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Blind Contour Bittern

10 Jul

blind contour

 

I did some blind contour drawings of the crazy stuffed bittern I was drawing recently at Swansea Museum. It was one of the taxidermy specimens from the museum stores and we were lucky to have been able to get to draw them. It’s good to go back to some basic drawing exercises now and again, good practice.

 

 

A Greenfinch In Stages

9 Jul

 

greenfinch 1

Here’s a little greenfinch I drew recently, a stuffed one, very old and fragile. I took photos of the different stages of development using conté crayons into my A4 spiral bound brown paper sketchbook. I used the white first, then sanguine and finally black.

 

 

I spent a day drawing with a group of artists at Swansea Museum, organised by Swansea Print Workshop and the Edinburgh-based artist Kelly Stewart.

 

 

 

Bitterns And Stripes

8 Jul

Bittern 1

I think I’m falling for those crazy bitterns. I couldn’t take my eyes of them at a recent drawing day at Swansea Museum, they’re awesome…..

Bittern 2

I used my Issabey brushes and my home-made walnut ink into a Khadi sketchbook, using the double spread. I focussed on the shape of the group, doing a sort of negative silhouette and using those thick stripes to enhance the composition.

 

 

Crazy Bittern

7 Jul

 

crazy bittern 1

I’d never seen a bittern before and didn’t even know they existed until I came across this crazy-looking one the other day. He’s stuffed, unfortunately, which may be why he looks a bit mad.

I spent a day drawing with a group of artists at Swansea Museum, organised by Swansea Print Workshop and the Edinburgh-based artist Kelly Stewart.

crazy bittern 2

Here’s an earlier stage of the drawing.

 

 

 

Skylarks

5 Jul

 

skylark 1

I spent a great day at Swansea Museum with a group of fellow artists and Edinburgh-based printmaker Kelly Stewart. We drew stuffed birds – lots of them – all very old and fragile. They had been in the museum stores and this was the first time some of them had seen light of day for years. Here are 4 studies of a skylark using a reed pen and my homemade walnut ink into a Khadi handmade sketchbook.

skylark 2

 

 

Looking Forward To It

4 Jul

Kelly's course

I’m really looking forward to Swansea Print Workshop’s one-day course with Edinburgh-based artist Kelly Stewart at Swansea Museum tomorrow. Kelly’s expertise is helping artists to develop our drawings for screenprint , how to take original material into print using layers of colour, which can also be applied to a whole range of print processes.

Swansea Museum Stores has kindly allowed access to items from their collection that are not usually available to the public and Kelly has chosen a selection of small birds from the taxidermy collection. I can’t wait, I won’t sleep!!!!

 

 

 

2 Jul

poster

Shameless!

Another shameless plug for the Printopia exhibition of work by members of Swansea Print Workshop at The Seaside Gallery, Volcano, High Street, Swansea. It opens on Thursday 4th July, with cake and nibbles and a pay bar, and continues until 26th July.

Here Be Dragons

The Big ‘Un

And my great big woodcut, “Here Be Dragons” has finally been framed and is lording it over the little prints nearby. It’s a Big ‘Un alright!

 

 

 

PRINTOPIA

1 Jul

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PRINTOPIA, The Swansea Print Workshop annual member’s show is coming up in a few days, opening at Volcano on High Street on July 4th from 6.30 – 9.30 and running until the end of the month.

It’s not all creativity, being an artist. There’s loads of other stuff to do, like getting things ready for exhibiting. I’ve spent the morning cutting mounts (mattes) and slotting my monotypes into frames. I based the monotypes on sketchbook drawings I did en plein air.

Do drop in and see the show if you’re out and about in Swansea.

 

 

 

Physical Sensation

30 Jun

 

orange 1

I was sorting the paper recycling bag earlier and found this piece of orange card in some packaging. So I thought I’d have a bit of a scribble. I used a black Berol Papermate fibretip pen, which showed the ink strokes really well on the slightly shiny surface of the card. It’s nice to have a doodle sometimes, without wanting or needing to do anything specific. It’s also nice to feel the pen glide over the surface, just enjoying the physical sensation of drawing without having to engage my brain.

 

 

 

Having A Rummage

29 Jun

manier couleur

Inspiration…

We find inspiration often in the oddest places. I never thought that I’d be inspired by Victorian culverts way out up in the Brecon Beacons, but here we are. I recently made a series of sketchbook drawings of culverts on a field trip with scientists Steph and James from the FIRE Lab project in Swansea University’s Department of Zoology. I’m playing around with the imagery to see what emerges.

Rummaging…

I was having a rummage in my paper draw the other day and found some pieces of paper that I’d stretched ages ago, gessoed and sponged randomly with thin glazes of acrylic paint. I’d forgotten all about them so I grabbed one and smeared compressed charcoal over a section of it and then started rubbing into it with wire wool and aluminium oxide paper. Finally, I added a few charcoal lines. I like it. It’s very different to what I’ve been doing most of my life.

 

 

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