Archive | December, 2021

Blwyddyn Newydd Dda : Happy New Year

31 Dec

Here’s Sparta Puss being very seasonal with a little fake Monet I did a while back – it’s called “The Magpie”. Sparta Puss hates magpies. They come and nest in the tree next door every year, I think it might be the same pair, I don’t know how long they live. They pick stones out of the guttering and throw them at her when she’s in the garden. And if she’s sitting on the bedroom window sill, they prance around on the roof outside screaming at her and taunting her. She really hates them. She doesn’t look at all impressed that I did a painting of one.

Anyway, Blwyddyn Newydd Dda, Happy New Year from Sparta Puss, Husb and me xxx

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.

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

Another Fake To Finish

30 Dec

I started faking this painting by Henri Matisse about 4 weeks ago, with Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club over on Facebook. I started doing these fakes when Ed began the sessions early in lockdown back in Spring 2020. It was easier then because it was, well, lockdown and I had a lot of time on my hands. Now, although there are still Covid19 restrictions, I’ve got a lot of work coming in, which is always good for a freelance artist, but it means I can’t crack on and finish the fakes I’ve got hanging around. Ah well, maybe I can get a couple of hours in over the New Year’s holiday break. I don’t think I have much more to do on this. A few alterations to her face and some patterns on her clothes and the chair should see it finished.

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.

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

A Bit More Faking

29 Dec

Here’s a little bit more of the fake I’m working on at the moment; part of my Xmas relaxation routine. It’s a copy of a painting by Wassily Kandinsky, Autumn Landscape with Boats, when he was making the transition to becoming an Abstract artist. Still a fair bit of work to do, though. I started this with one of painter Ed Sumner’s Zoom classes just before Xmas. I’ve been painting along with Ed since early in the original lockdown in Spring 2020. No-one knew then that we’d still be under pandemic restrictions almost 2 years later. I’ve learnt so much about painting because of 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.

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

A Fake At Christmas

28 Dec

I joined in with Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club Christmas disco on Zoom a few days ago. We painted a seascape by Kandinsky and listened to a cool Xmas disco. Here’s my painting at an early stage – loads more to do yet.

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.

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

Sparta Says …. What A Lazy Monkey!

26 Dec

Sparta Puss says “Nadolig Llawen” which is Welsh for “Merry Christmas”. She’s a bit late but this lazy monkey has been having a couple of days off and didn’t get round to posting it until today. She is not impressed. I hope that everyone had a Cool Yule and plenty of food, presents and rest. Sparta Puss did, but that’s nothing new …..

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.

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

Irises in close-up

23 Dec

Way back in February I finished this copy of Van Gogh’s Irises. It’s a beautiful painting which is fiendishly complicated when you start trying to copy it. My hat’s off to the man. I haven’t blogged the video of it before. It’s a slow zoom out from and extreme close up, showing you the brushwork and eventually the finished painting in all its glory. I copied a lot of great paintings during the pandemic lockdowns, with Ed Sumner’s weekly Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook.

Here it is on YouTube but I have also put it up on the Scribblah Ink page on Facebook which you can see here.

You can also find it on my Instagram profile here:

Horizontals, Verticals, Diagonals

21 Dec

Sketching in the streets around Waun Wen, I stopped and scribbled this little arrangement of horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines. I suppose you could say that most vistas in a built environment are horizontal, vertical and diagonal. And you’d be right 😀

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.

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

Bit Of A Challenge

20 Dec

As I walked the streets of the Waun Wen area of the city on Sunday, scribbling into my sketchbook, I came across a landslip. Some of the little streets snaking up the steep hillside are perched on top of towering terraces, and this one had collapsed, leaving 3 houses without their front gardens and piles of rubble in the street. Some metal buttresses and safety fencing had been rammed up against the damaged rock face in a massive and messy tangle. It was a bit of a challenge to sketch it because there are so many lines criss-crossing each other. Good practice though.

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.

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

Shadow Tree

19 Dec

I spotted this shadow tree when I was walking and drawing around Waun Wen recently, cast on a wall in the bright sunshine. These quiet walks are part of the Home & Hinterland arts project sponsored by Swansea University.

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.

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

Nooks And Crannies

18 Dec

Walking around Waun Wen on Sundays, scribbling into my tiny sketchbook, I find odd little nooks and crannies that I’d never seen, places that are usually passed by unnoticed. Many British cities and towns have them because they developed organically at times, before rigid town planning systems were imposed. This drangway, almost hidden from the little street I was walking is one of them. My walking and drawing Sundays are part of the Home & Hinterland project sponsored by Swansea University’s Taliesin Arts Centre.

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.

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

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