Archive | August, 2020

Visiting Friends

31 Aug

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Husb and I visited some friends today. Nothing remarkable in that normally, but these aren’t normal times. We had tea and cake out in the open, well apart from each other, no hugs or handshakes, no cuddles for their magnificent Bengal cat. It was great to be able to see them after all these months but also a bit unsettling in these circumstances. It reminded me of the freedoms we used to take for granted.

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They live right out in the countryside and the light was fabulous, bright, clear, so much contrast. I had a scribble with a stick of charcoal into my Khadi sketchbook, a quick one because it was getting quite cold.

 

 

 

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique 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.

In this one, I combined the image of the bird with snippets of text of things my Nana used to say. She used to take me to Swansea Museum a lot when I was small and I could hear her voice in the back of my head as I was sitting and drawing the birds and bugs.

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

 

Scribbling With Paint

30 Aug

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I normally scribble with pens, pencils, charcoal, graphite but as I’m doing a lot of painting recently, my pandemic challenge is to improve my painting skills, I sometimes end up with leftover paint. So I’ve been rummaging around in my drawers for leftover paper and use mostly palette knives to scribble the paint onto lovely papers – this is a Bockingford which has a very heavy texture.

 

 

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique 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.

In this one, I combined the image of the bird with snippets of text of things my Nana used to say. She used to take me to Swansea Museum a lot when I was small and I could hear her voice in the back of my head as I was sitting and drawing the birds and bugs.

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

 

Family And Folly Farm

29 Aug

Camel Dau Grwbi

Finally! A day out with family. To celebrate a little one’s birthday. We’ve been isolated for months but today we piled into cars, masked and sanitised, and headed West to Folly Farm. It’s a British Bank Holiday so of course it was chilly and damp, but it was still a fantastic day out. I scribbled a Bactrian camel and learned that its name in Welsh is Camel Dau Grwbi. I can’t describe how wonderful it was to be able to get together and have a grand day out in the fresh air in a lovely place. We’re in Easedown now, not Lockdown and I was impressed with the improvements Folly Farm has done to make the place safer.

 

 

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique 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.

In this one, I combined the image of the bird with snippets of text of things my Nana used to say. She used to take me to Swansea Museum a lot when I was small and I could hear her voice in the back of my head as I was sitting and drawing the birds and bugs.

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

 

 

Fake And Bake

28 Aug

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Had another lunchtime session with The Cheese And Wine Painting Club over on Faceboo. It’s all painting and no cheese and wine, honestly. Today we tried out copying a landscape with flowers using big brushes, palette knives and an old debit card. Picked up some good tips.

After faking it, I baked gluten free lemon, elderflower and almond biscuits for some younger relatives who need to eat gluten-free. They can have them over the Bank Holiday when we go on a family outing – masked and distanced of course.

 

Gluten free elderflower biscuits

 

 

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique 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.

In this one, I combined the image of the bird with snippets of text of things my Nana used to say. She used to take me to Swansea Museum a lot when I was small and I could hear her voice in the back of my head as I was sitting and drawing the birds and bugs.

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

 

More Scrapings

27 Aug

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I’ve filled this A3 sheet of Bockingford paper with the scrapings from the paintings I’ve been doing recently. The paint is too expensive to just chuck, Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic, and as my Nanna used to say, “waste not, want not”. I’ve put it on mostly with a palette knife and the heavy texture of the Bockingford shows through where it’s been well scraped. It’ll come for collage papers.

 

 

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique 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.

In this one, I combined the image of the bird with snippets of text of things my Nana used to say. She used to take me to Swansea Museum a lot when I was small and I could hear her voice in the back of my head as I was sitting and drawing the birds and bugs.

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

 

A Very Sloppy Finish

26 Aug

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I carried on with the expressionist-inspired painting I’m doing from one of my recent en plein air sketchbook drawings. Two things are coming up for me. First, the colours I’m using are intuitive and reflect something that’s going on inside somewhere, linked to the pandemic and lockdown – this is an emotional and cathartic thing that I’m doing.

Secondly, way back when I was in art college (when dinosaurs roamed the earth) I did a lot of painting and I was put off by lecturers who kept going on about my work being “unfinished”. They wanted me to work in a very traditional, polished style which although is a good thing to learn, wasn’t what I wanted to do. So I drifted away from painting and found expression in drawing and printmaking. The weekly sessions I’ve been doing throughout the pandemic with the Cheese and Wine Painting Club over on Facebook have given me much more confidence in handling paint. I’ve discovered that many of the great painters we’ve been studying have got a very sloppy finish, which makes me feel a whole lot better.

 

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique 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.

In this one, I combined the image of the bird with snippets of text of things my Nana used to say. She used to take me to Swansea Museum a lot when I was small and I could hear her voice in the back of my head as I was sitting and drawing the birds and bugs.

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

 

Channelling Gabrielle and Paula

25 Aug

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This is new for me, I’m doing a painting based on a sketch done en plein air a few weeks back. I’ve been practicing my paint skills with the Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook throughout the lockdown and now I feel confident enough to do one of my own. I love the German Expressionists, especially Gabrielle Münter and Paula Mödersohn-Becker. I love the way they express feelings though colour and gestural marks, rather than copy nature. So I guess I’m channelling Gabrielle and Paula for this one.

Here’s the original drawing, willow charcoal on Khadi paper, and the first two stages of the painting before I started to add colour, using transparent Liquitex Heavy Body acrylics.

 

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique 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.

In this one, I combined the image of the bird with snippets of text of things my Nana used to say. She used to take me to Swansea Museum a lot when I was small and I could hear her voice in the back of my head as I was sitting and drawing the birds and bugs.

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

 

Doing My Own Thing

24 Aug

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I’ve been doing a fair bit of painting during lockdown. I challenged myself to improve my skills as I hardly ever paint. I’ve been doing a weekly practice session with the Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook, which has been great. I’ve learnt a lot. But today I decided that I should start to do my own thing instead of copying others. Another thing I’ve been doing during lockdown is a load of drawings en plein air with charcoal into my Khadi sketchbook. So today I used one of the drawings as source material and worked up a very basic underpainting onto a stretched canvas with transparent Liquitex acrylic paints, thinned with water.

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Later, I tried to take a photo of an abstract painting but Sparta Puss had other ideas!

 

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique 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.

In this one, I combined the image of the bird with snippets of text of things my Nana used to say. She used to take me to Swansea Museum a lot when I was small and I could hear her voice in the back of my head as I was sitting and drawing the birds and bugs.

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

Turn It Around

23 Aug

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I spent about an hour today finishing the fake Picasso I started on Friday with The Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook. It’s my lockdown challenge to improve my painting skills and this is my twelfth one. I’m learning a lot, studying the greats, and Ed Sumner, who leads the sessions, is an entertaining and informative teacher.

For the final bit, I turned the source picture and my painting on their sides. I find it’s easier when you’re copying an artwork to look at it from a different angle, it helps to see what’s actually there rather than what you think is there.

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Here she is, Sleeping Girl. I used Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paints, Daler-Rowney brushes for acrylics and a cheapo canvas from Wilkos. The next Cheese and Wine Painting Club is on Friday August 28th and the subject is painting abstract flowers. It’s not a subject that I would normally choose, but this is about learning and improving, not enjoying myself (although mostly I do).

Another Faking Friday

21 Aug

 

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It’s another faking Friday with the Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook. It’s been running weekly through lockdown, inspiring people to learn something about the techniques of, mostly, famous artists in a very accessible and enjoyable way, building a nice community during the pandemic. Today we had Picasso’s “Sleeping Girl”. I really liked this one, it’s very free and simple. There’s probably another hour or so to do on it – that’ll wait until tomorrow.

 

 

This is my twelfth fake and I’m learning a lot about painting, which was my reason for doing it in the first place. It’s up to you how much you want to chip in for each session but they’re free for people who can’t afford it. The next one is abstract flowers, using a palette knife. Click on the link above to find out more.

 

 

 

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