Not All Bish Bash Bosh

24 Oct

There are some odd ideas out there about what it is that artists do, how we make a work of art. Many seem to think that we get the materials together and Bish Bash Bosh, there it is on the canvas, or the plinth, or hot off the printing press. But the reality is lots of preparation, lots of jotting down ideas, lots of working things out before even getting your hands on a prepared canvas or a piece of stone or a block of lino. So here’s my starting point for what I hope will be a new series of woodcut prints. The pad on the left is kept at my bedside and I scribble any ideas that pop up at 4 o clock in the morning – it happens most nights. The sketchbook on the right is for my first jottings and thumbnail sketches, based on the vetted ideas from my bedside book. The process will be long …..oh yes……

My lovely nephew (in the middle) along with these other wonderful young people have benefitted from the Children In Need charity and now they’re giving something back. They’re the Surprise Squad (more about them here) and you can follow their adventures on BBC1s “The One Show“, 15th – 18th November. I know that times are hard, but if you can spare a quid or two, please consider donating to Children In Need (here). They really do make a difference to young lives. Thank you xxx

Scribbling In The Wind

23 Oct

Nice day so went for a walk out of the city, along the Pennard Pill valley route to Three Cliffs Bay. It was cloudy and very windy so I only stopped to do a quick scribble, with Daler Rowney soft pastels onto Khadi paper. There’s a stone spiral, called by locals “the labyrinth” where the valley meets the beach, so I scribbled this with the hillside in the background, a blaze of russet and rich browns against the overcast purpley-blue sky.

My lovely nephew (in the middle) along with these other wonderful young people have benefitted from the Children In Need charity and now they’re giving something back. They’re the Surprise Squad (more about them here) and you can follow their adventures on BBC1s “The One Show“, 15th – 18th November. I know that times are hard, but if you can spare a quid or two, please consider donating to Children In Need (here). They really do make a difference to young lives. Thank you xxx

Giving It A Go

22 Oct

It’s almost half a century since I rocked up, in flares and platforms, at the Foundation Course in Swansea Art School, determined to be a painter. Then I did the module in printmaking and retired my paintbrushes. Until the pandemic lockdown started in Spring last year. We were only allowed out of the house for an hour a day and I discovered Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook when I was looking for something to do to pass the time. After so many decades I thought, “Why not give it a go”. So for 15 months I have been copying great works of art, which is Ed’s way of teaching, and that gave me the confidence to start choosing my own subjects to paint, with varying degrees of success. This landscape in acrylics is based on a pastel drawing I did en plein air at Birkrigg Common in the Lake District last month.

I used a textured canvas, I scrape leftover paint from the Painting Club sessions onto spare canvases. Waste not, want not. Then I applied the coloured “ground” that Ed Sumner recommends doing. And from then on, I followed the original drawing, using Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paints and a mixture of brushes and palette knives. I can see the influence of some of the artists we have studied, especially van Gogh and Hockney; I need to keep working at it to find my own style.

Here’s my original drawing. I prefer it to the painting, I love the immediacy and the nature of the Daler Rowney soft oil pastels onto a very rough Khadi paper. But I’m still a novice at painting so I must get more practice in.

My lovely nephew (in the middle) along with these other wonderful young people have benefitted from the Children In Need charity and now they’re giving something back. They’re the Surprise Squad (more about them here) and you can follow their adventures on BBC1s “The One Show“, 15th – 18th November. I know that times are hard, but if you can spare a quid or two, please consider donating to Children In Need (here). They really do make a difference to young lives. Thank you xxx

Now For The Faffing!

21 Oct

I’ve been faking this painting by Salvador Dali, Christ of Saint John Of The Cross, doing a two part Zoom tutorial with the painter Ed Sumner who runs the Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook. The basics are done now, just a few hours of faffing to do – details and highlights. Quite a challenge but that’s what I like. I’m learning loads about handling and mixing paint from this one. Tired now, off to bed ….

My lovely nephew (in the middle) along with these other wonderful young people have benefitted from the Children In Need charity and now they’re giving something back. They’re the Surprise Squad (more about them here) and you can follow their adventures on BBC1s “The One Show“, 15th – 18th November. I know that times are hard, but if you can spare a quid or two, please consider donating to Children In Need (here). They really do make a difference to young lives. Thank you xxx

A Scribble And A Cuppa And Some Wonderful Young People

20 Oct

For many years I’ve loved popping into the cafe in Waterstones in Swansea, now and again, for a coffee and a scribble. There are usually plenty of people in there, relaxing and reading their new books, so it’s a good place to sketch. I really missed this after a few months into lockdown. It’s funny what you miss when you can’t have it, isn’t it? I spotted this guy engrossed in reading and making notes, so I scribbled him. No-one is safe from my ballpoint pen Mwahahahahah 😀 😀

My lovely nephew (in the middle) along with these other wonderful young people have benefitted from the Children In Need charity and now they’re giving something back. They’re the Surprise Squad (more about them here) and you can follow their adventures on BBC1s “The One Show“, tomorrow evening and again 15th – 18th November. I know that times are hard, but if you can spare a quid or two, please consider donating to Children In Need (here). They really do make a difference to young lives. Thank you xxx

Queueing And Scribbling

19 Oct

A big national company bought out a load of post offices and set them up in their city centre shops. So now there are no little post offices in the city centre. But the big company doesn’t seem keen to employ enough staff to serve in their central post office so there are always huge queues when I go in. No matter what time or day, there are usually only two people serving a queue that’s snaking across the top floor and in these days of Covid19 separation, often backing down the stairs as well. Anyway, it gives me time for a bit of scribbling. I used a ballpoint pen into my A6 bound sketchbook.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left to see the complete image.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

Monday Video: Pensive

18 Oct

I’ve been browsing my YouTube channel and I’d forgotten a lot of the stuff on there, especially the earlier films. So I thought I’d spend the next few Mondays posting some of my art videos. Husb is the tecchie filmie person in the household and he puts these short films together. This is created from a digital drawing I did in a life drawing session 6 years ago. I thought the model looked quite pensive as I drew her, so that’s why I used that title. I saved the drawing as I went along and then Husb edited all the saved bits together and added a soundtrack to show how the drawing developed.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left to see the complete image.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

Maintaining Motivation

17 Oct

I liked drawing this one-hour pose, it had a lot of interesting elements which kept my attention and motivation, which often drifts on these longer poses. There’s some great foreshortening with the right arm and leg, and the swivel chair had to be worked into the composition too.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left to see the complete image.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

Getting Stuck In With A Brush (And A Cat)

16 Oct

Here’s the final, hour-long pose from life drawing the other night. I’m usually very tired by this point and I often find it hard to concentrate, so I switched from conte crayons to my home made walnut ink and a large-ish brush and got stuck in. It gave me a bit more energy and I really got into the brushwork, using an Isabey brush which is lovely to work with. I finished it off with a bit of conte crayon in sanguine to quickly add some background texture.

And as it’s Caturday, here’s a cat 😀

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left to see the complete image.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

30 Minutes Of Foreshortening Hell

15 Oct

I’m always up for a recliner at life drawing, even though I often get some wicked foreshortening to draw. And last night’s session at Swansea Print Workshop handed me this one! Not only foreshortening but also an upside down head as well. And an awkward hand. Ah well, it’s good practice.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left to see the complete image.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

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