Tag Archives: Patricia McKenna Jones

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.



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.


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.




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.



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 –

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

Banners And Badges

29 Aug

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Here’s another drawing I did into my A4 hardbacked sketchbook on Bank Holiday Monday, during the celebration of the anniversary of the first women’s peace march to Greenham Common in 1981.  This is at the first part of the commemoration, at Alexandra Gardens in Cardiff, and there’s one of the protesters with her cap covered in vintage political badges peeping from behind one of the wonderful embroidered banners. Here’s my fellow artist from Swansea, Patricia McKenna Jones, who also loves to scribble in public and draws an artblog.


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I didn’t go on the original protest but I joined 30,000 others at the huge “Embrace The Base” event in 1982, when I was a young whippersnapper. I didn’t realise how many women were there because we were spread out along the perimeter fence, holding hands. We didn’t know at the time that this was historic, you don’t, do you? You just do what you think is right and then decades go by and suddenly you’re history! And how did those decades fly by so quickly?



9 Sep

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I carried on working today at the Creative Bubble artspace in Swansea’s Cradock Street with fellow artist Patricia McKenna Jones. Patricia has taken the space for a few days to develop some new work and invited other artists to join her. I thought I could do with a few days experimenting so I stuck a huge piece of Fabriano Accademica paper on the wall, about 1.5 x 2 metres and started making intuitive marks, first with compressed charcoal and then with Winsor & Newton oil bars.


Patricia making monotypes based on her sketchbook drawings

The mark-making I’m doing isn’t anything new, the Abstract Expressionists were at it throughout the 1940s and 1950s but it’s new for me. I normally work quite formally from life, drawing from things in front of me. It’s a departure for me to work without subject matter, without realism and without an ultimate aim. It was hard on the first day but now, on day 2, I’m relaxing into it.

From the left, today starting with what I did yesterday, mostly compressed charcoal with some streaks of scarlet and a little Alizarin Crimson, then Yellow Ochre, more Alizarin Crimson and finally Hooker’s Green.

Oh …. and I decided to work entirely with my left hand today (I’m right handed) and it made such a difference, I am much more relaxed and intuitive, the marks more varied.



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.


The Collective

19 Jan

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Isolation can be good for an artist, giving the opportunity for reflection and concentration, but it can also be …. well ….  isolating. I’m a member of a couple of artist collectives and I find this gives me the best of both worlds, because I can share ideas and workload with others when I need to.


The 15 Hundred Lives collective has a regular gig at Swansea’s Creative Bubble for 2 days each month. It started because we wanted to have some space to work together occasionally and also to work on things that might be too big for our studios. But, as a group committed to democratising art, we also liked the idea of throwing the door open so that the public could come in and see what we do and appreciate the artistic process. And we also wanted to give other artists the chance to work occasionally as part of a group and have access to a great space.


So here we are. We’ve just finished our 6th session over 6 months and it looks like we might be able to continue throughout the year. Lots of people wander in to look around and chat to us and artists are keen to come in and use the wall space. Graham Parker and this month’s guest artist, Patricia McKenna-Jones are in the top picture; Graham working on an abstract painting and Patricia on a drawn collage composed of drawings she’s made onto newspaper from her sketchbook studies. Then there’s Sylvie Evans, using the window space to construct a collage from left-over Xmas materials and I’m in the third picture working directly onto newspapers.

melAnd here’s our guest artist from last month, Melanie Ezra, who popped in to use some spare wall to put up her work in progress so she could see what it looks like in a large gallery space. She also too the opportunity to chat to the public and other artists about the piece to get their opinions.

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