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During feeds and nappy changes…


Time is flying quickly and baby is growing fast!! Its the summer holidays and I have been entertaining my eldest with Alton Towers and Loom Bands, whilst thinking about new uniform and baby grows! It was a nice surprise to receive mail from Gareth Whitley (Bodelwyddan Castle), again offering the chance for my family and I to view the latest exhibitions in return for a few mentions right here at my blog 🙂

Just to give you a preview, here is my introduction..

Some exciting work will be shown at this exhibition during 23 July – 28 September!

Watercolours and Drawings: 18th to 21st Century

“This exhibition is the third to be brought to Bodelwyddan Castle from Hastings by Caroline Gee, a Sussex art dealer who has been specializing in Watercolours and Drawings for over thirty years. It will follow a similar format as her previous exhibitions, beginning with the early years of the watercolour school in Britain, moving through the early nineteenth century, the ‘Golden Age’ of British watercolour, and finishing with delightful twentieth Century examples.”

Thomas Miles Richardson, Landscape with Distant Hills

“Featured works on display include some of the most prominent artists who exhibited with the Old Watercolour Society (formed 1804), among them David Cox, Peter de Wint and John Varley. The Victorian Age is mainly represented by those artists who followed in the tradition of the early landscape painters, and will include two large and splendid views of North Wales by William Evans of Bristol. In the twentieth century section there will be another group of the wildlife drawings by Eileen Soper which so delighted visitors last time.

An additional feature to this exhibition will be a section of works by contemporary artists from East Sussex, which will include a few oil paintings and acrylics, with one by Royal Academician Gus Cummins who lives just down the hill from Caroline.

You have the opportunity to purchase pieces from the exhibition, as all of the works are for sale. Prices will range from £100 to £10,000, with many for under £500.  We hope that there will be something for everyone, and we will be offering various instalment plans that will help you with the purchase.”

Paul Sandby Munn 1773-1845 Bala Lake with Cader Idris in the Distance Signed and dated 1833 Watercolour

I am looking forward to diving straight into the exhibition this coming Saturday and hope to take lots of pictures whilst learning all about the history of the Artists 🙂 It will be interesting to take a close look at works that have been painted of locations that are local to me, and places that I have been to such as Bala Lake, North Wales.

I have been experimenting with watercolour to bring my latest drawings to life so I am looking forward to exploring how other Artists have used it to colour their work.


More exciting work showing now at Bodelwyddan castle…


Bob Collins: Shooting Stars

Eric Sykes, 1959 © estate of Bob Collins / National Portrait Gallery, London

“As part of our Summer special exhibitions programme, we will be showing Bob Collins: Shooting Stars inGaleri 3. This is a really enjoyable display that consists of 23 informal photographs of famous faces from the 1950′s/60′s.  As well as offering a welcome dose of nostalgia, we feel that the exhibition will highlight Bob’s skill at capturing spontaneous moments on film.”


After my visit on Saturday I will be blogging within a few days to tell you all about the above works..dont miss it!!


see you soon 🙂


Visitors at Glyndwr…..


Very often, the tutors at Glyndwr University introduce students to inspirational people. The people are selected from various areas of Art and Design for many reasons ranging from further tuition, inspiration, insight to future possibilities and so on. Recently I have attended Seminars with a Professor from John Moores University and a very well known Comic Illustrator (very exciting opportunities).

Professor Brian Maidment, Liverpool John Moores University

Brian Maidment is an extremely experienced supervisor and examiner at Ph.D and M.Phil level, and would welcome applications from students especially on topics concerned with mass circulation Victorian literature and popular culture. Brian Maidment joined the LJMU English department in September 2012 as a part-time Professor of the History of Print. His long teaching career took him to wide range of HE institutions including polytechnics, Colleges of Higher Education, and both pre- and post1992 universities. His central role now is concerned with research, although he does contribute to both post-graduate and undergraduate teaching. His research interests are focused on the nineteenth century, especially mass circulation, popular and illustrated literature, and he has published widely on a broad range of topics, although more recently he has concentrated his interests on Victorian periodicals and early nineteenth century visual culture.

Brian brought along some samples of the work he deals with and gave students the opportunity to examine them as he would to enable us a brief insight to the job he does today.

I enjoyed the seminar with Brian mostly because as an artist the career possibilities are endless and so he introduced me to just one career opportunity worth looking at and also the idea of teaching comes to mind which again opens furthers doors and so on.

CHARLIE ADLARD – The Walking Dead


Firstly, before I talk about meeting Charlie Adlard, I have just taken a look at his website to back up my research and I recommend that you also check it out!! You have to interact with the zombies eyes to move about the site, I thought it was broken at first but after moving the mouse about I soon noticed the eyes turn red and ready for interacion! Cool and gruesome!!

Link to Charlie Adlard Website, OK where was I ……

It is painful to admit, but I didn’t know who Charlie was before the Seminar, nor ‘The Walking Dead’! And I think I was the only one as everyone else did as they couldn’t contain their excitement. In a nutshell, Charlie was a down to earth guy who, like most artists, wanted to make it in the Art World (as I call it). He gave a brief description of how he made it and even after 10 years, the comic is still going strong, in fact, The walking dead can be viewed as a t.v. series on which Charlie appeared as a zombie.


Charlie began his work in the United Kingdom on White Death with Robbie Morrison. His other works included 2000 AD, Judge Dredd, and Armitage, and eventually Savage. In the United States, he is best known for The X-Files, Astonauts in Trouble, and The Walking Dead (which he is currently the regular penciller for).

Other comic works include Mars Attacks!, The Hellfire Club, Warlock, Batman: Gotham Knights, Green Lantern/Green Arrow, White Death, Blair Witch: Dark Testaments, Codeflesh, Shadowman, and The Establishment, to name a few.

Adlard’s style has evolved from what was originally fully painted artwork on Armitage, through increasing confidence as a monochrome artist, to his recent work, which uses large blocks of black ink on the page to create shadow effects much more bold than are commonly seen in comics art.

In 1992, he collaborated with best-selling horror writer Guy N. Smith on Crabs’ Fury. He won the Squiddy Award for Best Inker in 2001. He also illustrated the graphic novel Playing the Game, written by Nobel Prize winner Doris Lessing.

Charlie discussed up and coming projects as best he could without giving the whole surprise away and also advised myself and fellow students of his version of Do’s and Dont’s for future reference.

It was exciting to be able to meet such a well known illustrator (after I found out who he was :)) I like his black and white style and I have taken on board the advice he offered to add to the collection I have gathered from other inspiration artists that Glyndwr have introduced to me to help me on my creative journey.