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Santa Came To Swansea

21 Nov

Santa came to Swansea this evening, which was lovely. A really happy moment after the last 18 months. Santa’s Parade was cancelled last year so it was even more precious this year, bringing friends and families together to enjoy something traditional but also modern and contemporary. I think I watched kids’ faces more than the parade, they were screaming and squealing with excitement. We had a little three year old relative with us, his first Santa’s Parade and his sheer joy was beautiful to see. I managed one scribble before I got wrapped up in the spectacle. It’s a good opportunity to draw kids sitting on their Dads’ shoulders.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage 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.

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

Cube Head And Bright-eyed Aliens

21 Nov

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A Cubehead, based on a photograph by Kathryn Trussler

 

Husb and I went to Santa’s Parade in Swansea’s City Centre on Sunday evening. I thought the best float and costumes were the ones with @Swansea2021, our city’s bid to be UK City of Culture in 4 years time. Lots of artists made costumes to go along with the float, which was a gigantic mirrored cube on the back of a lorry, very effective. Which is why the artists became Cubeheads.

 

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The @Swansea2021 Cube and bright-eyed aliens turn out for Santa. Photograph by Melvyn Williams.

 

I drew from a photograph by artist Kathryn Trussler into my A5 lined notebook, the Cat’s Meow Journal by Peter Pauper Press using a biro (ballpoint pen).

Waiting For Santa

19 Nov

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Santa arrived in Swansea this evening and Husb and I went along to watch Santa’s parade through the city centre. I love this every year. Big cities get fancy, expensive floats sponsored by big business but the thing I like best about our annual parade is that so much of it is home-made and a little bit wobbly. The dance troupes are sometimes not as choreographed as they might be and the marching bands a little off-key and the costumes definitely on the enthusiastic amateur side, but that’s the charm and fun of it all. And it makes no difference at all to the huge family crowds who turn out to watch. The kids are besides themselves with excitement.

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Of course, I had a few scribbles. Little kids are fun to draw, enormous heads, scrunched-up faces and impossibly skinny Bambi legs. I drew into my A5 lined sketchbook with a biro (ballpoint) pen. My favourite float was the huge mirrored cube that’s travelling the city to raise support for Swansea2021, our city’s bid to be the next UK City of Culture. We’re in the final four and should know the result in about 3 weeks. Fingers crossed.

 

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