Practising The Weird

I decided to do some little charcoal studies onto paper for the big painting I’m working on, to practice the images before I commit them to canvas. There are lots of heads in the painting which look a bit weird because they’re on a computer screen. According to Husb this causes wide angle lens distortion.Continue reading “Practising The Weird”

Sketching The Details

I started sketching in some of the details onto my underpainting today, using willow charcoal as it’s easy to wipe off when you make a mistake. At this stage I’m just getting the features more or less in place rather than getting a perfect likeness because that’s going to be done later, probably the lastContinue reading “Sketching The Details”


I carried on with my new big painting today, it’s slow work, there will be many more layers of paint. It’s going to be about our family Zoom quiz that we have every week, since early in the first lockdown. The quiz connects family across South Wales, Cumbria and Australia and it’s so brilliant. I’veContinue reading “Weirdness”

Talking About Red

Here’s my second podcast. It’s about the colour red and is mostly based on the book Colour: Travels Through the Paintbox by Victoria Finlay I hope you enjoy listening to it but if you’d prefer to read, here’s a transcript of the podcast. Hello, Rosie Scribblah here. Welcome to my second Podcast. It’s been aContinue reading “Talking About Red”

Comfort Painting

That’s quite a lot of paintings for someone who hardly paints. I lost interest in painting on the first year of my Art Diploma course back in the 1970s, choosing to major in printmaking instead. I always found painting a bit messy and drawing was my great love, I found more affinity between printmaking andContinue reading “Comfort Painting”

Flicking And Faking

Today I finished faking one of Monet’s waterlily paintings that I started last Friday with the Cheese and Wine Painting Club over on Facebook. What I really liked about this one was learning to apply paint in different ways, not just using a brush. I used my fingers to smear, nails to scratch, a ragContinue reading “Flicking And Faking”

Layering Up

I did a bit more work on the big painting I started yesterday. I’ve been improving my painting skills throughout the pandemic lockdown, joining in with Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook on Fridays. It’s been a long process, lots of fun as well, and it’s given me the confidence to tryContinue reading “Layering Up”

Out Of The Attic….Into The Sunset

At last I’ve got the confidence to get stuck into a painting that isn’t a copy of one of the greats or a portrait of my cat. I’ve spent my life drawing and printmaking, rarely painting, so this is pretty new for me. I re-used a large canvas I tried painting on about 8 yearsContinue reading “Out Of The Attic….Into The Sunset”

Faking Friday, Murky Monet

What number is this fake? I think it’s 34. That’s a lot of painting, paint and canvasses since I started back last Spring with Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club over on Facebook. Every Friday lunchtime is a different painting by a famous artist to fake in an hour and a half. I’ve neverContinue reading “Faking Friday, Murky Monet”

And The Cat “Helped”

And the cat “helped”. I went back to the two head drawings I did over the past couple of days and did a bit more work into them with black gouache. These are random heads and I’m going to keep building with gouache, colour is next, and see where it takes me. I’ve always lovedContinue reading “And The Cat “Helped””