Tag Archives: storms

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.



Sun, Storm And A Nude

22 Aug


A watercolour nude

A watercolour nude

After the excitement of last night’s opening of our group exhibition, ‘People And Place’, Husb and I had a lazy day. We went for a walk in the sunshine and treated ourselves to lunch in a lovely local restaurant, Mosaic. It seems like I haven’t had a day off for ages. It’s not just making the artwork – over 2 dozen new pieces – but there’s all the framing, labelling, publicity, inviting, marketing………

So today I’m blogging another one from my archives, a life drawing in watercolour, using Winsor & Newton half pan artist watercolours onto Cotman watercolour paper with Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens for the linework.

Now we’ve battened down the hatches because there’s supposed to be a storm on the way; today’s sunshine was short-lived and tomorrow it’s back to work. Not much rest for the self-employed.

If you want to find out more about my current exhibition, here’s a short video about it.


Sleepy Head

9 Oct


Just back from life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop and here’s a head. The weather has been much colder and stormy the past few days. It was the first time the central heating has been on there since the Spring and our model dozed off. I drew this on my Samsung Galaxy Tablet Note 8, using the free Markers app and working over a dark ground.

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Stormy Scribbling

6 Jan

06 storm 1

I went down to the seafront at high tide this morning. I only live a few minutes walk from Swansea Bay and the wind in the street was reasonable but by the time I reached the exposed coast, the gales were so ferocious that I had trouble standing up. The sea was fierce and I struggled to get a few photographs of the waves.

06 storm photo

I wanted to try some sketching but I had to pull way back and drew these few figures from a sheltered spot in the car park. It was difficult manouvering a sketchbook in that wind, so I did some quick scribbles and worked on them a bit more when I came home.

06 storm 2

I find it very difficult to draw the sea, especially in such severe conditions. I need to practice, research other artists who draw the sea and develop some visual shorthand for it. I drew these into my A5 clothbound sketchbook with Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens, sizes S, F, M and B.


After The Storm

3 Jan


Husb and I just wrapped up warm and jumped in the car and nipped down to the sea front at high tide to watch the spectacular storm that was crashing over the promenade. I’d been nursing a nasty throat infection all day but was going stir crazy by this evening and this is supposed to be the biggest storm and highest tide in years so I didn’t want to miss it. I probably didn’t do my lurgi any good but it was fun!

When we got back, hot drinks were the order of the day. Here’s Husb with his hot chocolate,scribbled with the Magic Marker app on my Samsung Galaxy Tablet.

Any Port In A Storm

27 Oct

27 storm

The expected storm has been building all day and Husb, Teen-niece and I went for a VERY bracing walk along the seafront this morning at high tide to see the raging sea. It was fabulous but really hard work walking against the gales so we took refuge in a coveniently placed ice-cream parlour in the Waterfront Museum where I scribbled the mother and baby opposite. When you only have a few moments to capture people in line, you have to focus on what’s important, the essence of what you’re drawing; in this case their heads and hands, which convey the tender moment they were sharing. There’s enough there to build on if I want, and the less important details like clothes, furniture and background can be fudged later.

Drawn with a Faber Castell Pitt drawing pen, size F, into my A5 cloth-bound sketchbook with some brown wrapping paper stuck in with Pritt stick.

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