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A Slice Of Time

14 Jun

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This screenprint represents a very specific slice of time. Some years ago, there was a Woolworths store opposite the Waterstones bookshop in Swansea. I used to sit in the window of the bookshop cafe up on the first floor, with a pot of tea, and scribble the pigeons that sat on the Woolworths signage opposite. It was large and red and stood out from the wall, giving the pigeons enough space to sit and groom themselves comfortably. It was also lit up day and night, which gave them warmth.

I found the pigeons hard to draw because they constantly fidget so I had to develop a quick impressionistic style to capture them. I wrote down my thoughts and combined them with some of the drawings to create the photographic silkscreen.



A Wonky Stripey Teapot

3 Oct


It’s day 2 of the 40 Day Drawing Challenge set by Green Olive Press in Morocco and I’m taking the opportunity to draw still life. It isn’t my strongest point so I’m using the Challenge to get in some practice. I’m starting off with one object at a time so that hopefully by the end, I will be able to do a composition of several items.  I love tea so a teapot is an obvious choice. It’s a bit wonky, but that’s okay, I’m practising. Today I used my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet with a basic free app called Markers. If you’re thinking of trying it out, you’ll need to put in a basic coloured ground before you start drawing, even if it’s white, otherwise it looks weird when you upload the final drawing.

I saved the drawing several times as I went along and the slides show the different stages of the drawing.

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Luscious Leftovers!

5 Dec


In its sixth year, this touring international exhibition of miniature original prints is coming to Swansea tomorrow, opening with a Welsh tea from 5-7pm and then daily (except Mondays) until mid-January – but check the website for opening hours over the holiday season.


Click on the link here to see the write up of the exhibition in our local paper.

I am putting a new drawing of an ancient monument one up every day.  If you want to buy one, you can see them by clicking on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

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Luscious Leftovers

22 Nov

Here I am with over a hundred luscious leftover prints just arrived from The Workers Gallery in The Rhondda Valley

Once upon a time, the printmakers of Wingtip Press in Boise, Idaho, USA  were cleaning out their flat files and found dozens of little scraps of printmaking papers jamming up the drawers. Realising they probably weren’t alone with the dilemma of what to do with all those too-precious-to-throw-out leftover paper scraps, they issued an invitation to fellow printmakers around the globe to participate in a print exchange to use all those lovely bits of paper. Artists submit an edition of 14 miniature prints and received a dozen prints in return. One print is included in a silent auction to raise funds for the Hunger Relief Task Force in the State and the final one of the edition joins an international touring exhibition.

Now in its sixth year, the exchange include printmakers from Australia to Arizona, Canada to Colorado, Nevada to Norway to New Zealand, Korea to Kansas, Wales to Washington, and places in between.

The box of over a hundred little prints recently crossed the Atlantic from Reno to The Rhondda and is now about to be exhibited in Swansea Print Workshop through December and January.


My collection of twelve prints from Leftovers VI from artists across the world

The show opens with a traditional Welsh tea, with lashings of bara brith and other luscious home-made cakes, from 5 – 7 on Tuesday December 6th at Swansea Print Workshop and runs daily from 10.30 – 4.00 daily (except Mondays) with a break over the Xmas holidays, until January the 8th.

Venue: Swansea Print Workshop, 19a Clarence Street, Swansea SA1 3QR.

For more information please check the Swansea Print Workshop website.

Wingtip Press has just put out a call for Leftovers VII – if you’re a printmaker and you want to participate, please follow this link here.



What Am I Up To Now? [7]

25 Oct


Still working on a new piece of art at my residency at Galerie Simpson on Swansea’s High Street. I’m taking my printmaking out of two dimensions into three and it’s certainly been challenging. Today I’ve been sewing paper together on my lovely Edwardian Singer sewing machine and then overstitching my little stamped prints of German artist Käthe Kollwitz, who is a hero of mine.


My residency will be ending this weekend so I’m having an Open Studio on Saturday, 10.00 to 4.00 so that people can pop in and see what I’ve been up to during the past couple of weeks. There will be tea, coffee and lashings of home-made cake as well. Of course 😀


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.



A Tidy Tea

13 Sep

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I held a ‘Tea With The Artist’ event at The Workers Gallery at the weekend, part of my solo show “Yr Helfa / The Hunt“. It was lovely and lots of people came along, from as far afield as Bristol and Birmingham, Cardiff and Swansea as well as local people.


And it was this big, honest mun!

That meant a lot to the artists who run the gallery, Chris and Gayle, who have worked so hard to get this off the ground in the village’s closed-down library.


Who? Me?

It was hectic and I tried to get around and talk to everyone who came.


And there were people of all ages too, which is really lovely. I don’t like those evening private views which are full of posing types clinging on to a glass of wine – I like to see loads of different people having a nice cuppa tea and enjoying the company and the art.


And the cakes. Oh yes. Home made, of course. Traditional bara brith, Victoria Sandwich, some parmesan biscuits, a lemon and elderflower drizzle sponge and dairy-free, gluten-free orange polenta cake. It all went.

So, thanks to everyone who came along and to those who sent their support, I really appreciate it. And if you missed it, the show runs until September the 24th.


Solo show: Yr Helfa / The Hunt

The Warrior Returns

5 Sep

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I started working with this particular model some time ago, when a young student with plans to join the army. I have masses of drawings of him which I developed into many prints – monotypes, etchings and even the occasional painting. We’ve had a gap of several years while he has been away travelling as a professional soldier but we met up again recently and hope to resume our professional relationship in the future. I did a couple of drawings, just some quick ones to familiarise myself with his features. It takes a while to get back into working with someone after a gap, I’m a bit rusty but now I have some drawings to refer to, I can see where I’ve gone wrong and what I need to do.


Tea with me at The Workers Gallery – a chance to see my new solo show with lashings of tea and home-made cakes in the gorgeous Cynon Valley.


There’s more of my art to be seen in my online Gallery in Artfinder. Please click here to visit. Thank you.




Back To Booming

1 Sep

After a totally hectic month building up to installing my new solo exhibition in the most excellent Workers Gallery in Ynyshir, I have my life back …. well until tomorrow when I will be drawing some more Baby Boomers. I’m trying to schedule a Baby Boomer drawing day once a week until I finish the 100 thirty-minute portrait sketches that I’ve set as my target.

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Here’s one I did in my last Boomer session, a very strong, decisive countenance. I am drawing into my hardbacked, spiral bound A3 size sketchbook with a graphite stick. When I started the series I was using drawing pens, but I think a graphite stick is better suited to 30 minutes as I have to work quickly and freely and drawing pens force me into too much detail.


Tea with me at The Workers Gallery – a chance to see the exhibition with lashings of tea and home-made cakes in the gorgeous Cynon Valley.


There’s more of my art to be seen in my online Gallery in Artfinder. Please click here to visit. Thank you.


Done (In)

31 Aug

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All done. Exhibition installed at The Workers Gallery ready for opening tomorrow. I’m plumb tuckered out and ready for bed.

There’s no formal opening but we’re having a ‘Tea With The Artist’ on Saturday September 10th and there will also be an end-of-show event on Friday 23rd so please put these dates in your diary if you fancy a trip to the gorgeous Cynon Valley.


And now to bed. Nos da 😀


There’s more of my art to be seen in my online Gallery in Artfinder. Please click here to visit. Thank you.


Shameless Self Promotion

30 Aug

Oh yes! Husb and I are off to The Workers Gallery in Ynyshir tomorrow to set up my solo show, ‘Yr Helfa / The Hunt‘ which opens on September the 1st and carries on through to September the 24th. BUT, we’re not having an opening event, instead we’re having a HIGH TEA on Saturday September the 10th from 2 – 4.


Why not have an opening when the exhibition opens you might ask? Well, it’s because the Cynon Valley Museum and Gallery is reopening on September the 3rd after being closed for over a year. It’s now been transferred from the local authority to a trust made up of volunteers from the area. And they pinched the date I wanted for an opening tea party! Never mind, it’s great to see the Museum back in action and it gives me an extra week to make more home made jam and cakes.

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The show features 42 new drawings from my travels across South Wales with archaeologist Dewi Bowen and filmmaker Melvyn Williams, drawing ancient stone monuments that are on the route of The Boar Hunt from the Mabinogion. There will also be a display of etchings and linocuts in progress based on my drawings in the field. And some of Melvyn’s short films about Dewi and myself on our hunt for wild megaliths.

So please drop in and see the show if you’re in the area and especially on Saturday 10th for lashings of tea, cake, art and Welsh hospitality.


There’s more of my art to be seen in my online Gallery in Artfinder. Please click here to visit. Thank you.

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