Art on a Postcard picture

April 22nd, 2018

Here’s the little drawing I made for last month’s Art on a Postcard auction for the Hepatitis C Trust. It’s called Angharad Harrop 14, is 10.5cm x 15cm, and refers back to a painting I made of Angharad in Llandudno in 2016. I originally tried, and repeatedly failed, to create the image in watercolour, but when running out of time reverted to a stick of charcoal. Hats off to anyone who can make watercolour do as it’s told.

Returning to an earlier composition was a curious thing to do, particularly as the original painting – at 110cm x 130cm – was substantially bigger, but it was an interesting exercise, and one I may return to in the future.

Very happy that the picture sold.

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Art on a Postcard

March 7th, 2018

Very happy to be contributing to Art on A Postcard’s secret auction fundraiser for the Hepatitis C Trust – the national campaigning organisation run by and for people affected by hepatitis C.

Pictures will be exhibited at The Other Art Fair in London from March 22nd to 25th, though artists are all anonymous until after the event there on the final day.

Lots of work, and a great cause. Do have a look.

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New picture frames

March 6th, 2018

Lovely new batch of frames, made by Peter Taylor of Taylor Framing, Cardiff. All hand-finished, and very smart.

Many of the pictures I make are of standard sizes, so Peter can often build the frames without needing the pictures themselves, which makes things simpler. I can then fit them later, as needed.

Spent Saturday framing this assortment of paintings and drawings of Ballet Cymru dancers from the past six months or so. Together with a few more works on paper and panel, plus a number of canvases, I expect most to be included in my exhibition at Ffin y Parc Gallery this summer.

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Artist in residence appointment

December 1st, 2017

Thrilled to have been appointed artist in residence with Ballet Cymru. I can’t imagine a more inspiring and generous group of people for a painter to work with, nor a more supportive organisation. I feel extraordinarily lucky.

Also delighted to have a selection of my pictures hanging in the company’s Newport HQ, including these five pieces featuring Daniel Morrison, Andrea Battaggia, Beth Meadway, Anna Pujol, Miles Carrott and Gwenllian Davies, made in response to rehearsals for Shadow Aspect and The Light Princess earlier this year.

Having worked with the company over their last couple of seasons, I’m very excited at the prospect of building on that experience and producing new work as the dancers and choreographers create next year’s programme of shows – including a revival of their Cinderella, and an original interpretation of Dylan Thomas’s A Child’s Christmas in Wales.

Huge thanks to Darius James and Amy Doughty, and to everyone else at the company.

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Life drawing in Penarth

November 28th, 2017

Very much enjoyed teaching a series of life drawing classes with sixth formers from Stanwell and Llantwit Major schools. The course, part of Arts Active’s Criw Celf programme, ran over six evenings during October and November at Turner House, Penarth, and involved a dozen students with particular interests in drawing from the nude.

Most participants set out with little or no experience, though all approached the challenge with enthusiasm, exploring a number of principles and techniques I was able to pass on, critically assessing their work, and producing some great pictures. Students had a very open and mutually-supportive approach to learning, allowing for a lot of experimentation and willingness to try new things, which was ideal for a course of this kind.

On top of the satisfaction of seeing students grow in confidence and ability as their experience develops, one of the things I value most about teaching is that it can give me new insights into my own practice. Describing creative processes and discussing ideas which are usually internalised, or second nature, can help me view my own work from a fresh perspective – as can seeing others sometimes take very different approaches, or make decisions that I wouldn’t have considered myself. This can be very interesting, and often gives me a lot to think about when I get back in the studio.

Many thanks to all the models and students involved – a very thoughtful, lively bunch of people, who were great to work with – and good luck to all as they continue their studies.

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