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The Hairiest Man

22 Jan

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Another drawing from the Cardiff gig last week, the launch of Rufus Mufasa’s album, “Fur Coats From The Lion’s Den”. This is Steve Andrews, possibly the hairiest man I’ve ever seen and also a fantastic musician.

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Another Scribble In The Dark

21 Jan

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Drawing at gigs in the near dark is good practice as I have to squint to see the basic details of what’s in front of me and get them down quickly before people move too much. It sharpens my instincts and improves my drawing in the light. I did a load of drawings at the launch of Rufus Mufasa’s new album, “Fur Coats From The Lion’s Den” in Cardiff earlier this week with a 6B graphite stick into my little lined notebook by Peter Pauper Press.

A Scribble In The Darkness

20 Jan

2018 jan the moon Cardiff

Husb and I were up in the ‘Diff (that’s Cardiff if you’re outside Wales) earlier this week for an evening of words and music the like of which I haven’t heard before. I’ve always been a metal-head, headbanging’s in my blood, but I loved the different styles of music I heard the other night. Rufus Mufasa has put together a great mix of performers to launch her album. Of course I had to have a scribble….. Here’s Beatbox Tangent (I think, I was so busy scribbling I kept forgetting to listen out for performer’s names) and someone in the audience listening. It’s hard to draw in the dark, but good discipline.

Check out Rufus’ album, “Fur Coats From The Lion’s Den“. If you like it please buy a copy as it’s so hard to make a living as a creative xxx

 

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Cover art on Rufus Mufasa’s album ” Fur Coats From The Lion’s Den”

 

I’m A Rock Chick But ……..

18 Jan

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Husb and I were out in Cardiff on Tuesday night, at The Moon venue, to see the awesome poet, Rufus Mufasa and her friends, a crazy crew of rappers, poets and musicians. Now I’m a headbanger and rock chick and I’m not usually in to any other sort of music but the hip hop and rapping scene in South Wales is amazing and I bought a non-rock / metal CD!!!! It’s Rufus’ album, “Fur Coats From The Lion’s Den”. It’s brilliant. Really brilliant. She’s immensely talented. You can hear it on YouTube but if you like it, please buy a copy because it’s so hard to make a living when you’re a creative.

 

 

Of course, I had a scribble. Craze The Jack is performing on the left and Jordan Da Cruz (I think) is leaning up against a wall on the right. It’s not easy scribbling in a very dark club, but it’s really good practice. And the rappers tend to jump around a lot so that’s good exercise too, capturing them in a few lines when they’re moving so much. I used a 6B graphite stick into my A5 lined notebook by Peter Pauper Press.

Cold And Cloudy

17 Jan

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Husb and I spent a few days in the Lake District with family last week. I didn’t do much drawing because I was spending quality time with my relatives, but we had a quick walk up on Birkrigg Common and I had a bit of a scribble en plein air. It was bitterly cold and the sky was dark with looming clouds except where a streak of sunlight stabbed its way through and reflected off the sea of Morecambe Bay in the distance. I drew into my A4 brown paper sketchbook from Seawhites of Brighton with conté crayons in black, white and sanguine.

A Very Quick Dead Horse

16 Jan

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Here’s the last drawing I did of the Ystradgynlais Mari Lwyd when it appeared at Gellionen Unitarian chapel a couple of weeks ago. I did it in a few seconds so I had to just get down the fundamental details of what I was looking at. I used mostly white conté crayon, a stub on its side, with a couple of very quick details in sanguine and black. Speedy drawings are good for getting down proportions and spacing, I find.

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Mari Lwyd is the ancient Welsh tradition linking back to the ancient Celtic / Gaulish goddess Epona and the Welsh mythological horse goddess and Queen of the Underworld Rhiannon from the Mabinogion. The New Year is welcomed by parading a life size puppet constructed around the skull of a horse along with a group of characters who each have a role to play in the celebrations.  There are links to a similar traditions in the UK, the Laare Vane (White Mare) on the Isle of Man and the Hobby Horse in parts of England. The tradition had almost died out by the mid 20th century after decades of opposition from Christian ministers across Wales, but it is now undergoing an enthusiastic revival.

Mari Lwyd’s Friends

14 Jan

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Mari Lwyd, the ancient Welsh tradition linking back to the ancient Celtic goddess Epona and the mythological Rhiannon, welcomes the new year by parading a life size puppet constructed around the skull of a horse along with a group of characters who each have a role to play in the celebrations. These characters vary from group to group and the Ystrad Fari Lwyd (from Ystradgynlais) includes a character in white representing the New Year and one in black representing the old year. They carry decorated sticks with bells on.

 

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Mari Lwyd’s friends at Gellionen Chapel

 

 

 

The Old Chapel

10 Jan

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Husb and I went to the old Gellionen Chapel last Sunday for a service that included Mari Ystrad, the Mari Lwyd from Ystradgynlais. The chapel, dating from the 1600s, is gorgeous and decorated with fresh boughs of holly. The service started with lighting a large candle and was not overtly religious, as the Unitarians welcome people of all faiths and none.

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Inside Gellionen Chapel with Mari Lwyd and her companions

 

The Mari Lwyd is an old Welsh tradition that  echoes back to ancient Celtic worship of the horse goddess Epona. There are links to a similar traditions in the UK, the Laare Vane (White Mare) on the Isle of Man and the Hobby Horse in parts of England.

A Strange Place

9 Jan

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Husb and I went to chapel last Sunday. Yes, that’s right, not something we would ever normally do. we went to see the Ystradgynlais Mari Lwyd at the Gellionen Unitarian chapel up on Gellionen Mountain. It was freezing cold but very sunny so I strolled out into the landscape and had a scribble into my A4 brown paper sketchbook with conté crayons in white, sanguine and black. There was a fantastic view that stretched down the mountains all the way to a glimpse of Swansea Bay with Mumbles in the background.

 

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The chapel is very old, dating from 1692 and is close to the sight of a much older Celtic church, Llan Eithrim. It’s set in a hollow surrounded by trees in a very atmospheric setting.

 

Kindness And Generosity

7 Jan

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Last week I said about the charity collection box that was stolen from the nativity scene in front of the Unitarian Church on Swansea’s High Street. The church was raising money for a homelessness charity this year and has had a nativity in a large glass case every Christmas for decades, since I was a very small child. My Mam and Nana and aunties would take me, my little sister and cousins to see it and I remember being so excited, it brought it home to me that it was Christmas. Well, the church set up a crowdfunding appeal to replace the £200 or so that was lost and thanks to peoples’ kindness and generosity, has raised over six times that amount. Please click here if you’d like to donate.

I stopped by and scribbled, en plein air, one of the nativity figures in white, sanguine and black conté crayon into my A4 brown paper sketchbook. For many years, European art colleges taught partly through the copying of classical statues. I find it so difficult to copy another artist’s work and style, the urge to put my own stamp on it is too great, I’m afraid.

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