Tag Archives: storytelling

Cutting Off Your Nose …

20 Oct

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I was listening to Summar Ackery at a spoken word event at the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery recently. She was doing a humorous but relevant piece about a life experience, when a chap refused to get intimate because she was unshaven.  What an idiot! Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face! I did this drawing as I listened to her, using Daler Rowney pastels onto vintage paper.

 

 

Visceral

19 Oct

RM2

 

Another drawing I did recently at a spoken word event at the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, with Rufus Mufasa, David Pitt and Eleanor Shaw amongst others, using surrealist drawing  techniques. I did this drawing while listening to one of the contributor’s telling the story of her experience of giving birth. Her words created very powerful and abstract imagery and I worked with Daler Rowney pastels onto vintage paper. It was a visceral experience and not one I’m used to as I normally work directly from life. It’s good to be pushed out of my comfort zone.

 

Surrealist Drawing

18 Oct

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A few weeks ago I did some live drawing at a spoken word event at the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, with Rufus Mufasa, David Pitt and Eleanor Shaw amongst others. I normally work directly from life, but this time I let my hands be influenced by the rhythm and meaning of the words and music and just drew. This is similar to surrealist drawing and really pushed me out of my comfort zone. I did this – almost – automatic drawing while listening to one of the contributor’s story about her nervous breakdown. Her words were graphically visual.

Swansea Jack

17 Mar

Carl Gough performs “Swansea Jack”

Husb and I spent a lovely couple of hours at a performance of “Swansea Jack”, researched, written and performed by the talented storyteller Carl Gough. We people from Swansea are nicknamed “Jacks”, supposedly after the heroic black Labrador dog who saved many people from drowning in the 1930s. Of course, I had a quick scribble, in my little red cloth covered sketchbook. I used a ballpoint pen, I love them for quick sketches because they flow so easily.

Culture Vulture

28 Apr

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Just back from a culture vulture evening, with the opening of two exhibitions, at Galerie Simpson and Volcano and the monthly Storytelling at Tapestri. Swansea is buzzing with arty shenanigans tonight. Of course, I had to have a bit of a scribble …….

 

 

I have put my series of drawings of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  Please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page if you’d like to see more of them. This one is Saint Elfys’ Stone in Pembrokeshire. That’s pronounced Elvis BTW 😀

St Elvis

Telling Stories

29 Jul

storytelling July 2016

Husb and I are just back from storytelling night at Tapestri, a regular event with a different mix of performers each month. It’s in a old courtroom that’s been renovated and used now for art and culture, although they’ve kept the raised boxes for the judge and defendant and there are some very comfortable jurors chairs too. There are always lots of interesting faces to draw and these elder women were sitting, rapt, in front of a vast modern stained glass window. I usually have my sketchbook on me so I had a quick scribble while I listened to West Wales teller, Nick Brunger and his riveting Gothic tales.

 

I have been travelling across South Wales with Rhondda-born archaeologist Dewi Bowen and Swansea film maker Melvyn Williams, hunting the wild megalith, accompanied by my portable drawing board, portfolio of Fabriano paper and a bag full of assorted artist’s materials.  Dewi is researching his latest book on Neolithic monuments and Melvyn is making a documentary film of our literary and artistic adventures.

If you want to know more about my solo show in The Worker’s Gallery in the Rhondda Valley in September, please click here.

And if you want to see some of my other artwork, please click on the image below.

Quoit

 

Storytelling And A Photobombing Cat

27 May
Sparta Puss photobombing

Sparta Puss photobombing

Just back from a great evening of storytelling at Swansea’s Tapestri art centre. I did a couple of quick sketches of the performers. It’s harder to sketch someone who’s moving but very good practice. The storytelling is a regular event on the last Friday of each month.

David Pitt

 

I’m currently working on a series of expressive drawings of ancestral sites and if you want to see some of my other artworks, please click here.

Green Man And Apples

13 Oct

theatr fwrness

Husb and I went to Llanelli this evening, to the newish Theatr Fwrness to see a performance of Autumn Fires by local storytellers Carl Gough, David Pitt and Eleanor Shaw. “As we descend into the darkness of winter we gather by the fire, yet that flame which ensures our survival still reduces us to ash in the pyre, a selection of traditional tales that will carry you to the very heart of the Autumn Fire.”

 

At the centre of the stage area was a beautiful Green Man carved from a piece of tree trunk, surrounded by tree bark and large harvest apples. A singing bowl sat on top of it and rang out during the intense and evocative performance. Thoroughly enjoyed it, but the bottle of Dandelion & Burdock I had during the interval has quite gone to my head 😉

I used a biro pen into my new Cat’s Meow Journal from Peter Pauper Press.

 

 

Rain, Reflections And RSI

14 Jul

I was ‘babysitting’ our ‘Commensalis‘ exhibition in Bath on Thursday, sitting opposite one of the old chapel windows and looking at my reflection against the torrential rain outside. During the quieter moments I sketched what I could see. It wasn’t easy because the layers that you see in a reflection are all squashed together. Does that make any sense? It isn’t the same as looking out across the real view. The depth of field is different, so I had to come up with lots of different marks to differentiate between the different layers of what I could see and to try and make sense of the drawing. One of the nice things about being an artist is that you stop and look for much longer than most people and the more you look, the more you see. I like the way the reflections merge into each other and some bits disappear and give way to others. This is drawn with a Pilot V5 hi-tecpoint 0.5 pen into my recycled A6 leatherbound sketchbook.

I haven’t had much time on the computer because of the exhibition and my RSI has improved a lot, but it’s still there, niggling away so I’m going to have to be a bit careful for a while. I’d rather do less on Twitter and Facebook than do less drawing and art.

The exhibition runs until 4pm on Sunday and there’s storytelling from Amanda Rackstraw during the afternoon.  If you’re in the area, please do call in 🙂

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