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Four Females And A Film Festival

5 Mar

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I cut this MDF woodblock a couple of months ago and got round to printing it today, using Cranfield Caligo Safe Wash relief ink in black onto Japanese Hosho paper, using a Japanese bamboo baren instead of a press. It’s my interpretation of the logo of local independent picture house Cinema & Co.

It’s a great place that supports local culture in many ways including giving artists free space to show our work. They don’t charge commission, all they ask is for artists to make a piece of work relating to the cinema. So here’s mine.

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There’s a fantastic evening coming up on March 12th to celebrate International Womens’ Day. From 5.30 to 7.30 there’s the launch of an exhibition by four local artists (above) – Sally Davies, Esther Ley, Patti McKenna-Jones and me (FREE with home-made cake).

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And that’s followed by the Feminista Film Festival from 7.30 to 9.30 (info and tickets here). This series of shorts tells the most inspiring stories about women and girls around the world, from America, Syria, Greenland and more. Here’s the trailer….

 

 

 

International Womens’ Day 2020

13 Feb
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By Esther Ley

 

International Womens’ Day 2020 is coming up fast and my fellow artist Patti McJones and I have been asked to organise this year’s event at Cinema & Co. It’ll be our fourth year in this great venue. If you’re in Swansea on March 12th around 5.30 – 7.30, you’re very welcome to join us – local artists Esther Ley and Sally Davies are exhibiting with Patti and me. And there’ll be lashings of home made cake, of course.

Sally and Esther are launching their new exhibition, “Every Wrinkled Line” and Patti and I are installing our latest ‘Bog Art’ works.

In the cinema – EVERY WRINKLED LINE – “Women have always been scrutinised and judged, and our worth measured on a scale of supposed ‘beauty’. We are presenting work that need not be judged, the images aren’t beautiful, empowering or even a testament to adversity- they are an honest reflection of a life lived.”

In the Bogs – PATTI MCJONES – “I use my art to point at things. Injustice, hypocrisy, protest or just interesting individuals are the perennial subjects of my work. My real love is documentary speed sketching; ink-capture of protest and music really is the most exciting thing for me. Some of these I then turn into prints, paintings or murals“.

Also in the Bogs – ROSIE SCRIBBLAH – ” ER GÔF was inspired by a winter visit I made to Berlin where the Holocaust Memorial was under a deep white muffled blanket of snow. The massive black monoliths snaking across the site threw extraordinary shadows, forming delicate monochromatic patterns between dark slabs. As that generation of elders that fought World War 2 is dying out, there is a terrifying rise of xenophobia across Europe and the responsibility of remembering the horrors of industrial scale murder falls onto the shoulders of us, their descendants.”

 

Patti McJones, Rosie Scribblah, Sally Davies

Rebecca And Her Riots

17 Jan

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Husb and I went to a fabulous exhibition that opened this evening at the National Trust’s Newton House in Dinefwr near Llandeilo. It’s by Cardiff artist and printmaker John Abell. Called ‘Becca And Her Children’, it’s inspired by the Rebecca Riots that happened in the area in the early 19th century.

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John has been doing a residency there, producing paintings, small drypoint prints and huge linocuts. They are lush, so complex.

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The historic venue is a fabulous setting for the work. The house and grounds are worth a day out in their own right as well. The exhibition continues to April the 20th.

OUCH!

27 Oct

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I’m carrying on with my painting of the Swansea Devil but the work is painfully slow, literally! I was over-enthusiasitic on my allotment a few weeks ago and wrenched my right arm. I thought it would go after a couple of days but it’s still painful, not getting any better and I’m having real trouble drawing, painting, even getting my coat on and off.

I’m trying to use my left arm as much as possible and it’s okay for painting larger areas but no good where I need fine details. I often do drawing exercises including drawing with my left hand, it’s good practice and has improved how much I can do with my left hand, but it’s still very limiting.

 

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I’m going to try and get an appointent with a physiotherapist to see if they can sort something out, but for the next week or two I’m going to have to give my right arm a rest and use my left a lot more. I did a fair bit of the underpainting today with my left hand and very quickly sketched the facial details in with my right, but I could only work on it for a few minutes. The Liquitex Heavy Body is great, very fluid and easy to use and I’m building it up with layers of thin glazes to give me rich, vibrant colours and dynamic brushwork.

Carrying On …..

23 Oct

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So I’ve been carrying on painting the Swansea Devil’s portrait today, in between loads of other things. One good thing about painting with acrylics is that it’s bitty, I can do a bit then go off and do something else while it’s drying. When I’m drawing or printmaking, I spend hours, even days working on a piece so it’s quite relaxing really to be doing an acrylic painting. After a chequered career, the Swansea Devil now lives at Swansea Museum. He likes visitors.

Diawl Abertawe / The Swansea Devil

22 Oct

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I did some sketches from the Swansea Devil recently, down at Swansea Museum. Today I drew him onto a piece of prepared MDF board and started painting in a Pop Art style. I like Pop Art and I think it suits him because he’s got that sort of look about him. The sculptor has hewn and painted the wood very simply and boldly.

 

 

I prepared the board with a couple of coats of acrylic gesso and I’m using Liquitex acrylic paints which I’ll build it up in thin glazes.

 

 

I love drawing and I really enjoyed doing these sketches; painting, to me, is a bit like colouring in, the artistry for me comes in the drawing and the concept.

Herstory, Heroines and Swansea Satire

21 Jun

Bog Art and MWGA launch: Cinema & Co, Swansea, Tuesday July 9th from 18.30 – 20.30 with art, literature, short films, a pop-up kitchen and FREE CAKE! Please come along.

Rosie Scribblah and Patti McJones (aka The Revolting Women) are officially launching Bog Art alongside the launch of the satirical book “Making Wales Great Again” (M.W.G.A.) by Swansea author “Notsogreatdictator “.

 

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What is Bog Art?

If you want people as in “The People” to see art where’s the best place to put it? Art galleries are where art lives but not everyone see themselves as the sort of person who goes to art galleries which is why lots of people don’t go to art galleries, but everyone has to use the toilet!  So we thought why not let “The People” take in some culture as they take a seat in Cinema & Co.  We put artwork on the walls in the toilet in case you’re not very clear on exactly what we did.  All the work features women artists and heroines and is by me and Patricia McKenna Jones. We are both very interested in the role of women in history and art and take great pains to bring their often-forgotten contributions to light again.  Not just because they are women but also because their work and lives are uniquely inspiring and show a depth of commitment and skill that needs to be seen and recognised.

Herstory

 

My work is a set of silk screen prints of my favourite artists including Kathe Kollwitz. I’ve loved her work for many years and I think she’s one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century. I defy anyone to go around the Kathe Kollwitz gallery in Berlin and not cry – her work is profoundly moving. She suffered the tragedy of losing her son in World War 1 and her grandson in WW2 and her war memorial, ‘The Grieving Parents’ in the Vladsio German War Cemetery is imbued with a terrible sadness and hopelessness.

Heroines

Patti’s paintings are about women who fought to defeat fascism during WWII.  One is Noor Inayat Khan (1914-1944) a half Russian, half Indian Muslim woman who signed up to the Special Operations Executive (a secret army with the aim of helping resist Hitler):  She helped foil enemy operations in occupied France but was eventually captured and shot at Dachau after proving her worth many times over.

 

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M.W.G.A.

Swansea author Notsogreatdictator  (not his real name) is also launching his new book of satirical snippets based on the weirder and dafter aspects of life in Wales and especially Swansea. Copies will be available for sale and he’ll be there to sign them.

 

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Food, Drink and Cake

There will be a pop-up kitchen from Goggi (including vegan food), the excellently stocked Cinema & Co bar and FREE CAKE made by Patti, Notsogreatdictator and me.

Here’s How It Goes

Here’s the itinerary for the evening, we would love to see you there –

18:30-19:00
Grab some food and drink and Meet the Author and Artists
19:00-19:30
Short films and background to “Making Wales Great Again” and Bog Art
19:30-20:00
Question and answer session with the author
20:00 – 20.30
Book signing and Bog Art viewing

Oh The Glamour!

11 Jun

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The glamorous life of an artist – not! Recycling canvasses with gesso. There’s a lot of prep and hard work before anything ends up on a gallery wall.

Complementary

29 Apr

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I carried on painting today. I’m just doing a bit at a time because I tend to get very stressed over painting, which doesn’t happen when I draw or make original prints. So I’m just dashing over to it, slapping some acrylic paint on it, then dashing away to do something else. Today I put a wash of orange over the yellow towards the bottom of the canvas roll. It’s a complementary colour to the blue and I like using complementary colours – they create such intensity. I also started to block in some darker areas on the overalls, overlaying the cerulean with a red-biased pthalo blue. I’m using Liquitex Heavy Body acrylics, mostly transparent or translucent as I like layering glazes over each other. This is a portrait of the artist Patti McJones that I started 5 years ago, it’s a big piece, almost life size.

A Bit Less Slack

26 Apr

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That’s two days running now that I’ve picked up paintbrushes and got to work on some canvas. I did some more work on the head of my subject and the flowers in the background. I am using Liquitex Heavy Body translucent / transparent acrylics, thinned with water to build up overlaid glazes. It’s been a bit more interesting today, I let myself go a bit and enjoyed making patterns in the paint and I feel a bit less slack. Not a patch on woodcutting though ;D

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