Tag Archives: Waun Wen

Scraping And Scribbling

27 Mar
Scribbling on top of scrapings.

I’m feeling a bit better each day as the Covid19 symptoms are going and I’m getting a bit stronger, and today was the first since the illness started 10 days ago that I’ve been able to think about doing anything remotely arty.

Scraping leftover paint.

Whenever I do a painting, I scrape any leftover acrylic paint onto spare canvasses or heavy textured papers, to form a base, or ground, for further work. I’ve had this piece of A4 sized hand-made Khadi paper around so today I had a bit of a scribble on top with some Daler Rowney soft oil pastels.

I based this exercise on a few drawings I’d done en plein air of the view over Swansea from a hill in the Waun Wen area of the city. It’s isn’t an accurate representation, I’m just having a play with the materials and the shapes, seeing what I can do with them.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

Then It Went Pear-Shaped!

15 Mar
The eighth stencil, printed in sap green.

Disaster. I cut the eighth stencil and printed it onto my screenprint landscape of Waun Wen, in a translucent sap green …. and it’s HORRIBLE! I hate it! It just goes to show that in spite of careful planning and having something in your mind’s eye, things can suddenly go pear-shaped. I didn’t print them all, I’ll have to rethink what I’m going to do next. And I’ll have to work out a way to rescue the three that I’ve printed with this horrible intrusive colour. Back to the drawing board. Literally!

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks.

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage artefacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

A Lot Of Cutting…..

14 Mar

Today I cut the seventh paper stencil to screenprint onto my view of Waun Wen, a second cutting of the little houses snuggling on the hill. I mixed up a warm grey then added a dollop of gold to take it into a sort of creamy, slightly sparkly pale olive colour. The process is getting more and more tense, in case I make a massive mistake. But I like this colour and I think there’s enough detail in the buildings now, so maybe one or two translucent layers on the larger landscape and hopefully I’ll be done.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks.

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage artefacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

Pearly Pink And Complex Cutting

11 Mar
The fifth stencil printed with a pearlised pink.

Carrying on with the paper-cut stencil screenprint of a view over Waun Wen, I printed a very simple ripped paper stencil with a translucent mix of Process Magenta, Screenprint Medium and Pearlised Medium (all Daler Rowney).

Colour print number six, adding some houses in white.

Then I knuckled down and did some complex cutting, removing some of the houses and printing them in an opaque white onto the grey background. It’s getting there!

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks.

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage artefacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

Papercut Screen Stencils

5 Mar
A vivid cyan overprinted onto a rich purple.

Inspired By Sarah Hopkins.

Today was Day 1 of Sarah Hopkins’ two-day course in paper stencil screenprint technique that I’ve got a place on. I’m using a photograph (by Melvyn Williams) from my recent Waun Wen artist residency as the basis of the image, but as I develop the layers of colour it will probably move quite a long way from the original, below. More information about courses at Swansea Print Workshop here.

Waun Wen In The Mist.

Waun Wen from Colbourne Terrace.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks.

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage artefacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

The Second Of Four ….

2 Mar
The second screenprint of manholes

Here’s the second of my series of 4 prints based on photographs of manhole covers (by Melvyn Williams) in the Waun Wen area of the city. The images are accompanied by the Welsh place names and their English translation, dating from pre-Industrial times when it was rural and they evoke a rather beautiful landscape.

Part of the Home and Hinterland community arts project in partnership with Swansea University’s Taliesin Arts Centre.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks.

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage artefacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

The First Of Four ….

28 Feb

The first of the manhole series completed.

I’ve completed my series of four screenprints, inspired by my recent residency on the Waun Wen area of the city. Here’s the first, combining the images of three local manhole covers (from photos taken by Melvyn Williams), with text featuring local Welsh place names and their English translation. These transport us back to a time before the Industrial Revolution when the area was rural and unspoilt. Delightful.

Working with residents and students.

I set up some screen printing stations on the last few Tuesdays at the community centre and invited local residents to come and join me and have a go, with engineering students from Swansea University who were getting some experience of the arts. It’s been a wonderful project and I’m sorry it’s over, but I’m looking forward having a rest!

Part of the Home and Hinterland community arts project in partnership with Swansea University’s Taliesin Arts Centre.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks.

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage artefacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

Spoons, Screenprints And So Long

27 Feb
Ceramicist Esther and resident John.

I’ve been a bit quiet on my blog for a few days, been busy with the last of my arts project in the Waun Wen area of the city. Today was the final session, saying so long to the residents and other artists who have been getting involved over the past 15 weeks and collecting porcelain cups and spoons and screen prints. And drinking tea and eating cake. Lush.

Spoons and screenprints.

Part of the Home and Hinterland community arts project in partnership with Swansea University’s Taliesin Arts Centre.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks.

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage artefacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

The Blues On A Sunny Day

24 Feb
The Big Reveal!

Just a few more days left of my residency in the Waun Wen area of the city and Dan McCabe from Swansea’s Glynn Vivian Art Gallery came up and did a fab session about indigo dyeing with some local residents. It’s the topic of one of their latest exhibitions. The weather’s been awful recently, three major storms in a row, but the afternoon was lovely, sunny and bright so we were all able to go outside.

It’s a messy business.

When the wet material is first unfolded, the indigo is green but it quickly changes to blue after a few seconds of exposure to oxygen. It’s like magic! It’s the traditional colour of denim , a heavy-duty fabric for work-clothes from France. And we all know it as the colour of blue jeans.

Part of the Home and Hinterland community arts project in partnership with Swansea University’s Taliesin Arts Centre.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks.

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage artefacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

Four So Far.

16 Feb
Waun Wen manhole covers from original photos by Melvyn Williams.

Wait And See.

Four of my screenprints of Waun Wen manholes have two colours printed so far. There’s one more with just one colour, so the second colour will be screened later this week. And then they’ll all have some text overprinted but you’ll have to wait and see …..

Part of the Home and Hinterland community arts project in partnership with Swansea University’s Taliesin Arts Centre.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks.

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage artefacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

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