Tag Archives: Swansea Marina

Men In Hats

6 May

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Men in hats are hard to draw. Well, not just men, anyone really. I find heads easy enough until someone puts something on them – hats, scarves, bandanas …. even a pair of sunglasses makes it harder for me to get the proportions right. Good practice though. I scribbled these chaps at the charity boules event that Husb and I took part in yesterday. I was rubbish.

Boules

5 May

Boules. Played for the first time today at a charity event in Swansea Marina. Half of our team of six had never played before but we managed to get through to the quarter-finals. Of course, I had to have a quick scribble.

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Any Port In A Storm

27 Oct

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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.

Sun, Stars And Short Sightedness

11 Jul

It’s SUNNY!!!! The deluge of biblical proportions has stopped for a couple of days. It isn’t warm, but the sun is shining. So Husb and I went for a walk on the beach yesterday and finally went for a coffee at the top of ‘The Tower‘; we’d been promising ourselves for ages. It’s a fairly new building on Swansea Marina and is the tallest building in Wales. It’s right on the edge of the beach and the views across the sea and over the city are incredible. And the coffee was pretty good too.

I scribbled the view along the beach to the East, taking in the Swansea Observatory. This is also a fairly recent building, built in 1989 and previously on loan to the local astronomical society. Unfortunately, about 3 years ago, the local council demanded a rent increase that the society couldn’t afford, so they moved out and it’s been empty ever since. The council were trying to sell it off, but I don’t know if there have been any buyers. It’s very short-sighted in my opinion to turf community groups out of subsidised buildings and sell them off for short-term gain – if they can be sold at all, especially in a recession. Wouldn’t it have been better to let community groups keep these places open? The city is full of empty premises falling into disrepair and the previous council seemed determined to add to the problem. Let’s hope the new, recently-elected council have a more proactive policy towards buildings, community groups and culture in the city. Fingers crossed.

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