Finally Finished Faffing

11 Mar

Storm at Sea by JMW Turner. I think this is the hardest painting I have copied since I joined Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club almost a year ago now. I’ve done almost 40 and I’ve learnt so much from copying such a range of artists, but Turner has definitely been the most difficult for me. But probably the one I’ve learnt the most from as well. The complexity of his technique is staggering. They look simple but they’re definitely not.

Here are the stages of the painting. I nearly gave up about half way through, I wanted to paint the whole thing white and recycle the canvas, but I persevered when I realised that I needed to put masses more paint onto it. The real breakthrough came when I tried dabbing thick paint impasto style with the blunt end of a square brush. Something very specific, but it transformed the whole thing.

 

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.

Inspired by drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artefacts 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.

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

9 Responses to “Finally Finished Faffing”

  1. Leonie Andrews March 17, 2021 at 22:51 #

    Oops hit the button too soon. Meant to say most would assume it’s mostly grey black and white. The warm underpainting was a surprise too, although I know this was a common way for him to tackle watercolours.

    • Rosie Scribblah March 26, 2021 at 22:15 #

      Yes, there’s quite a range of colour in it, knocked back at the end with thin white glazes 🙂

  2. Leonie Andrews March 17, 2021 at 22:48 #

    It is also staggering the range of colours that make up the painting. Most would

  3. Alli Farkas March 12, 2021 at 15:49 #

    And uninformed people wonder why these things that look to them that their 5-year-old could do it are considered to be so complex. 🙄

    • Rosie Scribblah March 13, 2021 at 18:52 #

      I was thinking the same as I was working on it. It’s really hard to make an abstract look good

    • Leonie Andrews March 27, 2021 at 03:26 #

      I finally read an excellent comeback to that irritating remark, which I plan to use the next time I hear it. It is “Yes, your 5 year old could do it, but could you?”

  4. Helen Cherry March 12, 2021 at 07:58 #

    So interesting to see the stages Rose and the texture of the painting looks fantastic. So full of movement.

    • Rosie Scribblah March 13, 2021 at 18:51 #

      Thanks Helen, I learn a lot by recording the stages and looking back over them. I was despairing with this up to around photo 8 then it sort of came together 😀

Leave a Reply to Leonie Andrews Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: