Enhancing any experience with attention

  You can find beauty in any ordinary everyday subjects such as a cup of tea, a folded magazine, a few humble garlic bulbs by just giving them your deep loving attention. Attending slowly as you draw and paint even commonplace items means they start to be imbued with some magical essence that cannot be bought at any art store – that magical substance is … Continue reading Enhancing any experience with attention

Creators – What are your deep loves?

OVERWHELMED BY POSSIBILITIES As an artist it is overwhelming sometimes. I am interested in expressing so many subjects in so many styles and in so many moods. At times I flit between subjects never really going as deep as I would like. I feel I am surface – not able to commit to anything. This creates stress in me as I wish I could focus … Continue reading Creators – What are your deep loves?

Be More You – The Fun of Raw and Immediate Pen & Wash

THE REAL McCOY I love real things – not copies. Last Saturday I went into Pontypridd to buy the latest edition of ¬†Flow (“the magazine that takes its time”) from WH Smiths. After doing a few other errands I then retired to Costa Coffee for a read and to passively watch people and immerse myself into teh aromas and sounds of coffees being made. I … Continue reading Be More You – The Fun of Raw and Immediate Pen & Wash

Simply Sketching – Vegetables From Life

Spent a fruitful (or should that be vegful!) morning this morning sketching vegetables from life in pencil. I have a gorgeous Technalo 3B pencil by Caran d’Ache which is velvety yet delicate and gives a superb and sensitive line. As I am preparing to submit some vegetable artwork to a magazine I wanted to really get to know my way around these vegetables so I … Continue reading Simply Sketching – Vegetables From Life

Sight Size Approach to Drawing – All in a Term’s Work at the Welsh Academy of Art

Having painted in watercolour for over 25 years I realised the value of a good sound drawing – but I could never have imagined the delights and enlightened teaching that awaited me when I enrolled by telephone for the Summer Term 2016 at the Welsh Academy of Art. I had decided that I needed some serious educational input into my art in order to eventually … Continue reading Sight Size Approach to Drawing – All in a Term’s Work at the Welsh Academy of Art