Tag Archives: Rosehill Quarry

Making A Mark In The Park

29 May

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I was browsing through some of my completed sketchbooks this evening, I don’t know how many I have, I’ve not counted them all. This sketch caught my eye because I hardly ever do landscapes. This one is particularly rich in textures so I was able to let rip with mark-making. I don’t know why I didn’t carry on with this sort of thing for a while – maybe I’ll take a walk to Rosehill Quarry Community Park on my daily exercise again, with a sketchbook. There’s a Facebook group about Rosehill Quarry that’s worth a visit – here.

Cockle Shells And A Labyrinth

15 Aug

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Thirty one years ago I was working on a local environmental programme, The Rosehill Quarry Project, a community-led scheme to clear and renovate an old quarry near the city centre and turn it into a nature reserve and leisure area for local people. One of the things we did was to work with Welsh prehistorian, Dewi Bowen, to cut a Cretan labyrinth into the turf and line it with cockle shells, a local resource from the Gower Peninsula cockle industry. Over the years, people have gathered to maintain the labyrinth and there was a work group just a week or so ago.

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The labyrinth after last week’s renovation. Photograph by Martin Slucutt.

 

I did the drawing above onto newspaper with pastels, charcoal and chalk, from the first viewing point on the path up to Pantycelyn Road.

 

 

Bat Walk

19 Sep

Bat Watch

Husb and I spent a happy hour or so up at the lovely Rosehill Quarry this evening with a load of other people on a ‘bat walk’ headed up by Swansea University’s Dr. Dan Foreman. I had a scribble of course, with a 6B graphite stick into my ‘cat’ notebook. I focused on making marks to represent the tree-studded quarry bowl in an abstracted manner. A couple of bats made it into the picture. Not the vampire bats that Dr. Foreman mentioned though, just Pipistrelles. Apparently the warmth of our collected bodies attracted gnats and midges (oh yes, they made their presence felt) and the bats were attracted to the insects. We were like a sort of batty fast food joint.

 

 

A lot of my artwork is available on my Artfinder gallery.  If you’d like to have a look, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

Gors Fawr, near Mynachlog-ddu in the Preseli mountains, a lush green bog fringed with glowing hills.

 

Cold Scribbling

19 Jan

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Husb and I trekked up Constitution Hill a couple of hours ago so I could go and draw in the twilight in Rosehill Quarry. The Hill is extremely steep and cobbled, cycling races are held on it, and we had a good workout. The Quarry was still covered in snow. I find it useful to draw when it’s really cold because it forces me to be very quick and capture the essence, or an impression, of what’s there instead of labouring to do a topographical landscape drawing, which has always been my problem with trying out landscapes in the past.

I drew this into my 15cm square handmade Khadi paper sketchbook with compressed charcoal, conte crayon and white oil pastel over a grey ink wash. Now we’re off to a restaurant and a party. Still some life left in the old dogs yet 😀

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