And Yet Another Beautiful Boomer

13 Oct

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And it’s getting difficult to find titles for my Baby Boomer blogs now that I’ve reached number 83 – I think I’ve done every permutation on Baby Boomer that there is! I’m so loving doing these sketches and having conversations with my sitters, discourses that will eventually feed into the final work, which I hope will be on a HUGE scale. But that’s a while off yet.

 

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.

Quoit

 

 

Another Beautiful Boomer

12 Oct

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As I scrutinise the faces of my sitters, all Baby Boomers, all born between 1946 and 1964, it’s obvious that beauty shines through from within, it’s not something that sits on the surface of the skin. It’s a shame that cosmetic surgery is so popular because it’s the life that is lived and reflected upon a face that gives a person beauty, not the surgeon’s knife. This beautiful Boomer is number 82 out of the 100 I intend to draw by the end of the year.

 

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.

Quoit

 

Beautiful Boomer

11 Oct

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I’ve been working at the lovely Galerie Simpson on Swansea’s High Street today, drawing more Baby Boomers. I’ve now drawn over 80 and I’m enjoying the sketching and conversations. Now that I’m on the home run, I realise how much I’m going to miss these when I reach number hundred. Here’s another beautiful Boomer.

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.

Quoit

 

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.

Quoit

Profiled

8 Oct

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This is the 79th sitter out of my target of drawing 100 Baby Boomers before the end of the year and only the third to be drawn in profile. I really like doing this because we rarely look closely at people in profile during our everyday contacts.

 

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.

Quoit

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.

Quoit

Immense Character

15 Feb

I’ve come to the last of my Baby Boomer drawings for a little while as The SPace, where I have been doing these drawings since November, has now closed at the end of its temporary lease. I need to find a new place to continue the drawings over the next few months. This Baby Boomer has a face of immense character. One of the things I really appreciate about doing these drawings of my generation is seeing a lifetime reflected in these faces, so many stories, so much experience leaving their mark.

I have done 42 drawings so far into my sketchbooks and I have 58 to go to reach my target of 100. Several of my models have suggested that number 100 should be a self portrait, so I guess that’s a good idea. I hate drawing myself though because I frown so much when I’m concentrating, I look really cross.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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