Tag Archives: the beach

Not All Bish Bash Bosh

24 Oct

There are some odd ideas out there about what it is that artists do, how we make a work of art. Many seem to think that we get the materials together and Bish Bash Bosh, there it is on the canvas, or the plinth, or hot off the printing press. But the reality is lots of preparation, lots of jotting down ideas, lots of working things out before even getting your hands on a prepared canvas or a piece of stone or a block of lino. So here’s my starting point for what I hope will be a new series of woodcut prints. The pad on the left is kept at my bedside and I scribble any ideas that pop up at 4 o clock in the morning – it happens most nights. The sketchbook on the right is for my first jottings and thumbnail sketches, based on the vetted ideas from my bedside book. The process will be long …..oh yes……

My lovely nephew (in the middle) along with these other wonderful young people have benefitted from the Children In Need charity and now they’re giving something back. They’re the Surprise Squad (more about them here) and you can follow their adventures on BBC1s “The One Show“, 15th – 18th November. I know that times are hard, but if you can spare a quid or two, please consider donating to Children In Need (here). They really do make a difference to young lives. Thank you xxx

Scribbling In The Wind

23 Oct

Nice day so went for a walk out of the city, along the Pennard Pill valley route to Three Cliffs Bay. It was cloudy and very windy so I only stopped to do a quick scribble, with Daler Rowney soft pastels onto Khadi paper. There’s a stone spiral, called by locals “the labyrinth” where the valley meets the beach, so I scribbled this with the hillside in the background, a blaze of russet and rich browns against the overcast purpley-blue sky.

My lovely nephew (in the middle) along with these other wonderful young people have benefitted from the Children In Need charity and now they’re giving something back. They’re the Surprise Squad (more about them here) and you can follow their adventures on BBC1s “The One Show“, 15th – 18th November. I know that times are hard, but if you can spare a quid or two, please consider donating to Children In Need (here). They really do make a difference to young lives. Thank you xxx

Hot And Still

13 Jul

13 seaside

Suddenly there’s a heatwave and everyone’s out on the beach, in shorts and swimsuits. It’s gorgeous when the sun shines here. The best place in the world. Pity it rains 90% of the time. I went for a paddle and sat on the steps awhile outside the Civic Centre with my feet dangling in the water and did a quick scribble of the kids playing in the gentle waves. The sea was glassy and the horizon merged into the sky. Hot and still, not like a British summer at all.

 

Cockles And Icecream

15 Apr

Ink sketch: the beach at Burryport.

Still babysitting and we took the two little ‘uns to the beach at Burryport today. It’s a funny little town which has been a bit rundown for many years, yet has a beautiful harbour with Georgian cottages, a lighthouse and a lovely beach. The car park had a coupke of vans selling seafood and icecream and the sprogs munched their way through a pot of cockles each and finished their repast with a traditional Mr. Whippy. Then off for some beachcombing where I did a couple of sketches. You have to work fast when kids are running around but it’s surprising how much you can get down in a hurry. I love sketching these ordinary little moments in my life; the memories are so much more vivid than they would be with a camera. I just have to flick through my sketchbook and it comes back; the salty taste of the air; the popping sound of the seaweed underfoot, like nature’s bubblewrap; the vivid blue sky and the dark grey ‘Granny’s Custard’. Here’s Husb above with our little great-niece and below our great-nephew exploring a rock pool.

Ink sketch: small boy on the beach.

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