Tag Archives: The Workers Gallery

Baseball Bat And Chips

15 Apr

Carn Eiddil

Husb and I took a road trip up some of the South Wales valleys today, calling in at the new Studio 18 gallery in Pontycymer owned by artist Kevin Sinnott, a fabulous artspace filled with gorgeous art; paintings, etchings, drawings, well worth a visit. Then over the mountain to The Workers Gallery in Ynyshir to catch the end of the current show from the gallery artists and guest sculptor Tobbe Malm from Norway. Always a great show on there. On the way home we called into a chippie in Ferndale for the best pie and chips and the chippie owner keeps a baseball bat behind the counter. My sort of place, totally! Then we drove up over the mountains , stopping at Carn Eiddil for a quick scribble up the valley before coming home.



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. This one is the legendary grave of Saint Elfys (Elvis) in Pembrokeshire, not for from the Presceli Mountains. Elfys? Presceli? Elvis Presley? Coincidence? hhhmmmm

St Elvis

Manure Mountain

8 Feb


Today I was back tramping around the South Wales countryside, continuing with Yr Helfa, The Hunt, a series of drawings done en plein air from ancient stone monuments. It’s been going on for a year now, with filmmaker Melvyn Williams and prehistorian Dewi Bowen and in between I had a solo show of around 40 drawings at The Workers Gallery. We visited Maen Bredwan or Carreg Bica, on Mynydd Drymmau in Neath Port Talbot, a vast standing stone which has been annexed into a fence and surrounded by barbed wire. I initially drew a quick sketch into my A4 brown paper sketchbook with black, white and sanguine conté crayons. We were high up on the mountain and it was cold, very cold. And there was lots of manure!

Dewi is researching his new book, ‘Hunting The Wild Megalith’, based on the premise that the ancient Welsh legend, The Boar Hunt / Y Twrch Trwyth, from The Mabinogion, can be tracked across the sites of Neolithic monuments throughout the South Wales landscape and Melvyn is making a film of our journey. Here’s a short one he did late last year…..





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.

St Elvis

Golden Light

30 Nov

I saw a brief interview on the television this evening with the actor Timothy Spall talking about his role in Mike Leigh’s film, Mr. Turner. He did a lot of art training for it and said that one of the things that has lasted is that he now looks hard at everything around him, noticing far more than he did before. And I think that’s something that artists do, we look more than most people and the more you look, the more you see. I took these photos this evening as I was walking home from the print workshop. The light from the low winter sun was gorgeous, golden and sparkling and illuminating the dingy urban alleyways.


I have some work in both the exhibitions below, if you’re passing through The Rhondda Valley or Cardiff, please pop in…..

Redraw, Reinterpret

28 Nov



I’m redrawing into my sketchbook from the series of drawings I did of Neolithic monuments across South Wales earlier this year. It gives me a chance to reinterpret the original work and see what comes out of it. I’m thinking maybe lino cuts?

Paring It Down

27 Nov


I did a series of drawings en plein air throughout the year, travelling across South Wales to draw Neolithic and Bronze Age stone monuments. I’m now redrawing them into a sketchbook because I want to pare them down, get to the essence of them, see what the vital details are and see what I come up with. Purely experimental at this stage but already I’m getting ideas for etchings and lino cuts. hmmmmm


I have some work in both the exhibitions below, if you’re passing through The Rhondda Valley or Cardiff, please pop in…..



Pushing Myself

26 Nov


I did a large series of drawings of Neolithic stone monuments throughout the past year, drawing en plein air, and I recently started to draw from the drawings to try to push mysef into more abstraction. I’m using three colours of conté crayon, white, black and sanguine into my new A4 size brown paper sketchbook. I like drawing onto coloured paper, it breaks the tyranny of the pristine white space. This is Carreg Coch (The Red Stone) in Carmarthenshire which is embedded in a hedge and surrounded by barbed wire, which helps to protect it. Many ancient stones have been moved or destroyed.


I have some work in both the exhibitions below, if you’re passing through The Rhondda Valley or Cardiff, please pop in


Sketchbooking The Stones

23 Nov


I spent many days between February and August this year travelling across South Wales drawing ancestral stones, which were exhibited in The Workers Gallery in September. Today, I decided to break open my new brown paper sketchbook and conté crayons and started to redraw my previous work, not copying it but using it to develop ideas and new directions in drawing. I normally work directly from life en plein air, so this is quite different for me. I did quite a few and I really enjoyed it. I might just go and fill the sketchbook this way.

I have work featured in two exhibitions at the moment – in The Workers Gallery in The Rhondda Valley and at Llanover Hall in Cardiff, both lovely venues and worth a look-in if you’re in the area.


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.



Up The Workers

19 Nov

Up at The Workers Gallery in Ynyshir tonight at the opening of their Winter Group show. It’s fab. I have two pieces in the exhibition and quite a few more scattered around the gallery. The group show is a great mix of work, interpretations and inspirations based on a poem by Mike Church.



27 Sep


This immense and fine stone is the Brynmaen Stone on Brynmaen Farm near Llannon in Carmarthenshire. It’s on private land and we asked permission at the farmhouse and the lovely farmer sent us up to the field with his son to protect us from the frisky cows and their new young bull. So kind and welcoming. Mr. Jones senior joined us while I was drawing and told us that there had been other standing stones around but they had been destroyed about a hundred years ago at the behest of a particularly iconoclastic Christian clergyman who was determined to thwart visitors to the ‘pagan’ stones. What a shame. It’s as bad as anything the Taliban and ISIS have done in recent times and it shows how fragile our heritage and history are in the face of fanatical beliefs.

I’m continuing my 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. Now that my recent solo show of these drawings, at The Workers Gallery, is over, it’s time to focus on finding a publisher for Dewi’s book and an outlet for Melvyn’s film.


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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