The Finishing Touch: 2

20 Oct

Cezanne still life final

I’ve had this fake Cezanne on my easel for nearly a fortnight now. It was almost finished but it took me a while to get around to doing the final touches as I wasn’t quite sure what still needed to be done and when to call a halt. It helped to have a break, without looking at it. In the end, it didn’t need much more, some highlights and lowlights and tidying up the lines around everything.

I photographed the stages of the painting (above) from the first squirt of bright pink to set a hot background (on a recycled canvas), through filling in the main shapes, adding the background and foreground and eventually touching in the fine details.

Cezanne still life final detail

Here’s a close up of a detail. Cezanne characteristically applied the paint quite roughly and put outlines around the forms. 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.


4 Responses to “The Finishing Touch: 2”

  1. Alli Farkas October 21, 2020 at 15:57 #

    You are becoming a quite versatile painter!

    • Rosie Scribblah October 21, 2020 at 19:52 #

      Thanks Ali. I’m enjoying doing these fakes, but I must get back to printmaking 😀

  2. Helen Cherry October 20, 2020 at 23:30 #

    Your ability to keep working is astounding and I like this one very much ! I agree that taking a break is a really good idea. When I come back from a trip where I have taken a lot of photos I often don’t look at them for days or weeks.

    • Rosie Scribblah October 21, 2020 at 19:52 #

      Thanks Helen. I know that’s a big failing with a lot of artists, finishing the work, so I push myself 😀

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