Tag Archives: stained glass

My Creative Other Half …. Again ….

20 Mar

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Husb has been using this newfound “leisure” time to get creative and has made a faux stained glass panel for the skylight about our hallway door. He did the geometric faux stained glass on the door itself some years back, with perspex, sticky-backed plastic and stick-on lead strip. All the geometric stuff is his, but the real stained glass panel of the standing stone has been made by local artist Deanne Mangold from Class Glass.

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Deanne based her design on an original mixed media piece I did out in the field, literally, of an ancient standing stone in Dinas, Pembrokeshire, a couple of years ago.

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My Creative Other Half

19 Mar

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I was out and about in the city centre for most of today, shopping from the excellent Swansea Market and local grocers, who had plenty of food. So many people are going to supermarkets and ignoring small, local shops and markets, which is a shame because locally they have plenty of most things. And there’s the lovely smell of food cooking in the Market, from the cafes still open and serving hot meals (that they’re now offering to deliver), to the bakers making fresh Welsh cakes on hot griddles. There are a lot of homeless people in temporary Bed and Breakfast accommodation in the city; they have to go out during the day so it’s great that they can go and get hot food in the market.

I bought some laverbread from the Market for tea …

 

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Anyway, while I was out, it was Husb’s turn to get creative and he made a faux stained glass panel, from coloured plastic sheets and a roll of self-adhesive lead strip. It was dark outside when he installed it so I’ll have to wait for daylight to get a photo and blog about it. Tomorrow ….

 

Engage And Scribble

9 Sep

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Husb was pitching an idea at the RSA Engage event at Swansea’s Cinema & Co this evening. The RSA is holding 20 Engage events across the UK which give people an opportunity to pitch an idea they want to develop in their local community, to get support from an informed audience and make new connections to get their idea off the ground. There were 9 ideas pitched this evening, all of them excellent.

 

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Of course, I had a scribble!

 

 

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Husb pitched his notion to fill the enormous roof of Swansea Market with stained glass. He did a spoof mock-up for the cover of his recently published book but the image has generated such a lot of interest that he decided to see if there was any possibility in moving the idea forward. There is! He now has some advisors and collaborators on board.

 

Swansea Market is the largest covered market in Wales and the roof is an enormous single span steel and glass construction. There has been a market in Swansea since the 1600s and one on this site since 1830. The present one was built in 1961 as the previous one was destroyed by bombs in World War 2.

 

Class Glass

12 Dec

 

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I had a lovely surprise today. Local stained glass artist Deanne Mangold, of Class Glass Wales, came to visit with a glass panel for me based on one of my drawings of ancient standing stones. Deanne had seen some of my drawings at an exhibition, Yr Helfa / The Hunt and wanted to translate one or two into stained glass. And here’s the result. I love it, it’s gorgeous.

 

The original drawing was done in the field, literally a field behind the garage in Dinas, North Pembrokeshire, where there’s a magnificent ancient stone monument. If you want to see more of my drawings en plein air of Neolithic and Bronze Age sites in Wales, please visit my Artfinder gallery.

 

An Artist’s Inspiration

14 Jul

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Husb and I visited the very talented glass artist, Deanne Mangold, at her Open Studio today. Deanne is working up a new panel based on one of my drawings of Neolithic and Bronze Age standing stones, this one in Dinas in Pembrokeshire.

It’s very flattering that another artist finds inspiration in my work and it’s fascinating for me to see how she has interpreted my original. Deanne’s Open Studio continues tomorrow (Sunday 15th July) from 10.00 to 1.00.

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The Spiral Stair

16 Dec

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Here’s another drawing from my visit to the old church yesterday. It’s one of those rambling churches in the Victorian tradition, although it was actually built around World War 1. The fabric of the building is pretty sound, but there is a some deterioration to parts of the interior. There is a consortium of different community and cultural groups pulling together to buy and adapt the old building and give it a new lease of life.

The church is full of nooks and crannies and this little bit of a spiral stone staircase is behind a heavy wooden door at the back of the building, leading up to the top of the bell tower. I took a load of digital photos without a flash; the inside was dark and gloomy with little natural daylight coming in from the rain-soaked December afternoon outside.

I used white conte crayon, chalk and compressed charcoal into a Daler Rowney Ebony A4 spiral bound sketchbook. I like drawing onto black paper and I especially like the difference in the blackness of the paper and even more darkness of the compressed charcoal.

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