Husb and I are having a few days in Malta. It’s an amazing place and we can indulge one of our passions, prehistory. We saw this dolmen in the middle of a new luxury hotel and casino complex in the tiny coastal town of Bugibba. It’s over 4,000 years old and it seems odd surrounded by modern buildings. But why not? That’s Husb standing under the capstone so you can see the scale.
Our Internet access is terrible, very hit and miss with the blog and no Facebook, Twitter or Hotmail at all. Never mind, I’m on holiday 😊
Husb and I just arrived in Malta in the Mediterranean today. It’s got palm trees and rain. Just like home. But it’s warmer, fair dos mun. Not much to do on our first night so we’ve found a wifi hotspot in the hotel and I had a quick scribble of one of the locals. Tomorrow we’ll start exploring . There’s a Caravaggio here and ancient ruins.
Today has been one of those hectic days with loads of things to do and here I am at the end of the day with no drawing done, so it’ll have to be a quickie of the cat again. Sparta Puss looked up from her sleep just long enough for me to capture her expression with my Samsung Galaxy Tablet Note 8 using the free Markers app.
Husb and I spent a few hours up a hill cutting down trees with some of our young relatives. The area is quite heavily forested, having been reclaimed from heavy industry during the 1970s after a couple of centuries of pollution. This area was the crucible of the Industrial Revolution and was badly scarred until Swansea University started the Lower Swansea Valley reclamation project.
At first, only conifers would grow there, but now most of Kilvey Hill is mixed forest. A couple of areas had become overgrown with thickets of conifers and volunteers were needed to clear them. They’re Xmas trees so we were able to choose one for free in return for our labour. Result! I managed a few action scribbles in between the sawing and showers of hail, using graphite into my A5 Tate Gallery sketchbook.
The last of this week’s life drawings done with my Samsung Galaxy Tablet Note 8 with the free Markers app. This model is an older woman, I like to work with older models because it challenges our society’s obsession with youth and narrow view of what beauty is.
Another female nude from my life drawing session last night. I tried working without the stylus, using my finger instead which gives a nice fuzzy effect.
Just back from life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop, working with one of my favourite models, an older woman covered in interesting tattoos based on the food chain.
I’ve had a long day behind a computer and Husb and I spent a lovely evening visiting a friend so I only had time to do a very quick sketch for my blog this evening. Here’s Sparta the cat, caught just as she woke up. Don’t think she’s too pleased. Drawn with my Samsung Galaxy Tablet Note 8 using the free Markers app.