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Just Let Go

28 Jun

Jazz book 4

This looks simple, just a bunch of scribbly lines, but it’s the product of years of practice building enough confidence to just “let go” and not worry about doing a ‘proper’ drawing – if there’s such a thing…..

 

 

Heads And Hats

27 Jun

Jazz book 3

Here’s another head I sketched at the recent launch of Jen Wilson’s book about Jazz. I find it hard to draw heads and hats. They’re alright separately, but put them together and I’m all over the place with my proportions.

Please follow the link here if you want to find out more about Jen’s book….

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The Lovely And Talented

26 Jun

Jazz book 2

A couple of evenings ago, Husb and I went to the launch of Jen Wilson’s new book, “Freedom Music: Wales, Emancipation and Jazz” at Swansea’s Dylan Thomas Centre. There were singers and dancers performing, including the lovely and talented Elissa V Evans who sang a beautiful and haunting version of  “Oh Susanna”. Of course, I scribbled her!

 

 

 

The Lady In The Dress

25 Jun

 

Jazz book 1

A couple of evenings ago, Husb and I went to the launch of Jen Wilson’s new book, “Freedom Music: Wales, Emancipation and Jazz” at Swansea’s Dylan Thomas Centre. There were performers as well as readings by Jen. The Congolese Development Project had drummers and a dancer – here he is along with a lady in an awesome dress who was watching him.

 

 

 

 

Head Of Cod

18 Jun

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I did some drawing this evening down at the Zoology Museum in Swansea University. It’s a small place but jam packed full of fascinating specimens. I did a reduction drawing of the skull of a large fish. There was some debate about whether it was a whiting, like the label said, or a cod.

 

I’d prepared some thick khadi paper in advance. First I cleaned off an old drawing board that had been used for paper stretching and make sure it was clean and smooth. Then I stretched the wet sheets of paper, sticking them down with brown paper gumstrip. Finally I gave them a couple of coats of white acrylic gesso, to give me a resilient surface to work on.

 

 

 

 

 

A Captive Audience

15 Jun

 

Glynn Vivian 5

The Glynn Vivian Art Gallery in Swansea has a fabulous drawing exhibition, “Hand Drawn Action Packed“, which opened with a guided talk from the show’s curators, Roger Malbert and Antonia Shaw. These events are always good for a quick scribble, people are generally quite still. I always carry a sketchbook – this is an A6 size hardbound one and I prefer to draw in ballpoint pen on this scale.

Glynn Vivian 4

And a captive audience is good practice for drawing a crowd, getting the perspective and proportions right, without too much moving around.

There are ten artists featured, Marcel Dzama | Marcel van Eeden | Inci Eviner | Yun-Fei Ji | William Kentridge | Nalini Malani | Otobong Nkanga | Raymond Pettibon | Amy Sillman | Rinus Van de Velde.

I liked them all but particularly William Kentridge, Rinus Van de Velde and Nalini Malani.

A Drawing Exhibition

14 Jun

 

Glynn Vivian 3

Husb and I went to Swansea’s Glynn Vivian art gallery this evening for the preview of the latest exhibition “Hand Drawn Action Packed“, an exhibition of artists who draw. It’s fantastic to see a drawing exhibition in a prestigious gallery. Of course, I had a scribble. Well, I would, wouldn’t I?

There are ten artists featured in the show, Marcel Dzama | Marcel van Eeden | Inci Eviner | Yun-Fei Ji | William Kentridge | Nalini Malani | Otobong Nkanga | Raymond Pettibon | Amy Sillman | Rinus Van de Velde.

 

The Huddle

6 Jun

Ecobricks

Husb and I went to an event at the excellent Cinema & Co this evening, a showing of the Leonardo di Caprio documentary, “After The Flood”,  organised by the Swansea Ecobricks Community. The film was really good, there was a pop-up kitchen provided by Goggi – gorgeous vegetable byriani with chick pea curry and a samosa. Of course, I had to have a scribble! These women were in a huddle so I caught them with a ballpoint pen in my little hardbacked A6 sketchbook.

Patchwork Blanket

20 Oct

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(Not so) Little Nephew is having a sleepover this evening so I scribbled him as he watched Gogglebox, tucked under a crocheted patchwork blanket made my Mam-inLaw. He’s growing so fast, he’s now taller than me by a good few inches. I’ve been drawing him since he was a baby, it’s nice to have that record of him growing up. I used my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet with a free Markers app.

My Hero

7 Jun

Kathe

Husb and I went to Berlin for a few days last week and spent an intense few hours at the Käthe Kollwitz Museum. I love her work and her life is an inspiration, she never relinquished her belief in social justice despite the enmity of both the First and Third Reich. I took a few minutes to draw from one of her bas relief bronze casts, using black, white and sanguine conté crayons into a brown paper sketchbook.

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