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Family And Folly Farm

29 Aug

Camel Dau Grwbi

Finally! A day out with family. To celebrate a little one’s birthday. We’ve been isolated for months but today we piled into cars, masked and sanitised, and headed West to Folly Farm. It’s a British Bank Holiday so of course it was chilly and damp, but it was still a fantastic day out. I scribbled a Bactrian camel and learned that its name in Welsh is Camel Dau Grwbi. I can’t describe how wonderful it was to be able to get together and have a grand day out in the fresh air in a lovely place. We’re in Easedown now, not Lockdown and I was impressed with the improvements Folly Farm has done to make the place safer.

 

 

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique 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.

In this one, I combined the image of the bird with snippets of text of things my Nana used to say. She used to take me to Swansea Museum a lot when I was small and I could hear her voice in the back of my head as I was sitting and drawing the birds and bugs.

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

 

 

I Hated Doing This One!

16 Aug

field 5

I finally finished the painting I started with Facebook’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club over a week ago. It’s a weekly session where people join in online to paint a fake. This is the first time I really found it a chore and to be honest I hated doing it, which is why it’s taken me so long. I kept putting it off. I decided after a few weeks in lockdown to improve my painting skills and so far this has been a good way of doing it. I shouldn’t moan, I suppose if it’s hard then I’m probably learning more than if I sail through it. All those sunflowers and lavender were so incredibly fiddly. Good discipline though.

 

Slobbing On The Settee

14 Aug

settee august

Today took some weird turns and I ended up doing things I wasn’t planning on, like making the most of the cooler weather to take the small hairy bandy-legged Pomerpoo for a long walk ….. and shopping for groceries …. nothing exciting. Add in a whole load of admin and a smattering of housework and here I am at the end of the day without doing anything arty so I quickly scribbled Husb as he’s slobbing on the settee watching telly. I could have scribbled the cat but she’s not speaking to me because we had the small hairy bandy-legged Pomerpoo to stay for a few days. Ballpoint pen into my A6 Frida Kahlo themed sketchbook.

sketchbook

I didn’t get it because it’s Frida Kahlo themed but because it was really cheap in a TK Maxx sale and it’s very good quality.

The Bandy Legged Ball Of Fur

13 Aug

bandy furball

It’s so hot and humid with thunderstorms and downpours coming and going and we’re dog sitting for a couple of days so Husb and I are trying to take the small hairy one for walks in between the heavy showers. I followed behind the Pooch and the Husb this evening, scribbling into my sketchbook. I had to move fast to catch her as she ran about – she doesn’t do anything slowly. The more I scribbled her, the more I realised that not only is she very furry, she’s also quite bandy-legged. I think I was finally getting somewhere with the last sketch, bottom just right of centre, but I stopped then because I was shattered – it’s so much harder exercising in this weather. The dog is a Pomerpoo ( a Pomeranian Poodle cross) and I drew her with a ballpoint pen.

Faking It Slowly

9 Aug

fields 3

I dropped into Facebook’s Wine and Cheese Painting Club on Friday, to practice and improve my skills. It looks like a fairly simple work but it’s surprisingly complex, with loads of layering, stippling the colours over each other.  It’s going to be a long job. This is what I managed in the hour and a half session but I reckon there’s another 4 hours at least. I didn’t get a chance to work on it through the weekend, today’s fine weather was perfect for a couple of hours down the allotment, followed by a few in the garden. A hot sweaty job. Got loads done though. So this fake is going to have to wait until tomorrow.

I use Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paints and Daler Rowney brushes.

I also got a cracking charity buy yesterday, from the Cats Protection shop. I love spiders. Always have, ever since I was little and got a liking for the little critters running up my arms – it tickles.

spider brooch

 

Scribbling After Weeding

21 Jul

8 Oystermouth

Did a hard session at the allotment this evening – it was too hot in the daytime – mostly weeding. The alternating torrential rain and hot sunshine is turning it into a jungle of weeds. After, I sat on a bench in the park and scribbled with some willow charcoal into my Khadi sketchbook.

Squint And Draw

20 Jul

Slip Bridge

Husb and I took a stroll along our local beach this evening, the weather was gorgeous, warm and sunny. I sat and drew the old Slip Bridge with charcoal into my Khadi sketchbook. The light was extreme and threw the bridge into sharp black and white so I squinted my eyes and tried to draw the light and shade, what I was actually seeing rather than trying to draw a bridge. The result is simplistic but dramatic with strange shapes where the symmetrical arches should be.

slip bridge 2

The Strange Tree

13 Jul

2020 penllegare

Yesterday the weather was lovely, warm and sunny not like today which is pouring down. Anyway just 24 hours ago Husb and I went for a walk in Penllegare Woods. We hadn’t been since before lockdown started. I saw this strange contorted tree so stopped to sketch it. I used Daler Rowney medium sticks of willow charcoal into a Khadi sketchbook.

Family Visit 2020

12 Jul

family 2020

Now that we’re having some easing of lockdown in Wales, it’s possible to visit family again, as long as we’re outdoors and wearing masks and so on…. Luckily we’re having a pretty good summer and there’s plenty of outdoor spaces. The 19th century terraced housing tends to have back gardens and in the 20th century, housing development in the area was influenced by the Garden City idea so there’s lots of green space for both public tenants and private owner occupiers.  Husb and I visited our cousins and sat in their gorgeous garden, chatting with our masks on and moving further apart to drink our tea. It’s strange not being able to hug family, but these strange times will pass.

Having A Natter

7 Jul

2020 cwmdonkin

I saw this little group when I was out walking with Husb yesterday, they’d taken their children to Cwmdonkin Parkand were having a natter. It’s nice to scribble little knots of people like this. It’s a good exercise because you have to get the proportions right while working quickly before they move away. I’ve been going to this park all my life and it’s the first time I’ve noticed how nice the benches are. I used a ballpoint pen into an A6 pocket sketchbook by Paperchase.

But what a change in 24 hours. Now it’s TORRENTIAL rain, gales – this is supposed to be the middle of SUMMER!!!!! No chance of taking their kids to the park today.

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