Tag Archives: Wales

Warming Up

17 Oct

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Here’s a quick warm-up sketch I did at life drawing last week at Swansea Print Workshop. After this I worked on a portrait study for an hour, but I find I need to have a quick scribble to start with, to get used to the model and pose before committing myself to a longer study.

 

Although it was done quickly, I really like the immediacy of it. I find that when I tell myself that something is just a warm-up or a practice, I am much freer and less inhibited in my approach.

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I worked onto my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet with a free Markers app, sometimes with a stylus and sometimes with my finger.

Formidable

12 Oct

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At the end of tonight’s life drawing session at Swansea Print Workshop, our model asked if she always looked ‘cross’ when she posed. I don’t think she looks cross at all, so I explained about what younger people call a “resting bitch face”. I roared with laughter when I first heard that phrase, but it really does sum up what happens when our faces relax. I’ve drawn hundreds of people and it isn’t possible to keep a natural smile going for very long, then our faces relax down into “resting bitch” mode. She has a great face, strong, formidable, full of character. I drew onto my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet with a free Markers app.

madeinroath

7 Oct

With my fellow Plebeian Printmakers I’ll be making street prints at the madeinroath festival in Cardiff on Saturday October the 21st so if you’re about, please come and see us in action between 11.00 and 15.00.

The theme of this year’s festival is ‘When You Have More Than You Need, Build A Longer
Table, Not A Higher Fence’ and in keeping with this, we will take prints from manholes and metal covers from local roads and pavements, in a variety of colours, onto paper doilies and napkins that will be used as place settings on the “Longer Tables Street Party” on Plasnewydd Road throughout the day. Here’s a copy of the madeinroath brochure – there’s loads going on throughout the week.

Some of The Plebeian Printmakers – Melvyn Williams, Patricia McKenna-Jones, Hannah Lawson and Chris Harrendence. Kara Seaman will be joining us at madeinroath. And I’ll be there too….

 

The Plebeian Printmakers is a very visible group of artists experienced in working and interacting with the public and we give people the opportunity to talk as well as observe what we’re doing, encouraging them to immerse themselves in their surroundings, to slow down and appreciate what’s often overlooked in the built environment. We use non-toxic, washable materials so that people can join in and make their own print if they want.

We recently did some street printmaking in Swansea at the Troublemakers Festival and one of our members, Melvyn Williams, made this short film of us at it.

 

 

 

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A lot of my artwork is available on my Artfinder gallery.  If you’d like to have a look, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

Life Drawing (Female Nude)

5 Oct

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Just back from life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop. Our model has been working with us for seven years and she’s an absolute inspiration. Being an artist’s model isn’t just a matter of sitting still, good models bring an undefinable something to the creative process. I love going to the sessions, the group of artists is interesting and friendly and I usually make a cake for tea break. Today I made a classic Victoria Sandwich filled with home-made gooseberry jam. I grew the gooseberries on our allotment.

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I drew onto my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet, with a free Markers app. And now I’m off to bed. Goodnight x

Artes Mundi

12 Sep

Husb and I were at g39 in Cardiff this evening at the announcement of the Artes Mundi shortlist. This is an internationally focused arts organisation that “identifies, recognises and supports contemporary visual artists who engage with the human condition, social reality and lived experience.” It’s possibly best known for its biennial international Exhibition and Prize which awards a £40,000 prize to the winner.

Of course, I had a scribble…..

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Then my pen ran out …..

 

A lot of my artwork is available on my Artfinder gallery.  If you’d like to have a look, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

Gors Fawr, near Mynachlog-ddu in the Preseli mountains, a lush green bog fringed with glowing hills.

 

Taking A Break

4 Sep

It’s the holidays, so I’ve had a bit of a break from art and blogging for a few days and now I’m ready to get stuck in again. I helped to set up a window display of prints at Volcano on Swansea’s High Street today, with my fellow Plebeian Printmakers. We took part in the recent ‘Troublemakers Festival’, making prints from manhole covers in the streets and we’re showing them at Volcano through September.

Some of The Plebeian Printmakers – Melvyn Williams, Patricia McKenna-Jones, Hannah Lawson and Chris Harrendence

 

Melvyn made a short film of us making our prints in the street – here it is ….

We’ll be doing it again in Cardiff at the ‘Made In Roath’ arts festival on October 21st. More on that later …

 

 

 

A lot of my artwork is available on my Artfinder gallery.  If you’d like to have a look, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

Surreal Scribbles

18 Aug

Husb and I were just listening to the BBC4 concert of music by Ravi Shankar and Phillip Glass, with the awesome Anoushka Shankar playing. It was sublime. I decided to do a bit of automatic drawing,  which the Surrealists did a lot of. I uploaded a photo of a pastel multilayered scribble that I worked on a couple of days ago into the Markers app on my Samsung Galaxy Tablet Note 8. Then I started scribbling along with the music, randomly,  without trying to make the marks look like anything in particular.  I rarely draw from my imagination,  I draw from life, so it’s good for me to let go and give myself a bit of freedom. 

Twijazzling And Sheeptacular

31 Jul

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The Royal Welsh Show was on last week, the biggest annual agricultural show in Wales. I’ve been a couple of times but I find it a bit odd because I’m a proper townie. A while back, I visited some chums who raise pigs, in very nice humane conditions, and did some scribbling. One of my sketches became this lino cut of their Mangalitza Boar. Here’s their website, it’s very interesting but perhaps best avoided if you’re vegetarian or vegan.

There’s a new online publication called The Eye Magazine all about life in Wales. I spotted this article, a spoof about the Royal Welsh Show. It’s hilarious. Seriously funny. Take a few minutes to read it, it’s only short. It’s called “Twijazzling Furore At The Royal Welsh“. Twijazzling is such a bonkers concept I wouldn’t be surprised if it takes off. Do watch the “Welsh Sheeptacular” video in the article. It’s genius!

 

A Snippet

30 Jul

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I posted a tiny bit of some work I started yesterday and today I took it a stage further. Here’s a little snippet of it but it’s secret at the moment so I can’t say anymore.

 

Meanwhile, tomorrow …….

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Sshhh!!!!

29 Jul

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I’ve been working flat out on something secret. That’s all I can say but I’ll let you see a tiny snippet of one of my working drawings. This work won’t come to fruition for another year or so and I’m so excited about it. Watch this space…….

 

But in the meanwhile, coming up very fast …..

 

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