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Simple Heads No. 1

31 Aug

I get so precious about my art work sometimes to the point where I can hardly do anything so I’m trying to do a simple head a day for a while, see how I get on. Normally I work directly from life but I’m going to work from imagination on these, which is way out of my comfort zone, but that’s ok. I started this by drawing directly onto Khadi paper with a black soft pastel (Daler Rowney artists series) then I sprayed it with fixative so it wouldn’t get too messy. After that dried I had a bit of a play with gouache paint in cerulean blue, magenta, lemon yellow and white, trying to keep things as free as possible.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left and to see the complete image.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

Scribbling On Zoom

18 Aug

I was at a Zoom meeting this evening and I had a bit of a scribble, with a ballpoint pen onto my lined notepad. Just a quick one to keep my hand in. I like the proportions of the Zoom box, that elongated landscape format.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left and to see the complete image.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

Background Painting

17 Aug

I carried on working on the background in my family zoom quiz painting, putting in the bit of the living room I could see over the upper edge of my laptop. I like it better than my original idea of having the individual ‘boxes’ just hanging in blackness.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left and to see the complete image.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

I Thought I’d Finished …. I Was Wrong

9 Aug

I decided to do some more work on the big Family Pandemic Zoom Quiz painting I (thought I’d) completed earlier in the year. The original had a plain black border, but in reality the laptop sits on my lap (the clue’s in the name) and I can see part of my living room over the top. There’s also a load of digital gubbins at the bottom of the screen and then there’s what’s on the top of the keyboard bit as well. So more complicated and more real is the way to go. I’ve just started sketching in the living room bit at the top of the painting at the moment – lots of work to do, might be almost as demanding as the set of portraits. Here’s the original below.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left and to see the complete image.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

Herstory And The Artist Support Pledge

14 Sep

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A while back I did a series of screenprint portraits, I call them “Herstory”, of women artists I greatly admire. I don’t like to have favourites but perhaps top of my list – just – is the incomparable Käthe Kollwitz, active in Germany from the late 19th century to the end of World War 2. Her life, her work and her politics are fascinating and I think that she should be far better known than she is. But unfortunately that’s true of many women artists. 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. But she was also an energetic political campaigner and social rights activist. A wonderful artist and human being.

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These are the original 8, I’ve always intended that the series will be ongoing and I’ll be adding to them soon. I’ve only exhibited them a couple of times – so many galleries don’t want a series of work, just one or two pieces. I’m going to be releasing these for sale over the next couple of months, beginning with Käthe this week, through the  Artist Support Pledge which was set up to help artists sell work through these uncertain Covid19 times.

 

 

 

A Local Hero

12 Nov

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I spent a lovely afternoon at GS Artists on Swansea’s High Street, working with fellow artist Patti McKenna-Jones, running a collage workshop. It was organised by GS Artists director, Jane, and Amina from Fusion as part of Swansea’s second annual 9-90 arts festival. Our theme this year is “Local Hero” and Jane and Amina chose that marvellous actor and philanthropist Michael Sheen as our subject.

 

We had a great group of people, some experienced artists familiar with collage and some who had never done it before. They all approached it differently and brought their own style to each piece. The session was only 2 hours but they worked really fast and did loads of work, although there wasn’t enough time to finish. They took their collages away with their “pallettes” of coloured paper shards so they can finish them at home, ready to exhibit.

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The 9-90 Festival is inviting people to submit portraits of Michael Sheen to be shown at GS Artists in December. Please click here to find out more.

We’re Not Proud

9 Nov

From November 9th at Cinema & Co, Swansea, the new BogArt exhibition by me and Patti McJones.

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Art is mostly exhibited in galleries and museums that can be quite intimidating to many people, so Patti and I took up an offer by Anna, the owner of Cinema & Co, to use her substantial toilets to exhibit some of our work. We call it BogArt – art in the bogs – and it’s very democratic because people don’t have to go to a gallery but everyone has to go to the toilet. We’re not too proud to show our work here.

The work will be up for a few months but please look at Cinema and Co’s website for opening times. And here’s a short film of us talking about it …

 

 

 

 

Heads On Show

4 Nov

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I did this suite of portrait heads based on drawings from my first visit to Pakistan a few years back. I used polyurethane foamboard, the sort used by signwriters, instead of lino or wood. The block below is the one on the left in the middle row above, inked up and printed.

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They’ve never been exhibited as a group before but they will be very soon, in Swansea’s Cinema & Co from this coming Saturday, November 9th.

Africa In Madeira

4 Apr

 

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Husb and I spent a few days in Madeira, an amazing place, and we went and explored the Monte Palace Tropical Gardens and Museum in Funchal, after a crazy ride up the mountain in a cable car swinging wildly in the wind.

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There’s a fabulous permanent exhibition, “African Passion” from sculptors from Zimbabwe in the 1960s.  I had a scribble with some conté crayons in white, sanguine and black onto grey tinted handmade paper. The two beautiful sculped heads that I drew are by Boira Mteki (1946-1991).

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It’s rare to be able to see so many, over 1,000, artworks from Africa from many artists, and the effect is extraordinary and the tropical gardens surrounding the museum are also spectacular.

A Bit Of A Lift

3 Apr

Husb and I have spent a few days in Madeira, a gorgeous mountainous island in the Atlantic. The climate is wonderful so we set out with a picnic and drawing materials to climb and explore the upper reaches of Camara do Lobos. The little terracotta tiled houses are scattered higgledy piggledy up the steep slopes, reached either by winding roads snaking their way up precipices or via incredibly steep footpaths and steps that are almost vertical, and in places quite terrifying, but much more interesting as they lead to all sorts of nooks and crannies.

It seems that every spare scrap of land is cultivated and we passed papayas, tangerines, figs, bananas, dates, custard apples, avocados and fruits we weren’t familiar with, possibly loquats and tamarillo. But above all, grape vines, millions of them. We stopped to eat our sandwiches and I had a scribble onto handmade paper tinted grey, using Daler Rowney soft pastels. When I got back to the hotel, I thought the drawing needed something to lift it a bit so I touched up the wooden struts supporting the vibes using a white pastel. I think it’s made the world of difference.

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