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Colour And Mark

12 Jul

colour 1

These images are from one of the exercises I ran at a women’s creative group last weekend. I called it ‘Drawing for the Terrified’ and it was a, hopefully, fun two hours that nevertheless did some serious drawing exercises.

My idea was to help inexperienced artists to gain confidence and skills while experienced artists had a chance to play and try things that maybe they hadn’t done for a while. For this one, focusing on colour and mark-making, I asked everyone to think of three significant events or people in their lives, positive or negative, and assign to each a colour and a type of mark and then to draw them onto a large, collective sheet of paper, as big or as small as they wanted. Then we took pre-cut mount (matte) boards and placed them over sections to look at the new images that emerged.

By connecting colour and mark with significant people or events, they became associated with an emotional response.

Jewel Like Intensity

11 Jul

scribble 4

Yesterday I blogged about the Action Scribbling exercise I did on Sunday, today I took some pre-cut mount (matte) boards and placed them over different parts of the large roll of multi-coloured scribble, isolating small areas from the whole and focusing attention on the detail in each of these smaller pieces. They have an amazing depth and jewel-like intensity to them.

There’s a feel of Abstract Expressionism about them and they could be framed up and hung as individual pieces of art in their own right but I’m thinking that maybe they would be good to use for collage.

Action Scribbling!

10 Jul

scribbling

I spent last Sunday with a lovely group of creative women in North Gower, gorgeous surroundings, and I ran a 2 hour art session called, ‘Drawing for the Terrified‘, where I aimed to demystify drawing and help people to feel comfortable with it. I started of with a group activity I call ‘Action Scribbling’. I taped a roll of paper along a table and put a few boxes of drawing materials out – chalky pastels, oily pastels, compressed charcoal and chalk and I asked each of the dozen participants to choose two, one for each hand and then we started to move very quickly around the table, scribbling onto the paper with both hands as we rushed around for 5 minutes. It was fun and at the end we had a table full of colour and movement, rather like a work like Jackson Pollock. I gave everyone a small mount card and asked them to find the smaller pictures within the larger one. It’s surprising what we discovered – landscapes, seascapes, beautiful abstracts…..

Walking And Drawing

8 Jul

walk and draw

I spent yesterday evening with a group of really lovely women at a creative arts workshop in the beautiful surroundings of North Gower. We went for a walk in the glorious sunshine and some us us did a ‘Walk And Draw’ which really focuses you on being very selective as you can’t draw everything in front of you – you’re on the move – and there’s way too much to draw in an ever-changing landscape anyway. It’s a good opportunity to get a bit abstracted and develop a shorthand of motifs for different features, a sort of storyline. For example, a sun-drenched path might be translated into a bright crescent swirl of white, an interesting building morphs into a few dynamic diagonals….. I used compressed charcoal, chalk and a soft ochre pastel onto brown parcel paper.

The Cockle Picker’s Warning

22 Feb

pastel-nude

I was supposed to be going off traipsing across South Wales today, drawing ancient standing stones with Dewi the prehistorian and Melvyn the filmmaker. I woke up to rain, not unusual in these parts and then Dewi rang to say he’d been talking to a cockle picker in Loughor who said the cockle pickers weren’t going out today because the weather was going to be too bad. If anyone should know, it’ll be a cockle picker. So we heeded the warning and I didn’t get to do any drawings for my blog today.

I’ve been blogging for about 6 years now and generally blog a new piece of art each day, even if it’s just a quick scribble in my sketchbook. But I have a huge amount of artwork that I did before my life of blogging so I’ll post one of these, a very quick nude drawn speedily with a block of chalky pastel into an A3 sketchbook.

 

I’m travelling across South Wales with prehistorian Dewi Bowen and filmmaker Melvyn Williams. Dewi is researching his new book, ‘Hunting The Wild Megalith’, based on the premise that the ancient Welsh legend, The Boar Hunt / Y Twrch Trwyth, from The Mabinogion, can be tracked across the sites of Neolithic monuments throughout the South Wales landscape and Melvyn is making a film of our journey. Here’s a short one he did late last year…..

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

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