Tag Archives: Valentine’s Day

Love Heart

14 Feb


It’s Valentine’s Day. Here’s a little heart for you from my tiny new sketchbook. I stuck in a torn scrap of recycled red tissue paper – it was wrapped around the lovely flowers that Husb got for me. I drew with Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens xxxxxxxx



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

The Wall Of Lurve

14 Feb


Day 1 of another of 15 Hundred Lives‘ monthly public art event in Creative Bubble in Swansea. We invite other artists to join us in the artspace to work alongside; it’s very stimulating to have so many artists in one place all focussed and making art. We also invite the public to join us and make their own artworks.

love wall

This month we have a Wall Of Lurve for the public pop-up work as it’s Valentine’s Day.

portraits 2I started two almost-life-size drawings of fellow artists, Melanie Ezra and Patricia McKenna Jones. I’m working on rolls of primed canvas with willow charcoal.I am working from photographs to start with, using a grid to scale up the images.

portraits 1

This is how far I got today. I like the style, it’s quite comic book. Tomorrow I’ll start to work in some colour. Not sure yet whether I’ll use oil bars with linseed oil and rags or acrylic System 3 inks mixed with acrylic medium and applied with rags. I don’t do brushes.

Couples And Irony.

14 Feb

Ink sketch: couples on Valentine's night.


We went out for a lovely meal this evening, because it’s Valentine’s Day and because we don’t need much of an excuse to go to PAs in Mumbles, one of our favourite restaurants. Usually when we eat out, we’re surrounded by families, single sex groups, friends on a night out but tonight it was only couples, which was a bit weird but also a bit lovely because the people in there ranged from twenty-somethings to eighty-somethings, all focussed on each other, holding hands, smiling. Dead soppy but nice at the same time.

We had a gorgeous meal and I thought I’d do some scribbling between courses as I don’t have a problem chatting and drawing, so I started sketching a youngish couple across the restaurant. Then the main course came and by the time I’d finished it, an elderly couple had arrived and sat in front of the original couple. I’d already sketched in the table and things on it, so what to do? Stop and start again? Well no. This is real life and things don’t always run smoothly, so I drew the new couple in over the existing drawing. It makes the elderly man look transparent. But it’s what happened, so here it is.

There was music playing in the background. It’s never loud in there, just nicely ambient but I noticed this track tonight because I think someone on the staff was having a laugh, given the occasion; Roy Orbison’s ‘It’s Over’ 🙂

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