Making The Mari

I carried on making up the Mari Lwyd kit that I bought from TRAC Cymru, the Welsh folk development organisation. It’s been beautifully designed by the artist and storyteller David Pitt and the instruction video is easy enough to follow, but it’s an elaborate piece and needs time and care. The upper skull is nowContinue reading “Making The Mari”

A Flat Pack Mari

This is my Xmas present to myself, a Mari Lwyd flat pack kit. I’ve wanted a Mari Lwyd for ages but it isn’t easy to get a horse skull these days, since the internal combustion engine took over from carts. This kit has been designed by Swansea-based artist David Pitt AKA The Crowman AKA DaiContinue reading “A Flat Pack Mari”

Still Tweaking The Five o Clock Shadow

I’ve been tweaking my fake painting of Vermeer’s “Girl With A Pearl Earring” and I’m so very nearly there. I’ve slimmed down her cheeks and lifted the too-droopy left eyelid and firmed up her chin and jawline. But now there’s too much grey and black, the poor thing looks like she has five-o-clock shadow, soContinue reading “Still Tweaking The Five o Clock Shadow”

The First Proof

I did some more carving on my new Mari Lwyd linocut this afternoon, more or less finishing the head. I thought I’d take a first proof print to see what else needs to be done to the head and to have a think about what, if anything, I might do to the rest of theContinue reading “The First Proof”

Cheese And Trackie Bottoms …..

It’s Boxing Day. Yesterday was Christmas Day. I’m on holiday so mostly I’m stuffing my face with cheese and cherry liquer chocolates, slobbing around the house in trackie bottoms and watching Netflix. But I managed to drag myself off the settee for half an hour earlier to go for a socially distanced and masked walkContinue reading “Cheese And Trackie Bottoms …..”

Almost There ….. Not Quite …..

Yesterday evening I joined in with a Zoom tutorial run by the painter Ed Sumner. I’ve been following Ed’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club throughout lockdown, copying a work by a famous artist every Friday lunchtime, but this was a more intense teaching session about Vermeer’s “Girl In A Pearl Earring”. We did a lotContinue reading “Almost There ….. Not Quite …..”

A Carving, A Cat, And A Horse’s Skull

After a long break, I did some lino cutting today. It’s been months ….. I don’t think I’ve gone as long as this without doing some printmaking. The pandemic has had a strange effect on me and although I’ve been doing loads of painting and drawing, I haven’t been able to work up the enthusiasmContinue reading “A Carving, A Cat, And A Horse’s Skull”

Finally Finished Faking And A Bit More Baking

I finally finished faking the Cezanne landscape I started last Friday. He’s a very complex painter, the canvas is covered in layers and layers of translucent paint, and pigment dragged on with a dry brush so you can see so many subtle colours glowing through the entire work. I also finished icing some little XmasContinue reading “Finally Finished Faking And A Bit More Baking”


I carried on working on last Friday’s fake painting, a landscape by Cezanne. The strident orange needed to be knocked back a bit, which I did with a very thin wash of watered down titanium white (Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic). But then I lost the lowlights so I had a good squint at the originalContinue reading “Squinting”

Faking And Baking … Again

I finished this fake Monet today – Tulip Fields. I started it the Friday before last in Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club and it’s taken me a while, but that’s the trouble with the Impressionists – all those little dots and dashes take ages. And Husb did some baking today – our firstContinue reading “Faking And Baking … Again”