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Kitty Scribbles

22 Jun

Sparta sketches

Had one of those bitty days today. I carried on carving small lino blocks and as a bit of light relief I had a quick scribble with willow charcoal as Sparta Puss was lazing around.

sparta tools

She has a houseful of beds, comfy chairs, cushions as well as a sunny garden bench with a blanket just for her, but no, she’d rather doze on my sharp lino cutting tools.

 

The Beginnings Of An Idea

18 Mar

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Creative ideas come from all over the place. My Aunty got my Husb a bottle of Tomato Ketchup with Garlic from The Garlic Farm on the Isle of Wight, he loves it and she likes giving him presents. Anyway, as he unwrapped it I squealed in delight at the packaging! Lovely brown cardboard cut into patterns. It’s calling out to me!

Scanned it, Photoshopped it, had a play with it, got some ideas forming. I think it’s heading towards a screen print ………..

Let’s Have Some Trees!

17 Mar

Drawing 3

Let’s have a break from viruses and pandemics and look at some trees because trees are nice. I drew these in the grounds of Dinefwr country park near Llandeilo a while back, using conte crayons in black, white and sanguine. The one above is a brown paper sketchbook from Seawhite’s of Brighton, the one below I prepared by sticking brown parcel paper into a white sketchbook with a Pritt stick.

Drawing 2

 

 

Force of Nature 2

16 Mar

West Pier 2

Here’s another sketch I did at Swansea’s wrecked West Pier yesterday. Storms Ciara, Dennis and Jorge managed to destroy it and the sand dunes have now started leaching into the mouth of the River Tawe …. who knows what will happen? There used to be an island out there centuries ago. Legend has it that Vikings landed there under the leadership of Sven and the island was called Sven’s Ey (Island); the name morphed over time into Swansea. The Welsh name for our city is Abertawe – the mouth of the River Tawe.

Force of Nature 1

15 Mar

West Pier 1

Husb and I took a stroll along the beach this afternoon to the West Pier at the mouth of the River Tawe. It was recently badly damaged during the triumvirate of storms – Ciara, Denis and Jorge and it’s shocking how nature has ripped huge amounts of concrete apart and splintered vast wooden piles like matchsticks. A massive amount of sand dune has been eroded as well, creating a stretch of new sandy cliff face and dumping tons of sand into the river mouth. This drawing, in conte crayons (black and sanguine) with water rubbed on with  my finger, reminds me of drawings I’ve seen of the Swansea blitz.

 

 

Drawing Obsessively

1 Jan

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I’m getting a bit obsessed with drawing Mari Lwyds; I’m thinking of doing some larger artworks incorporating them so I’m drawing them from lots of different angles as preparation studies. I’m choosing random photos from the Internet at the moment, but I’ll be going out to do some en plein air drawings on the 13th and 19th of January. The first is an appearance by the Ystrad Mari (from Ystradgynlais) at Gellionen Chapel, the second a ‘meet’ or even a ‘mayhem’ of Mari Lwyds at the Chepstow Wassail (I don’t know if there’s a collective noun for them).

 

Blwyddyn Newydd Dda

31 Dec

mari lwyd lino

Ce n’est pas un Mari. Ceci est un impression lino d’un Mari.” Just channelling a bit of Magritte there. Mari Lwyd traditionally welcomes in the New Year in Wales …. well, who else would wander around with a dead horse’s head on a stick at this time of year? And “Blwyddyn Newydd Dda” is Welsh for a Happy New Year. Have a good one xxx

 

 

Carving Done

19 Dec

stage 4

I’ve finished carving my little lino block of a Mari Lwyd and I’m ready to print it, which I can do at Swansea Print Workshop all day tomorrow (Thursday 20th). It’s the last day of the Leftovers VIII international exhibition of miniature prints from Wingtip Press in Idaho, USA. I’ll be there from 10.30 to 4.30 so please pop in and have a look if you’re in town.

Carving A Horse Skull

18 Dec

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I’m carving a block of grey vinyl this evening as I’ve decided to make a New Year’s greeting card, based on the Mari Lwyd, a pagan Welsh ritual based on a horse skull. It’s quite small so I should be able to get it cut and printed quickly. Working on this scale is nice, I can perch it on my lap and listen to the telly while I’m carving. Can’t get too distracted, though, because my cutting tools are razor sharp.

 

The image is based on a drawing of the Mari Abertawe I did en plein air a while back. The Mari Lwyd comes out to play at this time of year through to mid January.

 

 

 

Like Chalk And Cheese

17 Sep

I went to a weekend etching course at Trefeglwys Print Studio the weekend before last with two other printmakers – one of whom was Husb. He did some beautiful work but looking at what we produced emphasised that we’re like chalk and cheese. Here’s Husb’s beautifully modulated head of a child, burnished into a copper mezzotint plate, and my bonkers Mari Lwyd, an ancient Welsh traditional life-size puppet with a horse’s skull. Vive le Difference 😀

baby

 

mari mezzo plate

 

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