June has been a very exciting and busy month with not many spaces between !
Making art needs space both physical and mental.
Nevertheless it has been very inspiring being part of Tawe Arts Week, an event put together by a group of artists under the umbrella of Arts in the Tawe Valley.
What has been so good about this event is seeing the high standard of work being done by artists in this area. The art being produced has been directly influenced by the surrounding landscape and its people.
Here is a brief snapshot of some of that work currently on show at the Pontardawe Arts Centre until friday 1st July :
The week culminated in an event called Art in the Park - this took place in Craig y Nos Country Park and involved artists demonstrating their work. I used this time to develop a drawing direct from life of a Verbascum growing wild - particularly enjoying its sculptural form and the spaces between the leaves. The drawing on Plaster of Paris used an engraving tool, leaf pigment and soil with water and was finished in my studio with watercolour pencil and acrylic.
This has encouraged me to make a series based on drawings done over the last few years of plant groupings and landscapes. Watch this space.