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Way Too Cute!

24 Feb

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I took my teenage niece with me to do a spot of puppy-sitting yesterday and I also took a drawing board, some beautiful vintage paper – Saunders from the Wooky Hole paper mill in Somerset – and charcoal, compressed and willow. I intended to do some portrait drawing of my niece, but I reckoned without the puppies! Way, way too cute and irresistible to a teenager apparently.

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I don’t know what she heard when I said,  “Keep still so I can draw you”. I think she heard, “Just roll around on the floor with the puppies then and don’t worry about keeping still so I can draw you!!!!!!!” So I did my best, but the little critters were a major distraction and I had to catch impressions of her as she cuddled the little tinkers. Ah well.

Canine Couture

13 Feb


I spent a lovely afternoon at Galerie Simpson, Swansea’s newest arthouse, helping with the new exhibition which opens tomorrow. And I spent a half hour drawing the delightful gallery puppies, Sonny and Betty, in their couture puppy jackets.

The new show features original prints by contemporary artists including Gavin Turk, Jamie Reid and Gary Hume alongside work from local artists at Swansea Print Workshop. I have a large male nude monotype in the show and there are beautiful etchings, collagraphs, silkscreen prints and lino cuts from 2 dozen Swansea Printmakers. The show opens tomorrow between 4 and 7pm at 222 High Street, Swansea and runs until Easter, opening Tuesday through to Saturday.

The puppies were drawn with graphite into my A5 Tate Gallery sketchbook. They wriggle a lot which made sketching quite difficult, but it’s good practice to try out different anatomy for a change.

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