Tag Archives: pastels

From One Hill To Another

30 Nov

I’m going to be working in the Waun Wen area of the city for the next few months and I’ve booked the lovely community centre twice a week, as a base in the locality and as an occasional artist studio. Today was rainy but I managed to get in a drawing between showers. Here’s the view from the community centre, which is on a hill, across the valley to Kilvey Hill opposite. I used Daler Rowney soft pastels onto vintage paper, size A3.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage 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.

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

Scribbling On The Common

22 Sep

Husb and I had a few days away last week, cautiously enjoying the relaxation in lockdown rules. We spent some time in the Lake District and I did a bit of scribbling out walking on the glorious Birkrigg Common. I used Daler Rowney Artist’s Pastels onto hand made Khadi paper. I’m facing North West in this photo, a few hundred metres behind me is the double stone circle known as The Druid’s Circle. It’s very rare – only 15 of the 250 stone circles in England are concentric so it’s protected as an Ancient Monument.

This is me with my young nephew who has been helped enormously by LATCH: The Children’s Cancer Charity over the past 3 years. We’ve got together to raise funds for LATCH, which is a small independent charity. Please click on the link below to find out more. Thanks xxx

LATCH, The Children’s Cancer Charity, Painting Fundraiser

I’ve been painting these ‘fakes’ with Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook since lockdown started in Spring 2020. I’m selling some of them to raise funds for this lovely charity which has given so much support to my young relative over the past few years.

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If you would like to see the paintings and maybe buy one, please click on the boats picture to visit the page. Thanks xxx

From Sketch To Drawing

30 Jun

I have sketchbooks stuffed full of drawings stuffed into cupboards but I rarely work from them, once they’re done they tend to be forgotten. So I’ve decided to go back to them and try and develop something using different materials.

This is a recent sketch in ballpoint pen done in a local quarry. It’s linear and very much about mark making and I wanted to take it into colour so I used soft oil pastels (Daler Rowney) onto a very textured heavyweight Khadi handmade paper. I’ve been looking at some other artists whose use of colour I admire – historically Gabriele Munter and contemporary artists Christian Niblo Lloyd and Aletha Kuschan and they’ve inspired me to try and let go of my almost obsessive detailed ballpoint sketching into something more expressive.

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.

Random Faffing

5 Aug

pastel 2

I’m trying to loosen up and be more spontaneous when I’m making art, I tend to faff around and fuss and get lost in detail and it’s hard for me to just let go. I’m taking a leaf out of the Surrealist artists book and doing some random creative exercises. I coloured a load of paper with pastels a while back, with a few other people, making random marks all over the sheets. I ripped them up and today I just threw them down and photographed them. Digital cameras – brilliant! The background is a sheet of paper I’d brushed with my home-made walnut ink. I don’t know what will come out of this. I’ll carry on and see where it gets me ….. or not.

 

Impression Of Heat

21 Dec

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I did some quick, impressionistic sketches while I was walking around on my visit to Portugal a couple of weeks ago. The earth is stratified, horizontally and vertically and made up of bright hot colours, reds, oranges, yellows and browns which contrast so vividly with the brilliant blue of the sky and sea.

I used Daler Rowney artist quality soft pastels into a 15cm square Khadi paper sketchbook, The paper is lovely, very textured, heavy and deckle-edged. I think it’s worth paying out for really good quality materials because a little goes a long way. These pastels have lasted me ages and there’s plenty more pigment left.

Easy Exercise

6 Sep

Hope

I’ve been running some art sessions locally, developing simple exercises to introduce techniques to people who maybe don’t have much confidence in their abilities at first. I wanted to do something that uses pastels and text so, working on black paper, I encouraged people to make a few simple marks with soft pastels turned on their sides and then write a single word repetitively across the background to create a dynamic texture. Very simple but quite effective, I think, and easily accessible.

 

 

A lot of my artwork is available on my Artfinder gallery.  If you’d like to have a look, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

Gors Fawr, near Mynachlog-ddu in the Preseli mountains, a lush green bog fringed with glowing hills.

Complex Fragments

31 Aug

Scribble 2

I’ve zoomed in on parts of the random scribbles I’ve been doing over discarded screenprints lately. These fragments are complex images in their own right. I’ll probably end up using them for collages but for the moment I’m enjoying them as they are.

 

 

A lot of my artwork is available on my Artfinder gallery.  If you’d like to have a look, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

Back To Scribbling

30 Aug

Scribble 1

I returned to scribbling onto recycled prints today. This is an old screenprint that I didn’t like when I did it but it’s on a gorgeous Zerkall paper that’s too good to throw away, so I scribbled all over it. I took some digital photos of the result and here is a small section of it that  I photographed digitally. I spend a lot of time on these seemingly random scribbles, working into many of the marks with my fingers to soften and smudge. I used top quality Daler Rowney soft pastels.

 

 

A lot of my artwork is available on my Artfinder gallery.  If you’d like to have a look, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

Putting It Together

26 Aug

Making an artwork can sometimes be quick and spontaneous but is often a set of processes that finally come together. That’s the way I developed the collage that I made yesterday at the Mill Lane Arts Week in Cardiff. I rummaged around in my plans chest for old discarded prints that hadn’t worked out to my satisfaction, linocuts and screenprints, the paper is too good to waste so they get squirreled away to be reused.

Millane 3

I worked on top of a large discarded linocut and collaged a fragment of a two-colour screenprint that hadn’t worked out.

 

Over the previous week, I had been scribbling over some unused screenprints and also some vintage papers with Daler Rowney soft pastels, working randomly building up layers of colour and texture. I used these extensively to build up detail on my collage.

 

So my final piece started some years ago with disappointment in the print studio – happy accidents.

Millane 4

 

 

A lot of my artwork is available on my Artfinder gallery.  If you’d like to have a look, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

Urban Shredder

25 Aug

Millane 1

Husb and I spent the day in Cardiff at the Mill Lane Arts Week en plein air public art event. Most of the artists there today were painting but I don’t really ‘get’ paint so I did a collage. I’ve been preparing collage papers all week ( please see the last few blog posts) and I got stuck into shredding and sticking the urban cityscape in front of me.

Millane 2

I worked onto a discarded print, a large linocut that hadn’t worked out but turned on its side, it was a good starting point. Then I added some large-ish areas of colour and texture from some unwanted screen prints, then began shredding in earnest to build up detail. I had wondered about working in some linear details with conté crayon or oil bars, but in the end I liked the rough abstract nature of it.

Loads of artists have been working en plein air throughout the week and our work is on display on Level 2, 10, Mill Lane, Cardiff for the next few days, if you’re anywhere near.

 

 

A lot of my artwork is available on my Artfinder gallery.  If you’d like to have a look, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

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