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Little Vistas

18 Jul

Husb and I went for a coffee and scribble to the cafe above Waterstones bookshop in Swansea today. It’s a gorgeous place, it used to be the old Carlton cinema and Waterstones renovated it very sensitively. There are a lot of interior classical features – pillars, friezes, floor to ceiling windows – which frame little vistas across the room. I spotted this mother and baby in the corner, on a large settee in the window and did a quick scribble.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique 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 and to see the complete image.

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

Simple Pleasures

10 Jul

This. This is what I’ve been waiting to do since lockdown started in March 2020. Just sit and drink a cup of coffee in the cafe in Waterstones bookshop and sketch. That’s all. No fancy holidays or anything like that. Just sit in my favourite cafe. Simple pleasures.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique 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 and to see the complete image.

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

From Sketch To Drawing

30 Jun

I have sketchbooks stuffed full of drawings stuffed into cupboards but I rarely work from them, once they’re done they tend to be forgotten. So I’ve decided to go back to them and try and develop something using different materials.

This is a recent sketch in ballpoint pen done in a local quarry. It’s linear and very much about mark making and I wanted to take it into colour so I used soft oil pastels (Daler Rowney) onto a very textured heavyweight Khadi handmade paper. I’ve been looking at some other artists whose use of colour I admire – historically Gabriele Munter and contemporary artists Christian Niblo Lloyd and Aletha Kuschan and they’ve inspired me to try and let go of my almost obsessive detailed ballpoint sketching into something more expressive.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique 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 and to see the complete image.

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

Little World In The Woods

27 Jun

I’ve been on holiday, visiting relatives in the North of England, a lovely break from the pandemic routine and the first time I’ve seen my family in about 18 months – too long but there we go. My littlest relative took me to see his special place in the local woods. He calls it Garlicville because it’s covered in wild garlic in the Spring. There’s a little stream running through the tall, dense trees and he’s been building a bridge across it with sticks he’s picked up from the ground.

He carried on building his little bridge and I sat on a moss covered trunk and sketched him. Not a particularly good sketch, I had promised myself I’d take a week off doing any art – it was a holiday after all – but I couldn’t resist quickly drawing him making his little world in the woods. I used white, black and sanguine conte crayons into a brown paper spiral bound sketchbook.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique 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 and to see the complete image.

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

Stone Sculptures At Maen Ceti

30 May

I did some sketching en plein air today at Cefn Bryn on the Gower Peninsula. The main attraction has always been Maen Ceti (Arthur’s Stone), but recently a nearby cairn has been getting more attention with people making stone tower sculptures on it. Husb decided to build one and I drew him. I used black, sanguine and white conte crayons into a brown paper sketchbook.

It was odd seeing the spiky stone forms all over the cairn as we approached along the path from the road. It used to be a bit difficult to see the cairn in the past, it was overgrown and the mound of rocks was easily overlooked but now people are using their creativity to make it more of a focus.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique 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 and to see the complete image.

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

Mucking Around

11 May

I need to loosen up with paint. I’m happy to sit and doodle for ages with a pen or pencil into my sketchbook, without bothering what I end up with. But as soon as I get the paints out, I seize up. I pressurise myself to do something “proper”. The other thing I don’t do much of is develop work from my sketchbook, as soon as it’s in there, I close the book and rarely look at it again. So today I grabbed a bit of heavyweight Khadi paper and a cheap set of acrylic paints and used my recent sketch from Rosehill Quarry as a starting point. Then I mucked around with the paint and a couple of brushes. It’s no masterpiece but it was relaxing and some of it is quite interesting.

 

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique 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 and to see the complete image.

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

 

Scribbling And Song In The Old Quarry

7 May

Lockdown is easing and things are starting to happen. Husb and I went to Rosehill Quarry at tea time to listen to Swansea folk musician, Angharad Jenkins, perform her recent song about the Quarry. It was a lovely sunny and warm Spring afternoon and Angharad sang to a group of local people of all ages against a backdrop of lush trees and shrubs. I used lots of mark-making to represent the foliage and I like the contrast with the simple line drawing of the figure. If you’re in the area, check it out, it’s a gorgeous nature reserve so close to the heart of the city.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique 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 and to see the complete image.

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

Zooming Tonight

5 May

Just finished the weekly family Zoom quiz. We’re almost out of lockdown but it’s still nice to meet up and we’re not all living in the same city anyway, so we wouldn’t see this much of each other in the ‘real’ world. Just a very quick scribble with a ballpoint pen over a double page into my bound A6 sketch book. Husb and I set the quiz this week. I think my “Fun Facts About Beavers” round was the best, even if I say so myself 😀

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique 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 and to see the complete image.

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

The Lifting-Lockdown-Excursion

17 Apr

Here’s another quick little sketch from my lifting-lockdown-excursion into the city centre earlier this week. It was nice doing these scribbles, it felt like getting back to normal.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique 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 and to see the complete image.

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

Spic And Span

15 Apr

Here’s another quick little scribble I did in my sketchbook while I was wandering around the city centre the other day. There were orderly queues everywhere, luckily it was warm and sunny, and there was this council employee power washing chewing gum off the pavement, making it spic and span for the returning shoppers.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique 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 and to see the complete image.

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

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