Tag Archives: Welsh art

#Caturday (And #Doggyday)

13 Feb

Here are the family pets from my big painting “Eighteen People, Two Dogs And A Cat”. I painted from screengrabs from our Zoom weekly family quizzes. I tried to keep the paintings close to the actual images as they appeared on the computer, all sorts of weird things happening. My cat looks a bit mad – but that’s nothing new. Each individual painting is quite small so many of the images are just a few brushstrokes.

I did the painting on a recycled canvas. Over the years I’ve tried to get to grips with painting – and failed – so I have a few canvasses in the attic ready to go. It’s nice because there’s some interesting colours and textures already on it.

 

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.

Inspired by drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique 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.

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

Finished!

11 Feb

Finished! My second original painting since I did Foundation Course at Swansea Art College way back in the 1970s. I’m calling it “Eighteen People, Two Dogs And A Cat” and it’s based on my family’s weekly pandemic Zoom quiz, which has been helping us to stay in touch and to stay sane, if I’m honest. I’ve been improving my painting skills weekly with Ed Sumner’s Friday Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook. I’ve done 35 paintings so far and built enough confidence to get on with something original. So it’s back to paint club tomorrow – maybe I’ll see you there? It’s free or a PayPal donation for those who can afford it.

 

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.

Inspired by drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique 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.

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

Working Upside Down

9 Feb

My Family Zoom painting is nearly finished but I was getting a bit stuck with the final touches so I turned it upside down, and the source photos too. Sometimes, when you’ve been working on an artwork for a while, you get to a point where you can’t see the wood for the trees and that’s where I was. Leonardo da Vinci recommends looking at the canvas in a mirror to see it afresh. Taking a digital photo can help as well. By working upside down, I was able to ignore my familiarity with the subjects and focus on the colours and shapes in front of me and their relationship to each other. I find it’s a really good technique for getting accuracy.

 

 

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.

Inspired by drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique 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.

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

Looming Large ….

8 Feb

When I look at the big picture, it doesn’t look like I’ve done that much today, but I’ve been concentrating on the details of the little panels, working up layers and layers of translucent and transparent Liquitex acrylic paints. I don’t have much more to do now, a bit more work on some of the faces, the pets, and strengthen the black borders. Then it’s done. Maybe tomorrow? I’m trying to keep close to the images on the screengrabs from our family Zoom quiz, where there are some quirky things going on – people looming large, spooky reflections in the mirror, a pink and green dog ….

 

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.

Inspired by drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique 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.

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

Never Any Trouble, Until Now….

7 Feb

My family Zoom painting has 18 people, 2 dogs and a cat and mostly it’s been not too difficult to do, but one or two of the images have been very challenging. This young relative has been exceptionally hard – I’ve really struggled. The angle of the camera, the lighting, the definition, the position of the person, all have an effect on the image and make it quite distorted.

The first couple of tries on canvas, using Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paint, were way off so I switched to paper, charcoal and gouache to play around and try and get it more accurate. Each reworking gave me a better insight into where I was going wrong.

The gouache study still wasn’t right but I thought I’d done enough to get back to the canvas.

And that’s where I am now – the one on the right – almost there. His eyes are a bit funny still, and his right eyebrow a bit skewiff, but I’m confident I can sort it out tomorrow. The funny thing is, this young relative is so sweet, he’s never been any trouble ….. until now!

 

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.

Inspired by drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique 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.

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

Back In The ’70s

2 Feb

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I’m cracking on with my series of Baby Boomer 30-minute sketches at the moment and this was a very intense drawing, with both of us very quiet and focussed. We were in art college together back in the 1970s and it seems like such a little time ago, but four decades have flown by. Drawn with a mid-grey graphite into an A5 spiral bound sketchbook.

Wild Curly Hair

31 Jan

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Here’s another of my series of portrait drawings of fabulous Baby Boomers. I’m so enjoying doing these, the conversations I’ve been having are just as important as the physical act of drawing; it’s informing and consolidating my thoughts for the future development of the work. This Baby Boomer is a fellow artist and was having a conversation with yet another artist at The SPace on Swansea’s High Street where I was drawing her. This made it more difficult than usual to get an accurate likeness but I think it led to a more animated drawing. It was fun drawing her scarf and wild curly hair. I used a dark grey graphite stick into my A5 spiral bound sketchbook.

Those Cheekbones

27 Jan

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I did another 30 minute portrait drawing this morning with a Baby Boomer with the most fantastic cheekbones. His face is so sculpted that I became absorbed in the abstraction of the planes and angles. Awesome. I drew him at The SPace, Swansea’s newest artspace at 217 High Street, Swansea, open Wednesday to Saturday, 11.30 to 5.00 until mid February.

50 Shades Of Brown

8 Nov

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Yesterday, Husb and I went to the launch of the latest exhibition, Of Site And Song, at the lovely Workers Gallery in Ynyshir. This gorgeous venue recently celebrated its first birthday. It used to be the village library but it was closed down because of austerity cutbacks and artists Gayle Rogers and Chris Williams reopened it as a charming gallery, sculpture workshop, studio and art shop. They have also created a reading area for local people to drop in and browse art books. Chris is a sculptor and he created The Rhondda Tunnel in cardboard as the centrepiece of the new exhibition.

We drove back across the mountain but instead of our usual route  via Maerdy and Aberdare, we went through Treorchy and Pontrhydyfen. Whichever way you go the views are spectacular and during the Autumn the hills are burning with 50 shades of brown. Glorious.

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The Dragon, The Star And The Crescent Moon

6 Oct

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Back in April 2014 I travelled to Pakistan with another Swansea Printmaker to do a residency at the Zaira Zaka Print Studio near Rawalpindi. It was an amazing and exhausting experience – jet lag, culture shock, a visit to the ancient monuments at Taxila; working day and night in the studio with my fellow artists to make enough work for a show; the exhibition launch at the fabulous Satrang Gallery in Islamabad opened by the British Ambassador; the hectic weekend in Lahore for my birthday; a full schedule of meetings with artists and gallery owners when we came back from Crazy Lahore, home, reverse culture shock, jet lag!

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Hannah Lawson, Zaira Zaka and me in Zaira’s fabulous print studio near Rawalpindi.

When I got home, I was pitched straight back into normal hectic life and it’s taken a while to get my thoughts in order, to get back to the experience, to draw inspiration and develop new work from it.

But something’s finally happening! My fellow printmaker, Hannah Lawson and I are bringing our experiences back home in a four-day pop-up studio at Swansea Print Workshop, from Friday October the 23rd to Monday October the 26th .

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Hanna, Zaira and me at the Taxila Buddhist UNESCO ancient monument in north-west Punjab.

We’re kicking off with a family-friendly Welsh – Pakistani tea from 4.30 – 7pm on Friday the 23rd, with Welsh Cakes and Bara Brith, Pink Chai and Builder’s Brew, Pakoras and Samosas and home made chutneys and jams. So if you’re in the area, please pop in.

And the Dragon, the Star and the Crescent Moon? Those are our flags. Pretty cool flags, huh?

I blogged more or less daily while I was in Pakistan and here’s one I did at the beginning of the journey.

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