wales

COVID 19

Social distancing, lockdown, empty shops, very clean hands, elderly and ill parents and grand parents shut away for ..a year ? Jobs and work and therefore money evaporating, these are very scary times indeed.

I don’t really quiet know what to do, I shall create something..at some point…I hope also to come up with some step by step instructions or ideas for folk to try-arty things to do with their kids, or to do for themselves, but I have been sorting out my own family and making them safe. Family really does come first.

This extraordinary situation, has literally affected all of us, I found it very interesting..as other people have noted, that at this time, of course the Doctors and Nurses are doing a wonderful job, as are the teachers still in work, but so too are those in Society who are in the least paid jobs, the cleaners, the carers, the shop workers, all of whom are very much on the front line, battling with idiots not paying any attention to social distancing and are selling them food to eat to survive, these people truly are the hero’s in all of this. and I could so very easily be one of those workers myself.

Swansea Print Workshop closed to the pubic a few days ago, therefore closing all of my up and coming classes with it. Swansea council has also almost shut down, we have been told to work from home, something I am adjusting to, collating information and ideas.

I feel for all of the people working in the restaurant industry too especially here in Swansea family friends own both The Khardomah and Arthur Neave and both have now closed. when they re-open I shall look forward to going to both! and of course Joe’s Ice-Cream!

My partner’s mother owns a Hairdressers: No 14 in Dunfermline, not in Wales..in Scotland, but she also has had to close her business. and what help is there for the self employed like her and indeed myself? We await to find out.

In the meantime, I am trying to sort myself out, dust myself down and get to work, I have plans, and am gathering many, many ideas…in the meantime here’s a few things going around that might be useful if you don’t like your own company, have kids or are just bored out of your skull already!

Images to download and colour in:

http://library.nyam.org/colorourcollections/?fbclid=IwAR1WTM9myU7Lc5AvDSHAGwWi7ZxCUGJEHGOl3Fh69TnszQv4iR8igmCzXIk

Virtual tours of museums online:

https://people.com/travel/stuck-at-home-these-12-famous-museums-offer-virtual-tours-you-can-take-on-your-couch/?fbclid=IwAR0PhmK9TjGNf29lgV6REO8U58dDF6az5MrCbvDvLBsBbUTgnhPB5owf0Bg

Also Noel Fielding is doing an online Artclub from his Twitter feed:

https://twitter.com/noelfielding11?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

and someone has set up a Pandemical sketch club to join too:

https://www.instagram.com/pandemical_sketch_club/

I shall be posting more posts about friends artworks and music too in time.

That’s all for now I think! Phew, stay safe!

Here are some March Hares:

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All or Nothing

Sometimes everything happens at once, actually, this happens very often as an artist.. there is 0 work for months, then it’s all at the same time, not only it is Dinewfr, and some work in Margo’s Vintage, but it’s also the Swansea Print Workshop Christmas Exhibition, this is opening on Saturday with tea, coffee and cakes all day from 10.30-4.30 pm! …and then is open then until the 27th of November.

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Included are some of our postcards and larger bird screenprints that were printed in the summer with workshops by Kelly Stewart. That big grey Heron is mine..I know it’s a screenprint not a collagraph..shock horror!

There are many, MANY prints, cards, christmas cards and other gifts.

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A huge selection of cards for sale, all the xmas goths and animals are mine..not all the birdy ones though!

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Exhibiting with the National Trust!

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I am very pleased to be exhibiting with the National Trust this Christmas with some fabulous artists! The grounds of Dinefwr are amazing, spectacular vistas around every corner and deers and cattle a plenty! The grounds are just behind the beautiful multi-coloured town of Llandeilo, which has great antique shops, galleries and independent shops and eateries!

My deer print, The fox nest and a badger in the garden shall all be there to welcome you!

PPSSTT! this exhibition is open for Dinefwr’s Christmas Fair from 22-44th October and shall be open to the public thereafter, although there is , as stated an official opening on the 30th!

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Leftovers is an idea by Wingtip Press in Boise, Idaho, America.

it’s basically about what to do with all of those wee off cuts of paper as printmakers we all seem to collect these inadvertently, well in Boise, they decided to make a worldwide touring exhibition out of it and ask printmakers from all over the world to participate, Swansea Print workshop has had an association with Amy Nack from Wingtip Press for several years now, in fact when she was over in Wales several years ago and I had the chance to meet her and chat printmaking over coffee in the SPW kitchen!

but I have never actually exhibited as part of any of the shows, mainly because my work is too big and although I have plenty of wee bits of paper around the place, I just haven’t had anything small enough, until now.

I’ve been running a printing without a press course since the end of the summer and so have been experimenting myself making examples to show my students. some of my examples have been printed by using erasers which have been cut and then printed as a mini relief print-much like a lino or a woodcut and I have made several designs with some lovely rubbers i’ve found in W.H Smith. (No they are not sponsoring me, Unfortunately, but they do have nice rubbers), The print I have submitted for the  Leftovers was shown as part of my inktober work a couple of weeks ago, I’ve just re -thought about it and printed it differently for the exhibition, I shall put one in my etsy shop at the weekend also and there shall be several available to buy in Swansea Print Workshop for £25.00 only. Here it is: Blodeuwedd .

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As a member of SPW I was invited alongside others to exhibit as this show only, I haven’t submitted to a touring show of Leftovers 8, just to the SPW leg of the show, but maybe next year I will, especially as now I have some practice with making mini prints!

 Saturday 4-6.30pm is the opening event.

The exhibition runs through the rest of November and all of December and is open on all ‘Open Access Days’. Tuesday, and Thursday, 10.3-5pm normally, closed over Xmas. See the SPW website for details.

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I particularly likes these prints, the one on the right is from America I think and the two on the left are by my boss the fabulous Jackie Ford.

 

In the print workshop there shall also be cards for sale by me and many others, many other prints and some of my wee paper mache foxy sculptures too.

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Inktober Week 4 and 5..well 3 days of Week 5!

Well I know it’s late but the last couple of weeks have been very busy as you shall see!

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A lot of these small drawings are actually on mount board and card and they are for two pieces of work-collagraph Prints I am putting together for an exhibition in the middle of October in Brecon. I shall post more about that event soon!

 

Incidentally the featured image above this post, of a wee inky badger was made in the summer and was a design for my bigger badger print, but I looked at it again because I decided to do badgers for one of my works for the show. One piece  is based on blue pool-a giant rock pool on Gower that as legend would have it it bottomless. it’s full of tourists in the summer but I wondered who would go there in the winter? I reckon Seals would go for a spalsh!  The other piece is about Rosehill Quarry here in Swansea, which is quite near a number of properties I’ve lived in. We were asked to concentrate on either Swansea or the Beacons, I decided to stay with Swansea.

Note: See that wee crab, it’s difficult to tell, as it’s so tiny and I don’t have a Macro lens but it’s cut out of card, I cut all of the legs out of the side of the crab without cutting a bit off-GO ME! and I stuck them together so it’s raised enough to print, it really was a stupidly tiny thing to tackle  and took me an hour to cut and now  I need new glasses!

Inktober Week Three

I seem to be a day behind almost every day, but I guess at least I’m getting a few things done!  There is lots of testing and experimentation going on with me at the moment, especially with all of these tiny prints from erasers!

 

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The above images one also brings to mind Blodeuwedd and Welsh mythology.

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and my working mess/needs (Caffine) with my Pertinacious Anemia heading towards injection time..I NEED surgery/caffeine drinks to keep going through a week of work ..then a weekend of work too.

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and I quite liked this wee composition of the print and the block or eraser from WH Smith (even though it was the first print and done very quickly so not the best)..but…you can even still see the writing of ‘WH Smith’, I didn’t bother to get it off! Also I think really.. it needs re-doing, re-cutting, i’m not 100% happy with it!

Most of these works are towards an exhibition soon in Brecon..if I can manage to register them~!

You can find further info about them on my facebook page.

Inktober Week 2

Inktober,  again all are being posted to my facebook page … I started off last week, by continuing with the mini print/stamp ideas, doing a wee guy which shall hopefully be featured in a piece of work I am doing for a forthcoming show, these were printed with gouache.

The next day I had NO TIME, so I just stamped some plan erasers which actually have some nice textures I plan to use these as backgrounds to also in the forthcoming new works! An exercise well done as far as i’m concerned! The rest of the mini stamps this week were printed with a variety of ink pads.

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It was then time for Molly (My kittie) to make an appearance! She is always trying to sit on my lap when i’m working! I decided to try out some pound shop rubbers and do a wee branch/foliage!

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The next day I opted for a tiny rat sketch, this was partly by the cat bringing in a tiny mouse, (not molly cat a different cat) Although my wee drawing is of a rat, I kinda like rats, (although not if they are running around the kitchen it has to be said). I have been meaning to do some for quite some time, I must get around to it!

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Then I was back to the stamping, I was sort of looking at welsh blankets, and this is shown in the pattern of the houses..if you look really closely and know what your looking for! When printed I decided they look like houses, all of my early work was about buildings and house not animals, so I was kinda going back to my roots!

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Going back to wee portraits, I am looking at faces, faces of farmers and army personal in Brecon, I am doing a project for a show in the theater in Brecon next month and decided to do some stamps to build up a larger piece of work, as am using inktober to work on some ideas for this!

Lastly talking of army personal, and erm….mascot goats, I was trying out some new ideas of working with foam to create prints, this one hasn’t quite worked so well, but it’s a start and an idea to be developed!

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