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Popping Up

2 Sep


Earlier this evening I did my first ‘pop-up studio‘ at the Taliesin Arts Centre. My latest body of work, a collection of almost 30 pieces called ‘Er Gof’, is being exhibited in Oriel Ceri Richards Gallery and we (the art collective 15 Hundred Lives) have set up a temporary studio upstairs in the cinema foyer/bar. Two of us are taking turns doing a pop-up studio for a couple of hours before feature films throughout September, until our exhibition finishes on the 26th.


I sat and worked on a piece of vintage paper that I’d prepared with a layer of gold translucent silk screen ink, applied with a squeegee (but no screen). Continuing with the theme of the work in the exhibition, I did some intuitive drawings of heads using willow and compressed charcoal and carbon. It’s nearly finished, maybe another hour or so. It was great drawing in public. The first couple of hours was quiet but 4 people came in to sit down and talk to me. I like having conversations about art. The last hour was much busier as the cinema-goers arrived for a pre-film drink. Not so many conversations but lots of people hovering and looking at what I was doing.

The cinema is also showing our short video before each film this month. Here it is, showing the three of us and how we do our work.

In Someone Else’s Zone

1 Apr

glan 1

Husb and I went to a performance drawing event at the excellent local artspace, Creative Bubble, this evening to see artist Glan Jenkins working on a new drawing. I draw all the time so I’m used to being completely in the zone, cut off from the rest of the world as I get immersed in the emotional and physical experience of drawing. But this was the first time I have become immersed in someone else’s drawing experience. I was in the zone as Glan worked on his giant drawing and it was great to feel like that and yet have clean hands at the end. Result!

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I scribbled as Glan drew, into my A5 hardbacked sketchbook with graphite sticks in three colours – black, grey and gold. It’s always a challenge to draw figures in movement, I find that I end up working on a composite as it’s impossible to draw quickly enough to capture a fleeting movement.

Scribbling In Public

20 Mar

manier noir day 1I spent today with the 15 Hundred Lives art collective at the Creative Bubble artspace in the city centre. We hold a monthly 2-day public access art event where we use the space to do our own work and invite one or two guest artists to join us as well. We open our doors to the public so that people can come in and see what we do and how art is made. It was really hectic today, which was great but meant I didn’t do much work on my manier noir triptych drawing. It doesn’t matter though because I enjoy talking to people about my work, especially those who might not have had much experience of art. It’s also interesting to work with other artists because we learn from each other.

At this month’s event, ‘Weirdness and Kisses‘, I worked with Lucy Read and Chris Harrendence as well as the other members of the collective. This is our 18th event, we started in Summer 2013 and I have found that I really enjoy drawing in public, it’s a performance I guess, although not a scripted or structured one.  We’re at it again tomorrow – looking forward to it.

Drawing Dancing in the Dark

20 Nov

Ink drawing: seated dancer twice.


Last night I went to an AMAZING drawing and dance performance at the Volcano Theatre premises in Swansea, by Marega Palser and three other dancers. I’m not normally a huge fan of dance, but this combination of extreme movement, creative soundtrack and spontaneous drawing was fantastic. Marega also had an exhibition of her drawings and monotypes along the walls and several pieces of drawing-based animations. True to form I took my sketchbook and scribbled! There was no seating – the performance moved around and so did the audience which gave me a lot more freedom to draw than in a conventional theatre.

Ink drawing: dancer in a cell.


The dancers had those strange dancerish bodies [sorry – don’t mean it nastily] which gives them a very Egon Schiele feel. They were pushing their physiques to the limit and the some of the extreme poses they struck were great to draw. The dancer above is very tall and thin but has strong calves and feet, which seem to anchor her frail torso to the skin of the planet. They used lighting very creatively with minimal props and this piece looked like it was set in a cell, very claustrophobic even though we were in a huge room – an old furniture showroom.


Ink drawing: dancer in movement.


Drawing figures in movement is also challenging, especially as I’m used to working with professional life models who stay completely still. I had to quickly respond to rapid changes and so some of my drawings became composites of different poses and angles, like this one above which is an amalgamation of the dancer in about half a dozen different positions.


The drawings are in Faber Castell Pitt pens into a recycled sari sketchbook, around A5 in size. The show is called ‘Sometimes We Look’ and it’s really exciting and innovative. The Swansea run is finished but it’s moving to Chapter in Cardiff next week and then onto Aberystwth Arts Centre. Try and catch it – I’ve never seen anything like it.

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