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Scribbles, Screens And Sketches

19 Aug

Step 1

A while back, some years in fact, I made some photoscreens using little annotated drawings from one of my sketchbooks and I printed them up onto really nice Zerkall paper. Unfortunately, I didn’t like them. They didn’t seem, to me, to make the transition from sketch to screenprint. So I stuffed them in a draw and left them for a long time, thinking that I might reuse the paper in future.

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Earlier this week I did some really abstract scribbles, layering random marks of pastels onto paper and today I decided that’s what I would try to do with some of these discarded screenprints.

So I started scribbling away with a black Daler Rowney soft pastel, rubbing with my fingers in areas to get a more intense black.

Step 5

Tomorrow, I’ll work on some more layers to add more depth and colour.


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.

Getting Physical

16 Aug

KimRose 1

I normally scribble on my own but today I was facilitating an art session and started off with a physical art exercise to warm us up. A lot of people don’t realise how physical art can be. I think that’s maybe because a lot of people do art as a hobby and perhaps don’t go so far into the technology or the physically demanding side of it.

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I stuck a large sheet of paper from a roll onto a long table with masking tape and handed the other person a black chalky pastel. I had one too. Then we attacked the paper! No plans, no ideas, just scribble, jab, stipple, rub all over. After a few minutes it was covered in myriad shades and textures of black. Then we picked up white chalky pastels and did the same….. then some muted colours for a couple more layers. The results are fascinating, a bit like looking into infinity. Although it was just a warm-up exercise, these could be worked into collages or mixed media pieces.

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.

Quick Little Pastel

9 Aug


Today I was giving someone some tips for using pastels, so I thought the best way was to have a bit of a scribble myself. It’s so nice to work onto proper pastel paper; the darker tone of the paper and the toothed texture make a huge difference. That’s half the battle with art, using good quality materials that are suited to the job. I just did a quick post-impressionistic semi-abstract landscape in my usual scribbly style.


I am putting my series of drawings of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you’d like to see them, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

St Elvis

Ethereal, Insubstantial.

12 Apr
The third stone at Llechdwnni

The third stone at Llechdwnni

This is the latest of the series of drawings done en plein air out in the wilds of West Wales, the smallest of three fine stones on farmland near Llechdwnni Farm on the mountain between Ferryside and Pontyberem. I worked on top of some Fabriano Accademica paper that I had prepared with my own home-made walnut ink, diluted into several washes of different intensity. When I’m using prepared paper, I don’t decide which piece to use until I’m looking at what I’m going to draw, then I choose the one that I feel best suits the subject. The drawings are evolving, becoming more insubstantial, which seems odd given that they are massive stones, but their purpose and history are unknown and that, to me, is what makes them ethereal. I used carbon for the intense black, white conte crayon and three Daler Rowney artist pastels in a light blue and two shades of green.

Different Direction

27 Oct

Punjab storm 4 small

I spent April this year in Pakistan, on an artist residency. It’s taken a few months for me to make sense of the experience. It’s so different to my everyday life in Wales and the art that has been developing out of it has been very different too. I normally work with the human form, either as nudes or figures within cityscapes, but I’m now developing abstracted landscapes based on fleeting impressions I made in my travel sketchbook. I’ve been reinterpreting the sketches in monotype and in more considered drawings, in soft oil pastels onto heavyweight black paper.

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I’ve just framed up this set of four drawings for the Xmas show at Oriel Ceri Richards in the Taliesin Arts Centre. It opens on Friday November the 7th and runs until December the 23rd. These were based on fleeting sketches done during a spectacular thunderstorm on the road between Rawalpindi and Lahore. The colours were extraordinary, totally unlike anything I’d seen before.

Punjab Jamming 1

24 Jun


I’m trying something a bit different. Normally I draw from life, but today, instead of scribbling what’s in front of me, I’ve been using my recent pastel sketches from the Pakistani Punjab as a starting point. I’m not trying to copy them, but to use them as inspiration. Like a musician jamming, I suppose.


I’ve been drawing straight into my Daler Rowney Ebony sketchbook using Daler Rowney artist’s soft pastels. The sketchbook is size A4, spiral bound, with black acid-free paper, 180 gsm, a tidy weight.

New Homes

9 May

group 1

I’ve been collating the little pastel drawings I did into 2 Khadi handmade paper sketchbooks while I was travelling throught Pakistan and I’ve sprayed them with acrylic fixative to stop the fragile soft pastel from rubbing off  the surfaces. I needed to raise some funding for my residency and before I went, I offered sketchbook drawings in return for sponsorship. I was lucky enough to raise what I needed and these little drawings are my thank you to those individuals who helped me.

group 2It was a challenge for me to do all these drawings in such a short time and also to use pastels in this way, in such a small format, but I’m really pleased with the outcome and it’s opened up a new way of working for me. And next week, these little drawings will be winging their way to their new homes along with my thanks 🙂


28 Feb

28 recycled scribbles

Life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop tonight and I scribbled over a drawing I did a while back that hadn’t worked out. I used to be much more precious about my drawings and have portfolios stuffed full of them, waiting for a cull. But the last couple of years I’ve been ruthless. I’m using top quality paper and sketchbooks and it’s self-indulgent to keep poor drawings; I’m reusing the paper and getting some interesting results by drawing over existing work, rather than sketching straight onto pristine white paper. Tonight’s life drawing of a younger female model is overlaid onto one of an older male model, some of his bits are showing through which adds another dimension. In order to minimise the original figure I am forced to use far more materials and marks than I would normally, which takes me out of my comfort zone. Which is a good thing.

Drawn into a creamy Somerset hardbound sketchbook, 30cm square, over a double page, with chalky pastels.

A New Male Nude [parental guidance]

15 Jun

Got home late from life drawing last night, too tired to blog and today I’ve been framing and mounting prints all day for next week’s printmaking exhibition at Oriel Canfas in Cardiff. Then this evening Husb and I went to the opening of this year’s MA show at Ty Bryn Glas – excellent. I think it’s the best MA show I’ve seen, consistently high standards and lots of well-crafted, considered and beautiful work. Definitely worth seeing.

Anyway, here’s our soldier model who posed last night. This was a difficult one to draw. I deliberately went for an angle that gave me some foreshortening; his left foot was quite close but he was leaning sharply away so his head was noticeably smaller. His hands took a lot of effort.  It’s got potential; I might rework this as I like the pose a lot. It’s drawn with chalky pastels and compressed charcoal into my A3 Bockingford sketchbook, using both pages.

Chooks At The Vetch.

12 Mar

Had a nice diversion this afternoon after picking up my niece for babysitting. We went down to The Vetch Field, Swansea’s old soccer ground in the city centre, which has now been cleared and turned into allotments. There are chickens there too and the sprog and I spent an hour with sketchbooks, charcoal and pastels drawing the allotments and especially the chickens. Vetch is a type of wild legume and the field was transferred from The Swansea Gaslight Company in 1912 to the newly formed professional football team. It’s nice that now it’s been cleared, plants flourish there once again. Not all of it is allotments so maybe vetch will reestablish itself once again. The drawings are done in charcoal and oil pastels into a heavyweight cream Somerset sketchbook. I’ve never drawn chooks before – they don’t stop moving!

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