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Keep Still!

15 Aug

Keep still

Why is it that the minute, THE VERY MINUTE, that you start sketching a sleeping cat they fidget??!! We’re just trained monkeys. Nothing more. ย ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

 

 

A lot of my artwork is available on my Artfinder gallery. ย 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.

Somewhere Special To Look At Mobile Phones

14 Aug

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Husb and I just got back from Oriel Ceri Richard’s Gallery, at Taliesin Art Centre, which has been at the centre of protests in recent months because of plans by Swansea University to close it. It was opened in 1984 and named after Welsh painter Ceri Richards. It has showcased local, national and international artists, living and dead, over the past two and a bit decades. When we arrived, there was no art on the walls but lots of photos of artists who have exhibited there over the years; there I am above with the 15 Hundred Lives collective, fellow artists Graham Parker and Sylvie Evans.

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Someone had brought some coloured chalks so I started scribbling, of course. It’s like being a kid again but without grown ups to tell you off ๐Ÿ˜€ Once I started drawing I was oblivious to anything else. The University wants the space for ‘an enhanced student experience’. The artist’s impression shows a playgroup-type space with lots of students sitting around on boxes looking at their mobile phones. Because they need somewhere special to look at their mobile phones, don’t they? It’s such a shame that a gallery with such a good reputation is being lost to the area. The University seems to have forgotten that the Taliesin Arts Centre, which houses the gallery, was mainly funded by Swansea’s local communities through a public Development Appeal Fund in the 1960s. And now the public is to be deprived of it. ย Here’s a petition if you’d like to sign it.

 

 

A lot of my artwork is available on my Artfinder gallery. ย 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.

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!

Scribbling In Public

20 Mar

manier noir day 1I spent today with the 15 Hundred Lives art collective at the Creative Bubble artspace in the city centre. We hold a monthly 2-day public access art event where we use the space to do our own work and invite one or two guest artists to join us as well. We open our doors to the public so that people can come in and see what we do and how art is made. It was really hectic today, which was great but meant I didn’t do much work on my manier noir triptych drawing. It doesn’t matter though because I enjoy talking to people about my work, especially those who might not have had much experience of art. It’s also interesting to work with other artists because we learn from each other.

At this month’s event, ‘Weirdness and Kisses‘, I worked with Lucy Read and Chris Harrendence as well as the other members of the collective. This is our 18th event, we started in Summer 2013 and I have found that I really enjoy drawing in public, it’s a performance I guess, although not a scripted or structured one.ย  We’re at it again tomorrow – looking forward to it.

Filling In The Spaces

30 Dec

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Here’s another digital drawing I did yesterday when I was visiting friends in Pembrokeshire. It was blowing a gale and I only had time for very speedy scribbles using the Magic Marker app on my Samsung Galaxy Tablet. I did more work on it today. It became much more abstract; I was not interested in making something representational, but in exploring the lines. It was like those drawings you do as a child, where you scribble over a piece of paper and then fill in the spaces between the lines to see what you get.

Lost!

3 Oct

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I went to the life drawing session at Swansea Print Workshop this evening and did a long,involved digital drawing on my Galaxy Tablet. I’m trying to get to grips with the Magic Marker app. About 5 minutes from the end I accidentally pressed the ‘off’ button and lost it ! So I did a 5 minute scribble and to be honest I’m happier with this one. I think there’s such a lot of things to play with on the app that the drawing can become overworked and lose the immediacy of the scribble.

Quick And Smelly

22 May

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Husb took me for lunch today – at our local chip shop cafe. Last of the big spenders! Anyway, we were just about the youngest people in there (and we’re middle aged) and I scribbled this eldely man while I waited for my battered fish and chips, with a diet coke- must watch the calories. I did the sketch in about a minute; that sort of timescale forces you to focus on what’s crucial.

It was a lovely evening so we went down the allotment for a spot of digging. I love digging. I get into the zone and meditate. I’ve been making comfrey tea liquid fertiliser and I doused my little leeks with it. It stinks and now I smell horrible. Luckily Husb has a cold.

Rinascere

6 Aug

I have an exhibition coming up and here is an invitation, just in case you’re anywhere near Swansea, UK. I blogged about this a few weeks ago but unfortunately the exhibition had to be delayed. ‘Rinascere’ is a new body of work comprising a series of solar plate etchings and the small, Renaissance-style drawings that inspired them.

‘Rinascere’ is an Italian word which means ‘to be reborn’ or ‘to revive’. I chose it because I have been deliberately working with Renaissance techniques and materials for some time and the word ‘rinascere’ is the root of the word ‘renaissance’. I also identified with it’s meaning ‘to revive’ in the light of the current art trends which have moved away from traditional skills such as drawing and etching. As anyone who has read my bloggage for a little while will know, drawing is at the heart of my artistic practice and I draw every day, usually blogging what I’ve scribbled, unless it’s an absolute stinker! Which happens ๐Ÿ™‚

The etching above that I’ve used for the invitation is based on the tiny drawing below, which I did using a traditional dip pen and Indian ink and an ink wash, onto hand-made heavily-textured paper that I pre-coloured randomly with a sepia wash. I also used a bit of compressed charcoal.

I work with profressional models at the life-drawing group at Swansea Print Workshop and I work directly onto the paper with ink pens; I don’t sketch it out in pencil first. That’s for wimps ๐Ÿ˜‰

If you’re around, please look in – the exhibition runs until November.

Street Scribbling

30 May

Getting a bit stir crazy in the studio today so I went out into the street for ten minutes or so mid-afternoon and did some speed scribbling of passersby. I don’t try to hide but people rarely seem to notice me. The guy on the top right, who was swigging from a can of beer, grinned at me from far off and as he walked past said, “Lovely drawings Darlin'”. He wouldn’t have been able to see them but it was nice to get a compliment ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s good discipline to get out and do some very fast drawings from life, it forces you to identify what’s important and what must be recorded before someone moves on – you’re working with seconds, not minutes. It’s possibly the nearest that drawing comes to photography, which captures the instant. Quite a few men carry ‘man bags’ these days, as well as the ubiquitous rucksacks. I can’t persuade Husb to carry a man bag, I’ve tried but it’s like trying to get him into a pair of shorts – hell will freeze over first!

Drawing A Small Scruffy Cat.

4 Apr

Ink sketch: small scruffy cat.

Ming The Merciless is a rescued cat. She was liberated from someone who neglected her so badly that she nearly died of starvation and untreated infections. She was about 10 months old when we rescued her and we had a terrible four days and nights where she was touch and go at the vets, but she pulled through and she’s now 10 years old and an absolute joy to live with. I detest people who are cruel to animals. If they can be so appalling to animals, they can also be equally appalling to their fellow humans. I would like to make animal abusers suffer the same fate as their helpless little victims.

She’s a tiny little thing, a pretty tortoiseshell [calico] semi-longhair kitty with one eye, she lost the other because of one of the infections she had due to neglect. Her fur is mostly a pale pinky-beige with brown markings and white socks and bib. But she’s really scruffy. No matter how much I brush her [and that’s taking my life into my hands!] she scruffs up again in seconds. Her favourite place is on top of the boiler in the kitchen, with a view into the garden. Here she is earlier this evening, looking at me drawing her and resting her head on one of the central heating pipes. It was almost too hot for me to touch but it didn’t bother her at all.

So here’s the problem – drawing such a hairy little scruffy furball of a cat.ย  I used a very fine pen, size 0.5mm into an A6 sketch book and scribbled. Then scribbled some more. And a bit more scribbling. It’s not a bad likeness at all.

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