Tag Archives: Welsh Cakes

To Paint Or Not To Paint?

24 Oct

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That’s the question, isn’t it? Some printmakers think it’s acceptable to hand-colour etchings and some don’t. I do. This is a little drypoint I did a few weeks ago at The Bagpuss Window based on a drawing I scribbled when I was in Pakistan last year. I’ve added colour with Winsor & Newton half pan artist watercolours applied with a small sable brush.

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Swansea Printmakers Hannah Lawson and Rosy Ind at Swansea Print Workshop

I’ve just completed day 2 of a 4 day open studio at Swansea Print Workshop with Hannah Lawson. We travelled together to Rawalpindi in April 2014 to do a residency at the Zaira Zaka print studio and we’re bringing a flavour of that to Swansea. Pop in and see us tomorrow or Monday – 10.30 to 5.00. We’ll give you tea and Welsh Cakes.

Tea And A Pop Up

22 Oct

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, exhausting and inspiring experience!

Rose Davies invitation

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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At Taxila, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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.

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‘Paisley Breakout’, a full-colour monotype inspired by a shopping mall in Islamabad

And we’re having an open-studio from Saturday 24th to Monday 26th, 10.30 – 5.00 each day where you can pop in and see our new work developing and have a look around our lovely print workshop.

The Dragon, The Star And The Crescent Moon

6 Oct

Rose Davies invitation

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.

Cake, More Cake And A Head

2 Aug

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Such a busy day. Putting up the new exhibition at Swansea Print Workshop this morning. It’s a gorgeous show of miniature prints from all over the world called Leftovers V. Then Husb and I went down for a much needed session on the allotment, loads of work to do but some harvesting too – potatoes, mint, chard, rhubarb, plums and cooking apples. Fresh food for some days to come. And on top of that, baking cakes for the exhibition tomorrow. We’re opening early evening with a traditional Welsh tea with bara brith, Victoria Sandwich, Welsh cakes and for the first time, I made a gluten-free vegan carrot cake. I’m caked out!

No time for sketching so I’m putting up one of the drawings I did at our life drawing group at Swansea Print Workshop on Thursday. This older male model has a very distinctive face that lends itself to bold mark-making with black and white conte crayon onto a rough brown parcel paper.

Up @ The Cove IV

1 Sep

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I’ve blogged this large drawing once before, when I first did it, but I’m blogging it again because it’s being exhibited in a group show of drawings, ‘Up @ The Cove 4’, curated by Tim Kelly. Here’s a link to The Cove’s Facebook page if you want to see more of the exhibitions there.

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It’s nice to take it out of a working space and put it up into a real-world place. The exhibition is entirely of drawings by about a dozen artists, each taking very different approaches and using different media in the pursuit of drawing. It’s on until November. The Cove is a funky cafe-bar with a terrific cellar artspace for solo shows and installations and bi-monthly mixed group shows in the cafe-bar bit. Good Welsh cakes too. Here are some Welsh cakes I drew while I was making them. You have to be quick or they’ll burn 🙂

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I Got More Wood…

9 Nov

 

I’ve been hacking away at my lump of old plywood today. I darkened the outline drawing I did yesterday with a greasy charcoaly thing from Daler Rowney – I should be more technical I know, but I lost the box it came in – and then I hacked the white bits out of it. I’m still hacking but I’m hoping to do a first proof next week.

The Swansea Print Workshop annual members’ exhibition previews next Tuesday (13th November) from 6.30 pm with a classic Welsh tea – Welsh Cakes, Bara Brith, lashings of tea and some wine too. Please join us if you’re anywhere near Swansea. The exhibition runs until December 20th and there will be loads of stuff to buy for Xmas pressies and cards too.

 

 

Welsh Cakes, Swansea Jack And Ladies Who Lunch.

9 Feb

Ink sketch: ladies lunching.

Managed to catch Husb’s cold so I wasn’t feeling too good at the studio this morning; by midday I had an urge for hot chocolate and a Welsh Cake – unusual because I don’t have a sweet tooth but I’ve noticed that I like chocolate and cakes much more when I’m unwell. I wandered down to a little cafe called Starvin’ Jacks as they make their own Welsh Cakes. Jacks is the nickname for people from Swansea and it’s supposed to have come from a famous dog, Swansea Jack, who rescued many people from drowning around the Swansea coastline back in the 1930’s. There is a memorial to him near the beach opposite the old cricket ground.

I settled into a chair about halfway along the cafe, facing the window, and commenced scribbling. These elderly ladies were lunching happily with friends. The hot chocolate came with lashings of whipped cream and a small chocolate flake and the Welsh Cake was spicy and delicious. Coupled with the Beecham’s Powder I took before going to the cafe, I was fortified for a couple more hours and managed to get quite a bit more drawing done back at the studio, developing preliminary sketches for a large composition. I drew this in my little cat sketchbook that I had for Xmas. It’s currently my favourite sketchbook, having usurped my little A6 recycled leather-bound sketchbook as soon as I unwrapped it. Do other artists have favourite sketchbooks I wonder?

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