Tag Archives: The Rhondda Valley

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.

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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.

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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.

The Eyes Have It

29 Aug

Morgan M

When I draw someone, I concentrate so much, it’s very hard work and sometimes it’s only later when I look at the drawing that I get a clear idea of what I’ve done. When you’ve drawn people as much as I have, you realise just how different everyone is and that everyone is remarkable. But sometimes, something about someone stands out more than usual, is even more remarkable, and that’s what happened with this sitter, she has the most extraordinary eyes, so expressive, so poignant.

She sat for me as part of a drawing project I’m doing to sketch 100 Baby Boomers, each in a maximum of 30 minutes. I’ve set myself the target to finish by the end of the year and I’ve reached number 54. I’m drawing with a graphite stick into an A4 hardbacked, spiral bound sketchbook.

 

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Over the last seven months, I have been travelling across South Wales with Rhondda-born archaeologist Dewi Bowen and Swansea film maker Melvyn Williams in all weathers with my portable drawing board, portfolio of Fabriano paper and a bag full of assorted artist’s materials to draw our ancient heritage.  Dewi is researching his latest book on Neolithic monuments and Melvyn is making a documentary film of our literary and artistic adventures.

I’ve done around 50 drawings now and these will be exhibited in my solo show in The Worker’s Gallery in the Rhondda Valley in September. Please click here to find out more about it.

 

Please click here to visit my online Gallery in Artfinder. Thank you.

 

The Birkrigg Druids

28 Aug

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Here’s another of the drawings I did recently at the Birkrigg stone circle in Cumbria. It’s a magical place and I was lucky with the weather – brilliant sunshine in an otherwise wet and dreary summer. It was unusually clear and we could look out across the sea to Blackpool in the middle distance and behind that, the blue smudge of the North Wales mountains.

I worked with conté crayons in black, white and sanguine and also Daler Rowney artist soft pastels. The paper is Fabriano that I had prepared with several layers of gesso and then drizzled it with my own home-made walnut ink.

The Birkrigg Druid’s is now available to buy on my Artfinder gallery, please click here to take a look.

 

the-hunt-rose-davies-poster

Over the last seven months, I have been travelling across South Wales with Rhondda-born archaeologist Dewi Bowen and Swansea film maker Melvyn Williams in all weathers with my portable drawing board, portfolio of Fabriano paper and a bag full of assorted artist’s materials to draw our ancient heritage.  Dewi is researching his latest book on Neolithic monuments and Melvyn is making a documentary film of our literary and artistic adventures.

I’ve done around 50 drawings now and these will be exhibited in my solo show in The Worker’s Gallery in the Rhondda Valley in September. Please click here to find out more about it.

And Still They Keep Coming…..

27 Aug

Diamond S

The Baby Boomers. I’m lucky that so many have volunteered, and keep volunteering, to sit for me in my creative urge to draw one hundred people of my generation before the end of the year. We’re a massive generation, that’s why we’re called boomers, or sometimes ‘the bulge’, we’re a great big lump moving through time. The best bit about doing these drawings is meeting and talking with people, seeing what they think is good and bad about being a Boomer, what is iconic for our generation. I’m drawing with graphite sticks into my A4 hardbacked, spiral bound sketchbook and doing the sketches in under 30 minutes, capturing an essence rather than the detail of each person.

 

the-hunt-rose-davies-poster

Over the last seven months, I have been travelling across South Wales with Rhondda-born archaeologist Dewi Bowen and Swansea film maker Melvyn Williams in all weathers with my portable drawing board, portfolio of Fabriano paper and a bag full of assorted artist’s materials to draw our ancient heritage.  Dewi is researching his latest book on Neolithic monuments and Melvyn is making a documentary film of our literary and artistic adventures.

I’ve done around 50 drawings now and these will be exhibited in my solo show in The Worker’s Gallery in the Rhondda Valley in September. Please click here to find out more about it.

 

 

 

Booming!

26 Aug

Jones S

And another Baby Boomer. I’m on a roll now. My aim is to draw 100 Baby Boomers by the end of the year, simple 30 minute sketches with graphite or pen into my A4 ringbound sketchbook. I’m loving it!

 

 

the-hunt-rose-davies-poster

Over the last seven months, I have been travelling across South Wales with Rhondda-born archaeologist Dewi Bowen and Swansea film maker Melvyn Williams in all weathers with my portable drawing board, portfolio of Fabriano paper and a bag full of assorted artist’s materials to draw our ancient heritage.  Dewi is researching his latest book on Neolithic monuments and Melvyn is making a documentary film of our literary and artistic adventures.

I’ve done around 50 drawings now and these will be exhibited in my solo show in The Worker’s Gallery in the Rhondda Valley in September. Please click here to find out more about it.

 

Back To The Boomers

25 Aug

Marsden S

After yesterday’s drawing detour to The Druids’ Temple in The Lake District, I’m back with the Boomers that I drew last week. I’ve done over 50 of the planned 100, but I’ll still have to get my skates on to complete them by the end of the year. It’s a big age group, from 1946  to 1964 and this Boomer is one of the youngest. I’ve been drawing with a graphite stick into my A4 ringbound sketchbook and each sketch takes no more than 30 minutes, many take a fair bit less time.

 

the-hunt-rose-davies-poster

Over the last seven months, I have been travelling across South Wales with Rhondda-born archaeologist Dewi Bowen and Swansea film maker Melvyn Williams in all weathers with my portable drawing board, portfolio of Fabriano paper and a bag full of assorted artist’s materials to draw our ancient heritage.  Dewi is researching his latest book on Neolithic monuments and Melvyn is making a documentary film of our literary and artistic adventures.

I’ve done around 50 drawings now and these will be exhibited in my solo show in The Worker’s Gallery in the Rhondda Valley in September. Please click here to find out more about it.

 

The Druid’s Temple

24 Aug

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I spent a few days in glorious sunshine in The Lake District in Cumbria last week and I just happened to be staying a few minutes walk from Birkrigg Common where there is a lovely Neolithic double stone circle, The Druid’s Temple. Double stone circles are rare so it was a treat to be able to sit and draw at one in such wonderful conditions. It makes a change to sketch in sunshine instead of battling gales, rain and sleet! Summer finally arrived in Britain!

Druid's circle 4

I worked with conté crayons in black, white and sanguine and also Daler Rowney artist soft pastels The paper is Fabriano that I had prepared with several layers of gesso and then drizzled it with my own home-made walnut ink.

“The Druid’s Circle” is now available for sale in my Artfinder gallery, please click here to take a look.

 

 

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Solo show: Yr Helfa / The Hunt

Over the last seven months, I have been travelling across South Wales with Rhondda-born archaeologist Dewi Bowen and Swansea film maker Melvyn Williams in all weathers with my portable drawing board, portfolio of Fabriano paper and a bag full of assorted artist’s materials to draw our ancient heritage.  Dewi is researching his latest book on Neolithic monuments and Melvyn is making a documentary film of our literary and artistic adventures.

I’ve done around 50 drawings now and these will be exhibited in my solo show in The Worker’s Gallery in the Rhondda Valley in September. Please click here to find out more about it.

 

Bittersweet

22 Aug

Baylis K

On my quest to draw one hundred Baby Boomers, I’ve had three full days of drawing recently in the lovely Galerie Simpson, and it’s been great catching up with old friends and acquaintances as well as meeting new people. One of my sitters was on the same Foundation course at Art College back in the 1970s (no, there were no dinosaurs) and it’s bittersweet remembering back sometimes and wondering how time has flown by so quickly.

Eventually, I’ll be using the 100 drawings in a large scale installation about my generation. I haven’t decided exactly how I’ll do it yet, but I’m thinking along the lines of developing the drawings into printmaking media to build up small and large iconic images from our era.

 

Over the last seven months, I have been travelling across South Wales with Rhondda-born archaeologist Dewi Bowen and Swansea film maker Melvyn Williams in all weathers with my portable drawing board, portfolio of Fabriano paper and a bag full of assorted artist’s materials to draw our ancient heritage.  Dewi is researching his latest book on Neolithic monuments and Melvyn is making a documentary film of our literary and artistic adventures.

I’ve done around 50 drawings now and these will be exhibited in my solo show in The Worker’s Gallery in the Rhondda Valley in September. Please click here to find out more about it.

And if you want to see some of my other artwork, please click on the image below.

Quoit

A Man Of Distinction

21 Aug

Spriggs P

When you’ve been drawing as long as I have, just about all my life, you realise how different people look, even those who look alike are not really, except maybe identical twins. But sometimes you meet an individual of such distinction that they stand out from the crowd and this Baby Boomer who posed for me recently is such a man. But not necessarily easier to draw. When someone has such a distinctive face, you can’t fudge it and get stuff in the wrong place because it’s instantly noticeable. This is one of the 100 Baby Boomers I have been drawing for some time now. I’m just over half way through and hope to finish by the end of this year. Eventually, these will be used in a large scale installation about my generation. I haven’t decided exactly how I’ll do it yet, but I’m thinking along the lines of developing the drawings into printmaking media like silkscreen, woodcut or stamp and using these to build up small and large iconic images from our era.

 

Over the last seven months, I have been travelling across South Wales with Rhondda-born archaeologist Dewi Bowen and Swansea film maker Melvyn Williams in all weathers with my portable drawing board, portfolio of Fabriano paper and a bag full of assorted artist’s materials to draw our ancient heritage.  Dewi is researching his latest book on Neolithic monuments and Melvyn is making a documentary film of our literary and artistic adventures.

I’ve done around 50 drawings now and these will be exhibited in my solo show in The Worker’s Gallery in the Rhondda Valley in September. Please click here to find out more about it.

And if you want to see some of my other artwork, please click on the image below.

Quoit

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