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OUCH!

27 Oct

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I’m carrying on with my painting of the Swansea Devil but the work is painfully slow, literally! I was over-enthusiasitic on my allotment a few weeks ago and wrenched my right arm. I thought it would go after a couple of days but it’s still painful, not getting any better and I’m having real trouble drawing, painting, even getting my coat on and off.

I’m trying to use my left arm as much as possible and it’s okay for painting larger areas but no good where I need fine details. I often do drawing exercises including drawing with my left hand, it’s good practice and has improved how much I can do with my left hand, but it’s still very limiting.

 

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I’m going to try and get an appointent with a physiotherapist to see if they can sort something out, but for the next week or two I’m going to have to give my right arm a rest and use my left a lot more. I did a fair bit of the underpainting today with my left hand and very quickly sketched the facial details in with my right, but I could only work on it for a few minutes. The Liquitex Heavy Body is great, very fluid and easy to use and I’m building it up with layers of thin glazes to give me rich, vibrant colours and dynamic brushwork.

Carrying On …..

23 Oct

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So I’ve been carrying on painting the Swansea Devil’s portrait today, in between loads of other things. One good thing about painting with acrylics is that it’s bitty, I can do a bit then go off and do something else while it’s drying. When I’m drawing or printmaking, I spend hours, even days working on a piece so it’s quite relaxing really to be doing an acrylic painting. After a chequered career, the Swansea Devil now lives at Swansea Museum. He likes visitors.

Diawl Abertawe / The Swansea Devil

22 Oct

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I did some sketches from the Swansea Devil recently, down at Swansea Museum. Today I drew him onto a piece of prepared MDF board and started painting in a Pop Art style. I like Pop Art and I think it suits him because he’s got that sort of look about him. The sculptor has hewn and painted the wood very simply and boldly.

 

 

I prepared the board with a couple of coats of acrylic gesso and I’m using Liquitex acrylic paints which I’ll build it up in thin glazes.

 

 

I love drawing and I really enjoyed doing these sketches; painting, to me, is a bit like colouring in, the artistry for me comes in the drawing and the concept.

Living Legend

8 Dec

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Husb and I went to a talk at Swansea Art College featuring living legend artist Sir Peter Blake, one of the original Pop Artists and still practicing at the age of 86. He’s a fascinating character and it was great to hear him talking about the examples of the work shown. I managed a scribble, even though I was sitting far away and could only glimpse him between lots of other people. Sir Peter has an exhibition of his work opening at the Glynn Vivian art gallery tomorrow (December the 8th) and he’s also doing the official opening of the Swansea Open as well – it’s at 2.30pm so if you’re in town, call in …..

 

 

 

Motivation

6 Jun

Pop Art Head 1

I work part-time for a charity for people who are homeless, delivering art and craft sessions in different venues across the city. It’s much easier to engage people in crafts than in fine art, crafting seems to be more accessible and less threatening. I try out different things to motivate people who don’t think that they can paint or draw or sculpt to engage with art. I recently ordered a stencil book,  bought in some small square canvasses and did a quick little stencil painting during today’s session. It certainly attracted a lot of attention.

Pop Art Head 2

I used a stencil brush to put on the basic image in black acrylic (Liquitex Heavy Body) and while it was drying I cleaned the stencil on a piece of blue kitchen towel with a wet-wipe. I really like the ethereal image that appeared on the towel. Then I added some brush strokes in light blue and orange to give it a 1960s Pop Art feel. It was very quick and showed people how they could think about using stencils and paint to create artwork for their new homes. It also taught people quite a bit about how to use paint, without them realising it. I’m not a big fan of painting but I really like the Liquitex, it’s very strongly pigmented and can be thinned out to use in translucent washes, as with the stripes, or used fairly impasto, as I did with the stencil.

 

WAM night June 2018

Pop Goes The Bluestone

10 Aug

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This is the final drawing I did last week on our two-day drawing  / archaeology / filming trip to Pembrokeshire. It’s a beautiful site, Gors Fawr, near Mynachlog-ddu in the Preseli mountains, a lush green bog fringed with glowing hills, dotted with a stone circle and two outliers constructed from bluestone. It’s the last drawing I’ll be doing for a few weeks as I must now concentrate on getting the work ready for my solo show next month, but we hope to resume our hunt for wild megaliths throughout the Autumn. You can see Dewi Bowen, archaeologist and Melvyn Williams, filmaker in the photo above. We’ve been doing this for seven months and there are still plenty more ancestral monuments to visit, draw, film and write about.

Circle 2

Each monument, each ancient site, affects me in different ways and this carries over into my drawings. It’s easier to draw a standing stone or chambered tomb than a stone circle  as the subject is smaller, more focused, not spread across a large area, so I’ve tended towards far more abstraction with the circles. I work quickly and intuitively and don’t really see what I’ve done until it’s finished. This was a surprise – it’s quite Pop Art. I’m starting to think that it might translate nicely into a silkscreen print. But not until the Autumn!

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Purple ling and yellow gorse at Carn Llidi near St. Davids.

Since February, I have been travelling across South Wales with Rhondda-born archaeologist Dewi Bowen and Swansea film maker Melvyn Williams; cold and stormy, hot and humid, up mountains, through slurry, mud and bog, in all weathers accompanied by my portable drawing board, portfolio of Fabriano paper and a bag full of assorted artist’s materials.  Dewi is researching his latest book on Neolithic monuments and Melvyn is making a documentary film of our literary and artistic adventures.

I’ve done around 50 drawings now and these will be exhibited in my solo show in The Worker’s Gallery in the Rhondda Valley in September. Please click here to find out more about it.

And if you want to see some of my other artwork, please click on the image below.

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Top End Boomer

13 Jan

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And another recent Baby Boomer sketch, using a graphite stick into an A5 spiral bound sketchbook. This is someone at the upper end of the Boomer demographic, which goes from 1946 to 1964. As a generation we cover a huge range of cultural influences, music from rock’n’roll through rock, glam rock and heavy metal to punk; art from Abstract Expressionism through Pop Art to the beginnings of Conceptual art and politics from Socialism through Thatcherism and Blairism and back to Thatcherism again . Interesting times.

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