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Mahoosive Manhole

27 Jul

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Some manholes are much bigger than others, big enough to get a man down a hole. Here’s one printed by The Plebeian Printmakers the other weekend at the Gwyl Troublemakers Festival. You can get an idea of it’s size by looking at my ridiculous Bagpuss slippers at the bottom.

 

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And coming soon to Cinema & Co…….

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Medieval Manhole

26 Jul

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Some manholes are not manholes at all. They’re too small to get a man down. While I was doing some public printmaking with The Plebeian Printmakers a couple of weekends ago, we saw all sorts of manhole covers, big and small and this lovely one was one of the smallest.

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We were puzzled by it because it has that number 8 on it and there was no keyhole so it didn’t give access to anything underground. My fellow Plebeian Printmakers, Lynne Bebb and Hannah Lawson found a similar one with the number 16 a bit further down Swansea’s High Street.

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They did some investigating later on and found that there are lots more in the area, seventeen in all, marking out a virtual tour of Medieval Swansea – you can find it here. 

 

 

 

 

And rushing up faster than I would like ….. because I have to get stuff ready for it …. ERK!!!!!! Please come if you can 😀

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Mediocre Manhole

25 Jul

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Manholes can be quite fancy but some are no-frills and this is one of them. But I like the typography. It’s done in metal. That’s the British Kite Mark on the bottom. I used a blue non-toxic water-based printing ink by Seawhites of Brighton, very economical.

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No time to rest ….. this is coming up in a few days …..

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Medium-sized Manhole

24 Jul

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I did some prints from street manhole covers along Swansea’s High Street as part of the Gwyl Troublemakers Festival a couple of weekends ago. I worked with some other printmakers from Swansea Print Workshop and we inked up all the way along the street. We wanted not only to take printmaking out into public, it’s often closeted away in specialist studios, but we also wanted people to stop and look at the lovely designs under their feet.

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These tell a history too, they come from different eras and have different purposes. They’re just as valid as the buildings, except people notice buildings more.

 

No time to rest ….. this is coming up in a few days …..

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The Last Of The Wet Ones

23 Jul

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Here’s the last drawing I made at the Troublemaker’s Festival last weekend, in the pouring rain, with my fellow Plebeian Scribblers, Chris Harrendence, Patricia McKenna-Jones and Melvyn Williams. Here we are below. The sketchbooks got really wet and I had extra problems because I had stuck ripped brown paper into my book, but the soaking started peeling it off.

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Photo courtesy of Gwyl Troublemakers Festival

Here’s a short film that Melvyn did of all the drawings we made…..

 

And no time to stop and rest …. on with the next thing ….. coming up at Cinema & Co ….

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Challenging

22 Jul

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My sketchbook has finally dried out after the soaking I had with The Plebeian Scribblers last Saturday at the Troublemakers Festival. We stood in the rain for a couple of hours, drawing in public and it was, well, challenging. I thought it might dry very crinkled or mouldy but it’s not too bad. It’s been very warm weather which helped dry it quickly.

 

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Here we are, from left to right, Chris Harrendence, me, Melvyn Williams and Patricia McKenna-Jones. I really like working with other artists. It can be a very isolated profession so it’s nice to get out and collaborate. We tried different drawing materials but we pretty much ended up using graphite blocks which dissolved into a lovely fluid line on the soaking paper.

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Photograph courtesy of Gwyl Troublemakers’ Festival

 

 

No time for slacking, on to the next arty shenanigans – coming up on July 31st …….Page_1

Just Like Home

9 Jun

Rain And Horror

Husb and I were in Berlin in a heatwave last week and we visited the Saschenhausen Concentration Camp in one of the Berlin suburbs. The temperature had been up to around 30° Celsius, way too hot for a bunch of gingery Celts but the skies grew dark and there was a sudden, very fierce, thunderstorm. Being Welsh, we just stood there in the pouring rain, just like home. Then we turned around and noticed that the rest of our tour group were all huddled for shelter at the side of one of the huts.

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I carried on drawing into my brown paper sketchbook. The rain spattered the conté crayons and made the drawing quite fuzzy, which I really like. It prevented me from getting bogged down in detail and forced me to take an emotional approach to the subject, three poles set into the concrete square that were used to punish the poor souls imprisoned in this hellhole.

Never Forget

4 Jun

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Husb and I spent a few days in Berlin this earlier this week and spent some time visiting the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp on the outskirts of the city. It was moving and chilling; I was shocked to discover that it was surrounded by a nice, middle-class housing estate. People turned a blind eye to the horror that was built in their midst. In these troubled times, with terror attacks by fundamentalists and calls for retaliation from extremists, we need to remember more than ever what can happen when intolerance gets out of hand.

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It wasn’t easy to sketch as we were moving more or less constantly as part of a guided tour (well worth paying for), but I managed some speed sketches and a few digital photos. There was a thunderstorm while we were there, the looming sky suited the place.

Old School Panorama

11 May

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And here’s the third drawing I did from Cefn Bryn en plein air last week, while I was tramping the Neolithic and Bronze Age landscape of The Gower Peninsula with prehistorian Dewi Bowen and filmmaker Melvyn Williams. The three drawings form a panoramic view, which is how they were done before digital cameras and smartphones.

 

I have put my series of drawings en plein air of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you want to see more, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page. So did you know that Elvis Presley is descended from the Welsh? This drawing below is the legendary grave of Saint Elfys (Elvis) in Pembrokeshire, not for from the Presceli Mountains. Elfys? Presceli? Elvis Presley? Coincidence? hhhmmmm

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Windy

10 May

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Here’s another of my recent sketches en plein air in the ancient Neolithic / Bronze Age landscape across South Wales. Most of the drawings I’ve done on my travels over the last year or so have been quite large, but last week it was so windy that I decided to work into my A4 brown paper sketchbook and I liked it so much I might just carry on for a while. This is part of the landscape around the magnificent Arthur’s Stone / Maen Ceti on Cefn Bryn on The Gower Peninsula. I sketched very quickly because of the high wind which forced me to focus on the essentials of the scene instead of getting bogged down in detail.

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