Tag Archives: Swansea Guildhall

Fair Pay, Cake And Unicorn Sprinkles

8 Aug

NHS Demo

Husb and I went to our local ‘Support the NHS’ demonstration earlier today, highlighting the unfairness of wages for those that only very recently were being clapped and praised by the government. It was well organised, with people being responsible, maintaining a distance, wearing masks, using sanitiser. Demos are always a good opportunity to sketch crowds, not something I find easy because there’s perspective, proportion and people moving around to deal with.

It isn’t fair that people working in health and social care can earn so little. We’d be screwed without them. Demonstrators brought flowers to lay at the foot of the flagpole outside the Guildhall to commemorate NHS workers who have died of Covid19 over the past few months.

Chelsea cake 21

On a happier note, our eldest great niece is 21 today so Husb and I made her a birthday cake – I did the cake, he did the icing. Four layers of rich chocolate almond cake sandwiched and decorated with chocolate buttercream icing, fresh fruit and unicorn sprinkles on the top. She’s got a thing about unicorns.

The Children’s Choir

19 May

Mayor 3

I did four sketches at the inauguration of the new Lord Mayor of Swansea a couple of days ago. I did a couple in ballpoint pen into an A6 hardbacked sketchbook and a couple of larger ones in conté crayon into an A4 brown paper pad. It’s challenging doing interiors with people, getting the perspective and proportions right and coping with people moving around all the time. There’s something to be said for working from photographs.

 

 

The main image shows a view of the choir of primary school children who performed three songs, including the beautiful Welsh language hymn, “Calon Lan“. It never fails to bring a lump to my throat, it’s so poignant.

More Mayor Making

18 May

Mayor 2

Here’s another sketch I did at Swansea’s mayor-making ceremony yesterday. I worked quickly onto a tinted heavyweight vintage paper with conté crayons in black, white and sanguine and also used a Faber Castell Pitt drawing pen, size B.

Making The Mayor

17 May

Mayor 1

Had a really busy day today but managed to do lots of scribbling. Husb and I were invited to the mayor-making ceremony at Swansea’s Guildhall (a beautiful building, but that’s another story). It was very formal in some ways, but also warm and friendly. The inauguration happened in the council chamber, an imposing room full of wooden panels and columns and artworks by Frank Brangwyn up around the ceiling. I did this sketch into my A6 sketchbook using a ballpoint pen. I’m not too keen on drawing interiors and architecture, I prefer to draw people, but they were too far away to draw them with any detail.

 

A Sky Full Of Opals

29 Aug

opal 1

Husb and I strolled along Swansea Beach this evening and I took some photos of the extraordinary sky – it looked like it was full of fire opals shimmering above us. The weather has been appalling throughout the so-called Summer, so maybe this is the harbinger of something better for the Autumn. “The sky at night, shepherd’s delight….” – fingers crossed 🙂

We walked along the Promenade, looking out to Mumbles, with its breast shaped islands and returned past the Brangwyn Hall which houses the famous Empire Panels, magnificent oil paintings, and Swansea’s Guildhall, an Art Deco building inspired by an Egyptian Temple.

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