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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.

 

 

 

In The SPace

5 Dec

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Swansea Print Workshop has a temporary artspace, The SPace, in the heart of the city and one of the benefits is that it gives our members a pop up gallery. Here are my series of screenprinted portraits of women artists who inspire me and four of my drawings of ancestral burial sites in Pembrokeshire – I drew them in the rain a few weeks ago. There’s also a collagraph fox by Kara Seaman and a drawing by Hannah Lawson.

The SPace is open to the public Wednesdays to Saturdays, 11.30 – 5.00 until the middle of February.

Tomorrow I Scribble!

16 Jun

Here’s a short video that Husb edited together from a digital drawing I did some time ago. I used a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 with a free Markers app and saved the drawing frequently, which showed the progress of the drawing. The model is a young artist who poses for our local life drawing group and I drew him about a year ago. It’s interesting seeing these digital drawings edited together, it gives me an idea of how I draw. I’m not aware of it at the time, it’s something I do instinctively.

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I’ve done very little daily drawing for a few weeks now; I’ve been so busy making a series of 10 screenprints based on artists that inspire me and there’s been no time for sketching. So tomorrow I’m back to wandering around with my sketchbooks and pens and a few lumps of graphite and some white conte crayon in my bag. Tomorrow I scribble!

Artist And Bird

3 Jun

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I’m cracking on with the series of screenprints I’m doing on dead women artists. This is my edition (of 25) featuring Paula Modersohn-Becker. In the next week I’ll complete editions on another 5 artists, eight in all. I’ll be taking them to sell at the London Art Car Boot Fair the weekend after next. So I’d better get my skates on! That’s Richard The Bird in the background.

Big Hair And Jimjams

6 Oct

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Husb and I were in Cardiff yesterday to go to the opening of Sarah Hopkins’ new exhibition of screenprints at the Fountain Gallery. As we drove through the city at lunchtime, I spotted this chap out in the street,chatting on his mobile phone in his pajamas. I took a sneaky snap and drew from it with the Magic Marker app on my Samsung Galaxy S8. He has very big hair.

Draw, Print, Draw

28 Aug

Carrying on from yesterday’s bloggage about the Drawn To Print project, I’ve been immersed in drawing today too. The drawing on the left is one I did a couple of years ago, on BFK Rives 250 gsm paper coloured with metallic System 3 acrylic and drawn in Faber Castell Pitt pens. I then used it to develop into a block print, cutting the design into an offcut of signwriters foamboard and printed in black litho/relief oil-based ink onto Zercoll 145 gsm. Today, I used the print to develop another drawing, using a dip pen and Indian ink onto Fabriano Accademica 120 gsm. And next…..? Why, I fancy a screenprint. This could keep on going and going………

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