Archive | April, 2021

Finished Faffing With Vincent’s Vessels

30 Apr

I finally finished copying van Gogh’s “Fishing Boats on the Beach at Saintes-Maries” that I started a couple of weeks ago in a Zoom tutorial with the painter Ed Sumner. This is the 47th fake I’ve painted since the first lockdown started just over a year ago. Not bad considering I’m a scribbler and printmaker, not a painter. I would never have thought I’d have taken to painting so well, I’m really loving it. I find drawing and printmaking very demanding, but this painting lark is so much fun – it’s relaxing me. Here are some of the stages of the painting below.

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.

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

Shivering In Snowdonia

29 Apr

Here’s another sketch I made in North Wales last week. Husb and I escaped for the first time in over a year, since lockdown started, and it was fabulous, a truly beautiful place. We stopped the car to look back at a wonderful view over Lake Gwynant in Snowdonia, and I had to make a choice about how to approach the sketch. We were only stopped briefly and it was still quite cold, although sunny, and we didn’t want to hang around for long, so I chose my brown paper sketchbook and black, sanguine and white conte crayons. I blocked in the main features of the scene in front and then jumped, shivering, into the car.

It’s the last chance to enter this year’s Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year ……

 

Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year are currently looking for artists to take part in the new series of the programme.

This amazing opportunity is open to all artists over 16, resident in the UK. To enter send in a landscape artwork that you have created within the last five years, via their website.

If selected to take part in the competition you will then be given the opportunity to paint a specially chosen, stunning landscape within the UK. The prize on offer is a £10,000 commission for a major British institution plus £500 worth of art materials from Cass Art. The deadline for applying to the competition is 30th April 2021.

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Oooh Nearly There….

27 Apr

I’ve almost finished the copy I’ve been doing of van Gogh’s “Fishing Boats on the Beach at Saintes Marie de la Mer”. It’s almost there, just a bit more faffing to do and it should be done. The beach is supposed to be where Mary Magdalene, along with two other Biblical Marys, landed in France after fleeing after the death of Jesus. I’m using Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paints onto stretched, primed canvas. I started it a couple of weeks ago in a Zoom tutorial from Ed Sumner who runs the Cheese and Wine Painting Club every Friday on Facebook. I need to put in some white foam at the edge of the sea, knock back some of the shadows under the boats, soften the horizon and sharpen up the masts at the front. Shouldn’t take long now.

Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year are currently looking for artists to take part in the new series of the programme.

This amazing opportunity is open to all artists over 16, resident in the UK. To enter send in a landscape artwork that you have created within the last five years, via their website.

If selected to take part in the competition you will then be given the opportunity to paint a specially chosen, stunning landscape within the UK. The prize on offer is a £10,000 commission for a major British institution plus £500 worth of art materials from Cass Art. The deadline for applying to the competition is 30th April 2021.

No More Faffing On Monet’s Cliffs

26 Apr

Another fake finished …. I’m on a roll here. This is a copy of Claude Monet’s “Cliff at Grainval” that I started with Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook about a week and a half ago. I didn’t much like it, there are plenty of other works by Monet that I prefer but I’m doing these weekly painting to learn new skills and I think it’s good discipline to push through the dislike and get it finished. Here are some of the stages I went through, using Liquitex acrylic paint onto canvas. Ed has been running the paint club for over a year now, since the start of the first pandemic lockdown and I’ve done about 50 fakes so far.

Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year are currently looking for artists to take part in the new series of the programme.

This amazing opportunity is open to all artists over 16, resident in the UK. To enter send in a landscape artwork that you have created within the last five years, via their website.

If selected to take part in the competition you will then be given the opportunity to paint a specially chosen, stunning landscape within the UK. The prize on offer is a £10,000 commission for a major British institution plus £500 worth of art materials from Cass Art. The deadline for applying to the competition is 30th April 2021.

Finally Finished Faffing The Fake

25 Apr

I finished faffing with the fake from Fridays Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook. This is by the French Pointillist artist Camille Pissarro, “Bridge at Montefoucaute”. I didn’t like it when I started, but it grew on me. It involved a lot of daubing which I found very relaxing. Here are the stages I went through.

Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year are currently looking for artists to take part in the new series of the programme.

This amazing opportunity is open to all artists over 16, resident in the UK. To enter send in a landscape artwork that you have created within the last five years, via their website.

If selected to take part in the competition you will then be given the opportunity to paint a specially chosen, stunning landscape within the UK. The prize on offer is a £10,000 commission for a major British institution plus £500 worth of art materials from Cass Art. The deadline for applying to the competition is 30th April 2021.

Portal To The Otherworld

24 Apr

On our last day in North Wales, earlier in the week, Husb and I visited Pistyll Rheadr, a magnificent waterfall near Llanrheadr ym Mochnant in Powys. On the edge of the Berwyn Mountains, it’s the longest single drop waterfall in the UK and is also reputed to be one of the six portals to Annwn, the Otherworld of Welsh legend, that coexists with our own, a bit like a parallel universe. It’s beautiful and neither the photograph nor the drawing do it justice. Both only show the lower drop, the whole waterfall is much higher and spectacular. I used watercolours, my home made walnut ink and white conte crayon onto a rough handmade vintage blue-grey paper.

Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year are currently looking for artists to take part in the new series of the programme.

This amazing opportunity is open to all artists over 16, resident in the UK. To enter send in a landscape artwork that you have created within the last five years, via their website.

If selected to take part in the competition you will then be given the opportunity to paint a specially chosen, stunning landscape within the UK. The prize on offer is a £10,000 commission for a major British institution plus £500 worth of art materials from Cass Art. The deadline for applying to the competition is 30th April 2021.

Faking Friday Comes Round Again

23 Apr

It’s Friday’s fakery with Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club over on Facebook and this week it’s a work by the French Pointillist artist Camille Pissarro, “Bridge at Montefoucaute”. There’s still a way to go, maybe a couple of hours over the weekend, before it’s finished. I’m using Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paint onto a stretched canvas.

Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year are currently looking for artists to take part in the new series of the programme.

This amazing opportunity is open to all artists over 16, resident in the UK. To enter send in a landscape artwork that you have created within the last five years, via their website.

If selected to take part in the competition you will then be given the opportunity to paint a specially chosen, stunning landscape within the UK. The prize on offer is a £10,000 commission for a major British institution plus £500 worth of art materials from Cass Art. The deadline for applying to the competition is 30th April 2021.

The Tragic Statue In Harlech

22 Apr

Husb and I spent a few days in North Wales, only the second time we’ve been out of county for over a year, and it was lush. We went to the 13th century Harlech Castle, perched on a steep hill above a large coastal plain. Outside is a 20th century statue by Ivor Roberts-Jones, of Bendigeidfran and Gwern from the tragic legend in the Mabinogion, the Welsh book of ancient mythology.

I drew it with my home-made walnut ink and a vintage squirrel brush onto vintage Ingres paper. I started by splattering the ink across the paper and finished by adding some highlights with a white conte crayon.

Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year are currently looking for artists to take part in the new series of the programme.

This amazing opportunity is open to all artists over 16, resident in the UK. To enter send in a landscape artwork that you have created within the last five years, via their website.

If selected to take part in the competition you will then be given the opportunity to paint a specially chosen, stunning landscape within the UK. The prize on offer is a £10,000 commission for a major British institution plus £500 worth of art materials from Cass Art. The deadline for applying to the competition is 30th April 2021.

Big Boughs At Bodnant

21 Apr

Husb and I just had a few days in North Wales, the first time we’ve been away from home since lockdown started over a year ago. It was lovely. Lots of places are still closed because of Covid19, so we packed picnics and took off into the countryside. Our first stop was the beautiful gardens of Bodnant where I saw this incredible tree that had fallen at some point and thrown up new, contorted boughs from where it lay. I chose my homemade walnut ink and vintage squirrel brushes onto some vintage Ingres paper I was given a few years back.

Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year are currently looking for artists to take part in the new series of the programme.

This amazing opportunity is open to all artists over 16, resident in the UK. To enter send in a landscape artwork that you have created within the last five years, via their website.

If selected to take part in the competition you will then be given the opportunity to paint a specially chosen, stunning landscape within the UK. The prize on offer is a £10,000 commission for a major British institution plus £500 worth of art materials from Cass Art. The deadline for applying to the competition is 30th April 2021.

Faffing With The Fishing Boats

20 Apr

More work done on the van Gogh that I’m copying, “Fishing Boats on a Beach”. It’s almost there, just a bit more faffing to do and it should be finished. I’m using Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paints onto stretched, primed canvas. I started it last week in a Zoom tutorial from Ed Sumner who runs the Cheese and Wine Painting Club every Friday on Facebook.

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.

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

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