Turner Was A Cheapskate (And He Loved Cats)

The artist JMW Turner was a cheapskate. It’s true. He often used cheap paints and sometimes they were so cheap that buyers returned the work months later because they had faded so much! He loved the juicy red called cochineal, made from South American beetles. But despite knowing that the colour just wouldn’t last, he carried on using it and we have no idea after a couple of centuries just how brilliantly coloured his original works were.

Turner was known for not caring about his finished work and left a lot of paintings in terrible conditions. He even ripped a tear in one painting to make a flap for his seven Manx cats.  He was such a passionate, spontaneous artist that he wanted the reddest red at the moment he was painting and didn’t think of anything else. 

I copied this painting by Turner “Storm At Sea” during one of Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club sessions on Facebook. He’s been running them since the start of the Covid19 lockdown back in March 2020. It’s built up of many textured layers of paint. His work is so complex, with so many things going on and I’ve learnt a lot by copying him. And I’ve used excellent paint, Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic, so it won’t fade LOL 😀

I’m selling it to raise money for LATCH The Children’s Cancer Charity, which is a wonderful organisation supporting very ill children and their families. Please click on the painting of the boats below to have a look at all the paintings I’m selling for LATCH xxx

LATCH, The Children’s Cancer Charity, Painting Fundraiser

I’ve been painting these ‘fakes’ with Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook since lockdown started in Spring 2020. I’m selling some of them to raise funds for this lovely charity which has given so much support to my young relative over the past few years.

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If you would like to see the paintings and maybe buy one, please click on the boats picture to visit the page. Thanks xxx

Published by Rosie Scribblah

I'm an artist / printmaker / scribbler. I love drawing and all the geeky stuff associated with printmaking, working in a figurative style. I live in Wales with husband and demented cats. And my real name is Rose Davies :D

4 thoughts on “Turner Was A Cheapskate (And He Loved Cats)

  1. This sent me off to look for the origin of ‘cheapskate’.
    And I was right to think that ‘skate’ referred to ‘scat’, but through the circuitous route of colloquial Scottish – “skyte”.

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