Tag Archives: #SwanseaHighStreet

A Strange Place

9 Jan

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Husb and I went to chapel last Sunday. Yes, that’s right, not something we would ever normally do. we went to see the Ystradgynlais Mari Lwyd at the Gellionen Unitarian chapel up on Gellionen Mountain. It was freezing cold but very sunny so I strolled out into the landscape and had a scribble into my A4 brown paper sketchbook with conté crayons in white, sanguine and black. There was a fantastic view that stretched down the mountains all the way to a glimpse of Swansea Bay with Mumbles in the background.

 

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The chapel is very old, dating from 1692 and is close to the sight of a much older Celtic church, Llan Eithrim. It’s set in a hollow surrounded by trees in a very atmospheric setting.

 

Kindness And Generosity

7 Jan

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Last week I said about the charity collection box that was stolen from the nativity scene in front of the Unitarian Church on Swansea’s High Street. The church was raising money for a homelessness charity this year and has had a nativity in a large glass case every Christmas for decades, since I was a very small child. My Mam and Nana and aunties would take me, my little sister and cousins to see it and I remember being so excited, it brought it home to me that it was Christmas. Well, the church set up a crowdfunding appeal to replace the £200 or so that was lost and thanks to peoples’ kindness and generosity, has raised over six times that amount. Please click here if you’d like to donate.

I stopped by and scribbled, en plein air, one of the nativity figures in white, sanguine and black conté crayon into my A4 brown paper sketchbook. For many years, European art colleges taught partly through the copying of classical statues. I find it so difficult to copy another artist’s work and style, the urge to put my own stamp on it is too great, I’m afraid.

Lowest Of The Low

29 Dec

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There’s a little Unitarian Church at the bottom of Swansea’s High Street and every year since, well, at least since I was a kid, which is a long time, there has been a glass case with a nativity scene in it and a charity collection box every Christmas. This year, the church has been collecting to support homeless people but someone broke into the collection box and stole the donations. The lowest of the low! What an awful thing to do. They have set up a crowdfunding page to try and raise some money to cover the loss. If you can spare a little and want to donate, please follow the link here.

I stood outside the nativity scene on the street a couple of days ago and had a bit of a scribble on my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet with a Markers app. Here’s Joseph. I find it odd drawing someone else’s art as I want to put my own stamp on it and it looks quite different to the original.

TROUBLEMAKERS!!!

12 May

I’m going to be doing some street art with The Plebeian Scribblers and The Plebeian Printmakers as part of Volcano’s Troublemakers arts festival July 13th – 16th 2017. For the past two summers, The Plebeian Scribblers have been an integral part of “A FAB Intervention”, a one-day street event in Bath’s City Centre during the annual Fringe Arts Bath so it’s great that we can bring it back to our home town this summer. Here’s some of the drawings I did in Bath below.

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I will be working with urban scribblers Chris Harrendence, Patricia McKenna-Jones and Melvyn Williams to deliver three sessions of 30 minutes of structured street drawings which will be digitally recorded and blogged.

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But with an added twist, the following day we’ll be inviting local printmakers to join us to take prints from metal structures like manhole covers in High Street, inspired by the Berlin Raubdruckerin collective. I’ll be posting more as we get the plans firmed up ……

 

NAME OF EVENT: The Plebeian Scribblers

NAME OF ORGANISING ARTIST: Rose Davies / Rosie Scribblah

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: Following two years successful street drawing events at Fringe Arts Bath, these experienced street scribblers travel the length of High Street drawing what they see into their sketchbooks.

DATE: Saturday 15th July

TIMES:13.00 – 13.30 / 14.00 – 14.30 / 15.00 – 15.30

VENUE/LOCATION:Upper High Street / Mid High Street / Lower High Street

COST: No cost – street event

 

NAME OF EVENT: The Plebeian Printmakers

NAME OF ORGANISING ARTIST: Rose Davies / Rosie Scribblah

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: Inspired by Berlin’s “Raubdruckerin collective”, printmakers from Swansea Print Workshop will travel along High Street printing from metal structures like manhole covers and posting them in the new graffiti tunnel.

DATE: Sunday 16th July

TIMES: 13.00 – 15.30

VENUE/LOCATION: Along High Street and The Graffiti Tunnel

COST: No cost – street event

 

I have put my series of drawings en plein air of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you want to see more, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page. So did you know that Elvis Presley is descended from the Welsh? This drawing below is the legendary grave of Saint Elfys (Elvis) in Pembrokeshire, not for from the Presceli Mountains. Elfys? Presceli? Elvis Presley? Coincidence? hhhmmmm

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Spiral Labyrinth

6 Mar

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Another blast from the past, here I am at The Bagpuss Window, a semi-derelict artspace set up by Melanie Ezra and myself about 18 months ago. It only lasted 3 weeks but we, and lots of other artists and performers, did loads of arty stuff. Here I am walking the spiral labyrinth installed by prehistorian Dewi Bowen and musician/puppeteer David Pitt.

 

Artist Hannah F Lawson used one of the windowless back rooms to create some light paintings, using various lights and Tai Chi movements. Filmed by Melvyn Williams.

 

And back to now, coming up from Wednesday March 8th, a new exhibition to celebrate International Women’s Day at Cinema & Co in Swansea.

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I am putting my series of drawings of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you want to see more, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

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A Darker Turn….

28 Feb

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This full size portrait drawing is part of a much larger piece of ephemeral drawing I made back in Autumn 2015 when my fellow artist Melanie Ezra and I took over a semi-derelict shop in Swansea’s High Street and opened it up to other artists to see what happened – we called it ‘The Bagpuss Window’. I drew intuitively with little planning and as the three weeks went by the drawing took a darker turn.

I’m going to post some of the videos made of ‘The Bagpuss Window’ by Melvyn Williams over the next few blogs because I want to show some of the fab artists who came along and did art.

Here are two, Melanie Ezra and Jonathan Green …..

 

 

I am putting my series of drawings of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you want to see more, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

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A Rare Self Portrait

25 Feb

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I don’t often draw myself, mainly because I don’t like looking at myself; I rarely wear make up so I don’t spend much time looking in mirrors; I have always hated having my photo taken so there are no photos of me around the house. This is a rare self-portrait that I did as part of a much larger piece of ephemeral drawing back in Autumn 2015 when my fellow artist Melanie Ezra and I took over a semi-derelict shop in Swansea’s High Street and opened it up to other artists to see what happened – we called it ‘The Bagpuss Window’. I’m going to post some of the videos made of ‘The Bagpuss Window’ by Melvyn Williams over the next few blogs because I want to show some of the fab artists who came along and did art …….

 

Here’s the first one featuring musicians David Pitt and Shey Edlington ……..

 

 

I am putting my series of drawings of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you want to see more, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

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Ideas Forming

15 Nov

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I recently did a short residency at the lovely Galerie Simpson in Swansea and experimented with developing three dimensional forms from paper, print and text. I started out by making some little maquettes to try out techniques and I’m starting to think about how I might use them. Husb hung an LED bulb into one of them and I photographed it against a dark background. Ideas are starting to form. Hhhmmmmmmmm……

 

The three dimensional artwork I made during my residency is now being displayed in Cardiff at the Women’s Arts Association exhibition until December the 12th.

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What Am I Up To? [4]

19 Oct

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Working away at Galerie Simpson on my short residency. One of my ‘ideas’ drawings and my work station.

There’s more of my art to be seen in my online Gallery in Artfinder, please click on the image below to take a look. Thank you.

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What Am I Up To Now?

14 Oct

I’m doing a short residency at Galerie Simpson in Swansea’s High Street and I’m working on something new, right out of my comfort zone. Here’s the beginning……..

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I’m also continuing my “en plein air” journey of discovery with prehistorian  Dewi Bowen  and filmmaker Melvyn Williams as we travel along the route of the legendary Boar Hunt, Y Twrch Trwyth, from the story of Culhwch and Olwen in the Mabinogion, the book of Welsh mythology, researching, filming and drawing the ancient stone monuments along the way.

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There’s more of my art to be seen in my online Gallery in Artfinder, please click on the image below to take a look. Thank you.

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