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Popping Up

16 Sep



This evening I did my third stint in a little pop-up studio at the Taliesin Arts Centre. I’m a member of an artist collective, 15 Hundred Lives, and we have an exhibition at Oriel Ceri Richards Gallery until the 26th of September. We’ve been given some space in the Taliesin foyer/bar to do live art, so I’m there on Wednesday evenings throughout the exhibition’s run and collagist Sylvie Evans is also doing some sessions. You can see her collaged sail installation hanging in the stairwell.


I started when the bar was fairly quiet which gave me a chance to draw something other than people. I don’t like drawing architecture and interiors, really hard, much prefer to draw people and animals. So this evening was good practice for me. I used a double page from my A4 hardbound sketchbook that I’d prepared with brown wrapping paper glued in with Pritt stick. I drew with Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens, sizes S and F.

Eventually the bar filled up with people come to see this evening’s film and I had some great conversations with those interested in what I was doing. I took along some completed sketchbooks for browsing. It’s a good opportunity to publicise my work, hand out business cards and direct people downstairs to the gallery to see the exhibition. Only one more pop-up studio session to go, but I’m going to be doing an artist walk-and-talk around the exhibition on Saturday the 26th. More about this soon.

Here’s a short video about our exhibition showing the three of us doing our art and you get to hear me speak.

Psychedelic Male Nude

23 Aug



Male nude with stripes

Male nude with stripes

Here’s another of my watercolour nudes from quite a while back, about 7 years I think. Doesn’t time fly!!!! I stopped doing them because I thought I was getting into a rut, but looking back at this series recently, I really rather like this technique so I think I’ll prepare stretch some papers for life drawing next week and do some more. I’m using Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens for the linework and Winsor & Newton half pan, artist grade watercolours with some rather stiff sable brushes.

My most recent body of work, over 2 dozen new drawings and lino cuts, is being exhibited at Oriel Ceri Richards Gallery until September the 26th and here’s a short video about it if you’d like to take a look 😀

Sun, Storm And A Nude

22 Aug


A watercolour nude

A watercolour nude

After the excitement of last night’s opening of our group exhibition, ‘People And Place’, Husb and I had a lazy day. We went for a walk in the sunshine and treated ourselves to lunch in a lovely local restaurant, Mosaic. It seems like I haven’t had a day off for ages. It’s not just making the artwork – over 2 dozen new pieces – but there’s all the framing, labelling, publicity, inviting, marketing………

So today I’m blogging another one from my archives, a life drawing in watercolour, using Winsor & Newton half pan artist watercolours onto Cotman watercolour paper with Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens for the linework.

Now we’ve battened down the hatches because there’s supposed to be a storm on the way; today’s sunshine was short-lived and tomorrow it’s back to work. Not much rest for the self-employed.

If you want to find out more about my current exhibition, here’s a short video about it.


Open At Last

21 Aug

Some of my drawings and linocut prints

So our exhibition is finally open! Loads of people came to Oriel Ceri Richards in absolutely filthy weather and it was buzzing. Lovely evening. It runs until September the 26th and now I’m going to bed. For about a week. G’night 🙂 zzzzzzzzzzzz


Rose Davies (Rosie Scribblah), Graham Parker, Sylvie Evans.

Emerging Heads

15 Aug



I’ve spent two days working with the 15 Hundred Lives art collective in the Creative Bubble artspace, giving the public open access to our working processes and at the same time putting the finishing touches to the last pieces of work for our upcoming exhibition at Oriel Ceri Richards. Here I’m drawing onto vintage paper that I’d prepared by squeegeeing black and gold acrylic screen print inks straight onto the paper, to break up the tyranny of the white. I’m working onto it with chalk, compressed charcoal and white conte crayon. I’ve broken away from my usual practise of working directly from life, drawing instead from my imagination. The imagery that’s emerging has been influenced by some visits I made about three years ago to Berlin and Iceland, but more of that later. Now to bed. I’m shattered!

The Block Block

11 Aug

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Here are the vinyl blocks I printed yesterday, inked up and ready to go. They’re about 7 x 9 inches each. They’ve been printed singly but I like the look of them grouped together in a block and might print a couple of sheets like this. But that’ll have to wait until after I’ve finished mounting and framing all the work for my upcoming exhibition at Oriel Ceri Richards from August the 21st.

I drew, cut and printed these at Swansea Print Workshop on an antique Victorian Columbian printing press.


Nearly Done

8 Aug


Today I finished printing my 8 small, 2-colour lino (well, vinyl) blocks ready for my group exhibition at Oriel Ceri Richards at Taliesin Arts Centre in a couple of weeks. I still have to do the second colour on my remaining 4 larger blocks but that’s for tomorrow.

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I used Intaglio Printmaker’s oil-based litho/relief black ink mixed 50:50 with their extender and printed onto Hosho paper using an antique Victorian Columbian printing press at Swansea Print Workshop. I started with drawings and photos of a visit I made to the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin a couple of winters ago. The thick snow made the place even more surreal and inspired me to develop the imagery in drawing and printmaking. I like the way they’ve turned out, quite a departure for me but part of being an artist is to evolve and experiment.

If you want to find out more about the 15 Hundred Lives group show “People And Place”, please click here.

The Antique Columbian

7 Aug

I’ve been working on a new series of linocut (well, vinyl) prints for an exhibition coming up at Oriel Ceri Richards later this month, a group exhibition with the 15 Hundred Lives art collective. Each print will be in 2 colours on white, using Japanese Hosho paper and Intaglio Printmakers relief inks.

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I printed the last of the 12 blocks today with the first colour, a mid grey, down at Swansea Print Workshop.

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Next, I’ll cut away the grey areas and print the second colour, black. That’ll have to wait until tomorrow.


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I am using the antique Victorian Colombian Press and I’ll be printing each in editions of 15. I love working with such old machinery. The Victorians didn’t stint on the decoration, it’s beautiful as well as functional. It’s also idiosyncratic and a bit fickle to use, but so would I be if I were that old 🙂

Working Flat Out

27 Jul

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I’m working flat out for the group exhibition I’m in next month at Oriel Ceri Richards, with Sylvie Evans, collagist and Graham Parker, painter. We’re part of a collective called 15 Hundred Lives and as well as exhibiting together, we do a monthly public access event at the Creative Bubble artspace where we open the doors to anyone who wants to come in and see what it is that artists do all day. It’s our second anniversary at Creative Bubble in August so as well as the exhibition, we’re also putting on a big arty birthday bash. That’s why I’m working flat out!

I’m doing a drawing using the manier noir technique. It’s French for ‘in the dark manner’ but I like to call it Drawing Darkly. Here’s some information about it 🙂

Lots Of Linos

18 Jul

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I’ve been working at Swansea Print Workshop for most of the week, printing the first colour in a series of reduction lino prints. We printmakers often call this the ‘suicide’ method because you don’t use separate blocks for each colour, instead you cut away the first colour, print it, then cut away the second colour, print that and so on until the block is more or less destroyed. This means there’s no room for error. So I’ve printed a mid grey onto a white Shoji Japanese tissue. Over the next few days I’ll be cutting the blocks and then printing the next colour, a dark grey. The images are based on drawings I have done of the Berlin Holocaust Memorial in the snow; I visited Berlin a couple of winters ago in severe weather, it was fantastic. People skied and skated on the frozen river.



The linocuts are part of a new body of work I’m doing for a new exhibition coming up in August at Oriel Ceri Richards with the 15 Hundred Lives art collective: collagist Sylvie Evans, painter Graham Parker and me. We’ll be doing a lot more beside the exhibition. More of that later 🙂



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