Tag Archives: #Valleys


4 Dec

Had a virus a couple of weeks ago and have been poorly ever since, something like post-viral fatigue which has really wiped me out so I haven’t done much artwork. Here’s one of the redrawings I have been doing, based on the drawings I did en plein air throughout South Wales earlier in the year, working into a brown paper sketchbook with white, sanguine and black conté crayons. These redrawings are allowing me to move towards greater abstraction and this one almost looks like a mask.


The Undiscovered

1 Dec

I’m in the process of redrawing the series of major drawings of ancient standing stones I did earlier this year. This is the Cockett Valley stone, undiscovered for thousands of years until woodland clearance in the 1970s took place to extend the school playing fields. It’s now out in the open, overlooking the small river snaking along Cockett Valley. I’m redrawing into an A4 brown paper sketchbook with a limited pallette of black, white and sanguine conté crayons, with a view to developing a suite of lino or wood cut prints next year.

The Mari Llwyd

25 Nov


Just back from Swansea Storytelling Club where there was a brief appearance from a Mari Llwyd, an ancient Welsh tradition based on a horse’s skull. It was made by local artist and musician, David Pitt. Of course, I scribbled it…….


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



A Beautiful Head

24 Nov


Just back from a life drawing session at Swansea Print Workshop – I concentrated on portraiture this week. I drew with conté crayons in white, black and sanguine. I made a Victoria Sandwich for our tea break with home made jostaberry jam. Now I’m tired and off to bed. Good night zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz


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



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.


50 Shades Of Brown

8 Nov

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Yesterday, Husb and I went to the launch of the latest exhibition, Of Site And Song, at the lovely Workers Gallery in Ynyshir. This gorgeous venue recently celebrated its first birthday. It used to be the village library but it was closed down because of austerity cutbacks and artists Gayle Rogers and Chris Williams reopened it as a charming gallery, sculpture workshop, studio and art shop. They have also created a reading area for local people to drop in and browse art books. Chris is a sculptor and he created The Rhondda Tunnel in cardboard as the centrepiece of the new exhibition.

We drove back across the mountain but instead of our usual route  via Maerdy and Aberdare, we went through Treorchy and Pontrhydyfen. Whichever way you go the views are spectacular and during the Autumn the hills are burning with 50 shades of brown. Glorious.

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Up The Mountains

29 Oct

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Today I dropped off some new work to the wonderful Workers Gallery in Ynyshir in the Rhondda Valley. Husb and I drove up over Aberdare and Maerdy and stopped to take some photos of the rugged scenery in the late Autumn light. Wonderful place.

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The new exhibition, ‘Of Site And Song’ opens on November the 5th and runs until December the 23rd. It would be lovely for people to make a little trip up to this lovely gallery and to take in the amazing landscape as well.

A Metre Squared

16 Nov


There’s a new gallery opening in Ynyshir in the Rhondda Valley in South Wales. It’s being run by artists Gayle Rogers and Chris Williams and they’ve put together a group of artists to become gallery artists. Each of us has a metre squared of wall space and that’s our own, permanently. I’ve made a metre squared notice board and constructed a sequence showing the development of a photopolymer intaglio plate from original drawing to finished editioned print. I thought it might be more interesting for people to see than if I just used the space to hang a small group of framed pieces.

The Workers opens officially next Friday, the 21st of November from 10 – 5. The Workers is at The Old Library, 9 Ynyshir Road CF39 0EN. There is a new exhibition of 2 and 3D work by Gale and Chris, the gallery artists metres squared, Gayle’s studio and a small gallery shop full of juicy merchandise.

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