The Finishing Touch: 1

19 Oct

monet cliffs final

I’ve had this fake Monet on my easel for over a week now. It was nearly finished but I couldn’t get around to doing the final touches until today. I wasn’t quite sure what still needed to be done – it’s easy to keep on and on working on something, especially a painting or drawing, and hard to know when to call time. When I came back to it this afternoon I decided that really all it needed was to knock the intensity of the colour back a bit by covering most of it with a very thin wash of white paint and water. The version on the left below was how I left it, the version on the right is how I finished it today.

The difference is very slight and in some ways I prefer the one on the left, but the purpose of the exercise was to try and make it reasonably accurate and the original painting has paler, more pastel colours, it’s not particularly bright. Here’s a detail, below, which gves a better view of the slightly chalky surface after I put on the white wash earlier.

monet cliffs final detail

Here’s a slide show of the different stages of the painting, from the first coat of pale pink paint to today’s finished version.

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I’ve been practicing painting with the Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook, which has just switched to Saturday lunchtimes, from Fridays. It’s led by Ed Sumner who takes us through the techniques of the artist we’re studing over an hour and a half. Please follow the link above for more information.




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 and to see the complete image.

In this one, I combined snippets of a bird and discarded plastic with the image of a bug, part of the Museum’s fascinating vintage collection.

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

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