Suicide Squad of South Wales

I first came up with this idea for this after seeing a post on Facebook by a postal worker:

I started looking at the parallel’s between keyworkers and the original DC Comic characters of the Suicide Squad.

Suicide Squad: A secret government agency recruits some of the most dangerous incarcerated super-villains to form a defensive task force. Their first mission: save the world from the apocalypse.

Anti heroes who put their lives at risk to save the world!

Until the onset of the Corona Virus and several months of Lockdown, our keyworkers were very much under valued. But these were the jobs that held our communities together when everything else was shut down. They risked their lives every time they went to work, when the majority of the population were under instruction to stay at home, without these keyworkers our civilisation would have fallen apart.

I wanted to make a piece of work to show how much they have been appreciated throughout this whole episode, so I replaced the original Suicide Squad characters with real people who were keyworkers throughout this time.

Suicide Squad of South Wales: Keyworkers employed to do the most dangerous jobs on the frontline, whilst protecting the public from the risk of contracting the Corona Virus.
Their everyday job: to keep civilisation ticking over.

From left to right:

Aimee Monk
Supermarket employee at Sainsbury’s, Pontypridd

Judith Griffiths
Senior care assistant The Laurels Care Home, Aberdare. Rhondda Cynon Taff

Simon James.
Recycling and Refuse Operative for Pembrokeshire County Council.

Alan Davies-Camplin
Butcher at Andrew Rees Butchers, Narberth

Paul Aston Jones
Keyworker in the Welsh Ambulance Service, Frontline EMS in Pembrokeshire 

Rhodri Davies-Camplin
Primary school teacher for Newport County Council

Extra duties performed during lockdown:
*Delivering food parcels, free school meals, learning packs (including pens, pencils, paper etc for our underprivileged families).
*Working in the hub for key worker children.
*very regular contact with pupils and parents through seesaw (online learning tool), phone calls, video chats.

Terri Camplin
Postal Worker for Royal Mail,Aberdare. Rhondda Cynon Taff

Delivering more parcels than the run up to Christmas as people couldn’t go shopping they ordered everything online.

Nadia Lloyd
PCSO Dyfed Powys Police Pembroke Dock Pembrokeshire

Educating and enforcing new Covid-19 laws and rules brought in by Welsh Assembly

Barry John MBE
Military Charity peer mentor and Founder of the VC Gallery Organisation, Pembrokeshire and West Wales

Extra duties performed during lockdown:
Actively making sure our Veterans, their families and the community have support during lockdown. With food, mental health support, medical liaisions and hospital admissions. Making sure our members are still active creatively and mentally during the pandemic.

Art Tutorials Now Available on YouTube

Throughout the Lockdown period of the Corona Virus Pandemic I produced a number of Live Watch Party Art Workshops on Facebook.

I am now in the process of editing them and uploading them to YouTube to make them more accessible to anyone who is interested in watching them.

Please bear in mind that these videos were recorded live on my phone and were made with the intention that people could work with the limited materials they may have lying around at home during the Lockdown.

I will add links as I get them uploaded to YouTube, earliest is at the bottom, most recent at the top of the list:

 

Lockdown Art Sessions

As so many people are now on lockdown during the Coronavirus panic, I decided to share some art sessions with everyone if they are bored and looking for something to fill their time.

For me this is just what I would call ‘Downtime’, a period between commissioned work, when I fill my time at home by doing what amuses me…..painting!

So I have created a Facebook group where I can share Live Watch Parties which anyone can see, by clicking this link and joining https://www.facebook.com/groups/651932192261904

These sessions will be kept at quite a basic level to suit all ages and abilities, there will be no specialist materials, just use what you have to hand! If you have always wanted to have a go at drawing/painting but were too embarrassed to go to a class, now you can do it in the comfort of your own home!

Equally, if you have kids at home who are bored, this may be a great way to entertain them!

My first session will be held on Monday 23rd March at 11:00 GMT, but will be available to watch any time after if this time is not convenient for you. We will be painting/drawing sunflowers.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1375385269314917

THERE WILL BE NO CHARGES OR HIDDEN FEES FOR THESE SESSIONS!!
(I was painting at home on my own anyway and just felt it would be good to share!)

Flowers for Mother’s Day?

Daffodil

There are many traditional celebrations of mothers and motherhood that exist throughout the world, dating back thousands of years and in some countries, Mother’s Day is still associated with these older traditions.

The modern Mother’s Day began in the United States by Anna Jarvis in the early 20th century, when she held a memorial for her mother and then later campaigned to make Mother’s Day a national holiday in the United States, this first became a recognised holiday in 1905.

Mother’s day is now celebrated all over the world, although each country has different dates, here in the United Kingdom we celebrate Mothering Sunday, which falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent, this year that will be 22nd March.

The giving of flowers to the mother figure seems to have begun with the Christian faith, dedicated to the figure of the Virgin, bringing her the first of the fresh spring flowers.

This year why not give your mother a painting of flowers, which will last a lifetime!

If you do not see your mother’s favourite flower here, I am happy to accept commissions, please email me on ninacamplin@aol.co.uk

2019 The Year In Review

I have worked on some amazing mural projects over the past year…

               

Not forgetting the Puffin Project in Haverfordwest, where I painted 32 puffins on shop fronts over the space of a weekend in July!

Wales is a beautiful place and I have been lucky to have been able to work outdoors, painting some of the views….

View from St Gwynno Forest
Marloes Coastal Path
Angle
Carn Llidi Bychan
The Fall of the White Meadow
Freshwater East
Holyland Woods
Pentre Ifan
Milford Haven Refinery
St Mary’s Church Haverfordwest
Angle View

Throughout the year I picked up a few pet portraits…

Rocky
Mickey and Twix
Sybil and Elspeth
Reggie
Reggie and Oz
Chudley
Cassie & Zayne
Sabre
shiva
Shiva

 

I still have some work on show at the VC Galleries in Pembroke Dock and Haverfordwest.
I moved to Rhondda Cynon Taff in June 2019 and I am now looking for somewhere local to this area that I can show some of my work.

Here’s looking forward to 2020 and new challenges!