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Slicing And Dicing

20 Jul

Postcard 1a

I’m slicing and dicing my ancestral stones!

I’ve put my drawings of Neolithic monuments into Adobe Photoshop and I’m designing some merchandise for my solo show at The Worker’s Gallery in September. I’ll have original drawings, lino prints and etchings for the exhibition but not everyone can afford original art – or may not have room for it – so I want to offer a range of reproductions. I don’t just want to slavishly copy the originals though. I may choose one or two to be reproduced onto canvas or heavyweight art paper, but I also want to play with the drawings I’ve made and create some new digital imagery with them so they can be printed as postcards or magnets or greetings cards. I’ve not used Photoshop for design before, I normally use it for storing photos and cataloguing my work so this is new for me and I’m having fun seeing what it can do.

I have been travelling across South Wales with Rhondda-born archaeologist Dewi Bowen and Swansea film maker Melvyn Williams, hunting the wild megalith, accompanied by my portable drawing board, portfolio of Fabriano paper and a bag full of assorted artist’s materials.  Dewi is researching his latest book on Neolithic monuments and Melvyn is making a documentary film of our literary and artistic adventures.

If you want to know more about my solo show in The Worker’s Gallery in the Rhondda Valley in September, please click here.

And if you want to see some of my other artwork, please click on the image below.

Quoit

 

Waiting For Mam

6 Mar

puppies

I spent a happy hour puppy sitting the adorable gallery puppies at Galerie Simpson this afternoon. They are two sweet black Patterdale Terriers and when their Mam popped out, they patiently waited for her – before falling asleep. So cute. And very scribblable! I never miss an opportunity for a scribble. It’s interesting drawing different animals. I’m used to cats, human beings and other monkeys, even the odd bird, but these dogs are so different. Lovely little triangular floppy ears and skinny, skinny legs with big paws.

Galerie Simpson has recently opened on the High Street in Swansea. It’s an area that is undergoing a lot of regeneration and it badly needs it. I lived in this area when I was a small child until most of it was demolished and it’s been very run down for many years, so it’s good to see it on the up at last as part of the new Urban Village, being built by Coastal Housing Group. There’s a terrific exhibition of original prints, Art Lovers, at Galerie Simpson at the moment and it’s on until Easter. Watch out for events coming up at the gallery including Sunday Tea and an arty brunch.

I drew this into my A5 Tate Gallery sketchbook with a Faber Castell Pitt drawing pen, size F and I used the last pages – I finished it! I love finishing a sketchbook, there’s a great sense of achievement and also excitement about starting a new one. Which one will it be? OOOOOHHHH!!!!! I’m such a geek 😀

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