Tag Archives: Womens Arts Association

Recycled Sketchbook

9 Nov


I’ve had this handmade leather Steampunk style sketchbook for ages and used up all the paper a while ago. Its simple design meant that I could remove its innards and replace them with new (old) paper. I have loads of bits of paper left over from drawing or printmaking projects, some plain, some covered with ink or some sort of print or even squeegeed acrylic or cyanotype. I cut the leftovers down to fit and reassembled the sketchbook. Bob’s your uncle!


I did some scribbles en plein air at an event in Swansea’s Castle Square, the city meeting place, a few weeks ago. It was organised to offer positive support to refugees in the area.


The grey/white pages on the right are recycled bits of Somerset paper that had been squeegeed with Daler Rowney acrylic screen-printing medium and overprinted with a photoscreen image in white. I’ve been trying out some new UniBall pens – Uni Pins – and they work really well on the plain white paper, but a bit less so on the bits squeegeed with acrylic which dragged a bit.


I have a new piece of art in the Womens Arts Association exhibition, opening on Saturday 11th November. Please pop by and take a look if you’re in Cardiff🙂

Head, Hands And Feet – Female Nude (Parental Guidance)

8 Nov


I recently worked with a female model who is a body builder. I had worked with her some years ago before she started her stringent diet and exercise regime and it’s interesting to see how the shape of her body differed so much from before. She now has virtually no body fat.


Before I started drawing in earnest, I did a small thumbnail sketch in the top corner in ink, to get familiar with the proportions and perspective.


This pose gave me a good view of head, hands and feet and as it was an hour long, I was able to give them all a reasonable amount of attention. The hands were particularly difficult because of the foreshortening.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

I drew onto brown wrapping paper using white, sanguine and black conté crayons. I took photos at different stages of the drawing process and you can see the drawing developing in the slide show.


I have a new piece of art in the Womens Arts Association exhibition, opening on Saturday 11th November. Please pop by and take a look if you’re in Cardiff🙂




A New Exhibition

5 Nov


In it’s final week! Appearing in the Womens Arts Association exhibition at Cardiff’s Llanover Hall until December 12th 2016.

A few days ago I finished a short residency at the lovely Galerie Simpson where I had the space and time to develop a new piece of art. I’m a 2 dimensional artist, I have a 2D brain and I experimented with making something 3 dimensional, without the benefit of a 3D brain. I was inspired by one of my favourite artists, Käthe Kollwitz and worked with an image created from a rubber stamp that I had made from a silkscreen print of her I had done from a drawing. I printed with Intaglio Printmaker Litho / Relief ink thinned with some Extender onto Japanese Shiohara paper. I incorporated text which was a sort of love letter to Käthe, using Uni Pin fineline pens. I stitched it on an Edwardian Singer sewing machine and the work is supported with 2mm aluminium armature wire.

The work has been accepted into a Womens Arts Association exhibition that begins tomorrow in Cardiff. Please pop in to the opening event on November 11th if you’re passing 😀


<span>%d</span> bloggers like this: