Archive | October, 2021

Taking Liberties

31 Oct

Here’s the longer pose (one hour) from this week’s life drawing session at Swansea Print Workshop. The previous drawings in the session had been quite academic, in conte crayon, and I really wanted to let go a bit so I grabbed a much bigger sheet of paper and some Daler Rowney oil pastels and focused on the shapes in the composition rather than the fine details. I took a few liberties with the colours, mind. I used my finger tips a lot, to apply streaks of colour – you can see my fingerprints on some bits.

My lovely nephew (in the middle) along with these other wonderful young people have benefited from the Children In Need charity in recent years and now they’re giving something back. They’re the Surprise Squad (more about them here) and you can follow their adventures on BBC1s “The One Show“, 15th – 18th November. I know that times are hard, but if you can spare a quid or two, please consider donating to Children In Need (here). They really do make a difference to young lives. Thank you xxx

Draw What You See …..

30 Oct

Here’s a longer pose from this week’s life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop, 30 minutes, using conte crayons in sanguine and black onto cartridge paper. There’s some pretty extreme foreshortening with this and her left foot was at an odd angle so the shape of it is really weird, but I kept checking and it’s right. When you’re drawing from life to have to draw what you see not what you think you see and sometimes what you see can be very strange.

My lovely nephew (in the middle) along with these other wonderful young people have benefited from the Children In Need charity in recent years and now they’re giving something back. They’re the Surprise Squad (more about them here) and you can follow their adventures on BBC1s “The One Show“, 15th – 18th November. I know that times are hard, but if you can spare a quid or two, please consider donating to Children In Need (here). They really do make a difference to young lives. Thank you xxx

Faffing With Salvador

29 Oct

I carried on painting my copy of Salvador Dali’s “Christ of Saint John on the Cross” that I started a couple of weeks ago in a Zoom tutorial with the painter Ed Sumner, who runs the Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook. I started studying with Ed at the beginning of lockdown last year. I didn’t think that the pandemic would last so long, but it’s meant that I’ve learned such a lot about painting techniques and also art history, by studying from the great artists over the past 18 months. There’s a bit more faffing to do on the this bit, then back to the figure on the cross, to do the final details.

My lovely nephew (in the middle) along with these other wonderful young people have benefited from the Children In Need charity in recent years and now they’re giving something back. They’re the Surprise Squad (more about them here) and you can follow their adventures on BBC1s “The One Show“, 15th – 18th November. I know that times are hard, but if you can spare a quid or two, please consider donating to Children In Need (here). They really do make a difference to young lives. Thank you xxx

Tonight At Life Drawing

28 Oct

Just back from life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop. Here’s a 10 minute pose. I blocked in the figures with the flat side of a conte crayon before I added the linework. Tired now, off to bed. Nos Da, Good Night.

My lovely nephew (in the middle) along with these other wonderful young people have benefitted from the Children In Need charity in recent years and now they’re giving something back. They’re the Surprise Squad (more about them here) and you can follow their adventures on BBC1s “The One Show“, 15th – 18th November. I know that times are hard, but if you can spare a quid or two, please consider donating to Children In Need (here). They really do make a difference to young lives. Thank you xxx

Painting A Hockney In Under A Minute

27 Oct

Here’s a timelapse film of me painting a copy of Yorkshire Wolds by David Hockney in under a minute. It took me a lot longer in real life! It’s one of my pandemic lockdown paintings that I’ve been doing through the past 16 months or so with the Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook. I think this one definitely influenced me in the recent painting I did of a Lake District landscape from an original drawing.

 

My lovely nephew (in the middle) along with these other wonderful young people have benefitted from the Children In Need charity in recent years and now they’re giving something back. They’re the Surprise Squad (more about them here) and you can follow their adventures on BBC1s “The One Show“, 15th – 18th November. I know that times are hard, but if you can spare a quid or two, please consider donating to Children In Need (here). They really do make a difference to young lives. Thank you xxx

Tidying Up

26 Oct

I did a painting of Sparta Puss way back towards the beginning of The Pandemic Lockdown early last year, something a bit fun to put into my window to entertain people out on their regulation 1 hour a day walks. I did it very quickly and now I’m thinking of entering it for an exhibition. But it’s a bit untidy and scruffy so today I got my paints out (Liquitex Heavy Body acrylics) and started doing a tidy up. You can see some of the scruffy bits. It won’t take long and it will make me feel a lot happier about it.

My lovely nephew (in the middle) along with these other wonderful young people have benefitted from the Children In Need charity in recent years and now they’re giving something back. They’re the Surprise Squad (more about them here) and you can follow their adventures on BBC1s “The One Show“, 15th – 18th November. I know that times are hard, but if you can spare a quid or two, please consider donating to Children In Need (here). They really do make a difference to young lives. Thank you xxx

Monday Video: Epic Scenery In 36 Seconds

25 Oct

I’ve been browsing my YouTube channel and I’d forgotten a lot of the stuff on there, especially the earlier films. So I thought I’d spend the next few Mondays posting some of my art videos. Husb is the tecchie filmie person in the household and he puts these short films together. This is me sitting and drawing the magnificent King’s Quoit dolmen on the coast at Manorbier in Pembrokeshire. It was very windy but the scenery is amazing. It’s only 36 seconds, so blink and you’ll miss it.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage 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 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.

Not All Bish Bash Bosh

24 Oct

There are some odd ideas out there about what it is that artists do, how we make a work of art. Many seem to think that we get the materials together and Bish Bash Bosh, there it is on the canvas, or the plinth, or hot off the printing press. But the reality is lots of preparation, lots of jotting down ideas, lots of working things out before even getting your hands on a prepared canvas or a piece of stone or a block of lino. So here’s my starting point for what I hope will be a new series of woodcut prints. The pad on the left is kept at my bedside and I scribble any ideas that pop up at 4 o clock in the morning – it happens most nights. The sketchbook on the right is for my first jottings and thumbnail sketches, based on the vetted ideas from my bedside book. The process will be long …..oh yes……

My lovely nephew (in the middle) along with these other wonderful young people have benefitted from the Children In Need charity and now they’re giving something back. They’re the Surprise Squad (more about them here) and you can follow their adventures on BBC1s “The One Show“, 15th – 18th November. I know that times are hard, but if you can spare a quid or two, please consider donating to Children In Need (here). They really do make a difference to young lives. Thank you xxx

Scribbling In The Wind

23 Oct

Nice day so went for a walk out of the city, along the Pennard Pill valley route to Three Cliffs Bay. It was cloudy and very windy so I only stopped to do a quick scribble, with Daler Rowney soft pastels onto Khadi paper. There’s a stone spiral, called by locals “the labyrinth” where the valley meets the beach, so I scribbled this with the hillside in the background, a blaze of russet and rich browns against the overcast purpley-blue sky.

My lovely nephew (in the middle) along with these other wonderful young people have benefitted from the Children In Need charity and now they’re giving something back. They’re the Surprise Squad (more about them here) and you can follow their adventures on BBC1s “The One Show“, 15th – 18th November. I know that times are hard, but if you can spare a quid or two, please consider donating to Children In Need (here). They really do make a difference to young lives. Thank you xxx

Giving It A Go

22 Oct

It’s almost half a century since I rocked up, in flares and platforms, at the Foundation Course in Swansea Art School, determined to be a painter. Then I did the module in printmaking and retired my paintbrushes. Until the pandemic lockdown started in Spring last year. We were only allowed out of the house for an hour a day and I discovered Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook when I was looking for something to do to pass the time. After so many decades I thought, “Why not give it a go”. So for 15 months I have been copying great works of art, which is Ed’s way of teaching, and that gave me the confidence to start choosing my own subjects to paint, with varying degrees of success. This landscape in acrylics is based on a pastel drawing I did en plein air at Birkrigg Common in the Lake District last month.

I used a textured canvas, I scrape leftover paint from the Painting Club sessions onto spare canvases. Waste not, want not. Then I applied the coloured “ground” that Ed Sumner recommends doing. And from then on, I followed the original drawing, using Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paints and a mixture of brushes and palette knives. I can see the influence of some of the artists we have studied, especially van Gogh and Hockney; I need to keep working at it to find my own style.

Here’s my original drawing. I prefer it to the painting, I love the immediacy and the nature of the Daler Rowney soft oil pastels onto a very rough Khadi paper. But I’m still a novice at painting so I must get more practice in.

My lovely nephew (in the middle) along with these other wonderful young people have benefitted from the Children In Need charity and now they’re giving something back. They’re the Surprise Squad (more about them here) and you can follow their adventures on BBC1s “The One Show“, 15th – 18th November. I know that times are hard, but if you can spare a quid or two, please consider donating to Children In Need (here). They really do make a difference to young lives. Thank you xxx

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