Blwyddyn Newydd Dda : Happy New Year

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 outContinue reading “Blwyddyn Newydd Dda : Happy New Year”

Another Fake To Finish

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 ofContinue reading “Another Fake To Finish”

A Bit More Faking

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 startedContinue reading “A Bit More Faking”

A Fake At Christmas

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 haveContinue reading “A Fake At Christmas”

Sparta Says …. What A Lazy Monkey!

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.Continue reading “Sparta Says …. What A Lazy Monkey!”

Irises in close-up

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 brushworkContinue reading “Irises in close-up”

Horizontals, Verticals, Diagonals

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 screenprintsContinue reading “Horizontals, Verticals, Diagonals”

Bit Of A Challenge

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 pilesContinue reading “Bit Of A Challenge”

Shadow Tree

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, inspiredContinue reading “Shadow Tree”

Nooks And Crannies

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 theContinue reading “Nooks And Crannies”