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The Boy And The Pudding

8 May

I did some more work on the “Upside Down Boy” painting today. He’s a young relative who seems to like hanging upside down. When I’m working from photos, I like to turn them upside down anyway because I find it easier to get a likeness, you don’t get distracted by what you think is there, because the view is unfamiliar, you focus on the shapes and tones and colours. I’m using Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paint onto a small 25cms square stretched canvas. It’s fun, not too big to be a pain but big enough to do what I want.

I also made a plum tarte tatin. It’s Upside Down, like my young relative 😀 The weather has turned again – yesterday was brilliant and sunny, today is cold with torrential rain. Time for comfort food.

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 and to see the complete image.

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

Scribbling And Song In The Old Quarry

7 May

Lockdown is easing and things are starting to happen. Husb and I went to Rosehill Quarry at tea time to listen to Swansea folk musician, Angharad Jenkins, perform her recent song about the Quarry. It was a lovely sunny and warm Spring afternoon and Angharad sang to a group of local people of all ages against a backdrop of lush trees and shrubs. I used lots of mark-making to represent the foliage and I like the contrast with the simple line drawing of the figure. If you’re in the area, check it out, it’s a gorgeous nature reserve so close to the heart of the city.

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 and to see the complete image.

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

The Ice Cream Queue

1 May

Queueing has been a big feature of the pandemic lockdown and I’ve been scribbling them on and off. This was part of a queue for the ice cream van on the seafront at Criccieth in North Wales a couple of weeks ago. It was a fabulously sunny day and the local icecream, Cariad Gelato, was worth waiting for. I drew this with a Faber Castell Pitt drawing pen into an A6 bound sketchbook.

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 and to see the complete image.

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

Shivering In Snowdonia

29 Apr

Here’s another sketch I made in North Wales last week. Husb and I escaped for the first time in over a year, since lockdown started, and it was fabulous, a truly beautiful place. We stopped the car to look back at a wonderful view over Lake Gwynant in Snowdonia, and I had to make a choice about how to approach the sketch. We were only stopped briefly and it was still quite cold, although sunny, and we didn’t want to hang around for long, so I chose my brown paper sketchbook and black, sanguine and white conte crayons. I blocked in the main features of the scene in front and then jumped, shivering, into the car.

It’s the last chance to enter this year’s Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year ……

 

Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year are currently looking for artists to take part in the new series of the programme.

This amazing opportunity is open to all artists over 16, resident in the UK. To enter send in a landscape artwork that you have created within the last five years, via their website.

If selected to take part in the competition you will then be given the opportunity to paint a specially chosen, stunning landscape within the UK. The prize on offer is a £10,000 commission for a major British institution plus £500 worth of art materials from Cass Art. The deadline for applying to the competition is 30th April 2021.

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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.

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