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Life Drawing And Local Lockdown

27 Sep

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Here’s the complete set of life drawings I did last week at Swansea Print Workshop with one of our male models. The three below are fast poses, 2 x 5minutes and 1 x 10 minutes. Above are two x 30 minute poses and one of an hour.

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The sessions stopped at the beginning of lockdown in March and we’ve just started having them again, we’ve had two, with very stringent safety factors in place. Unfortunately, we’ve gone back into lockdown locally and we’re not sure if we can keep running them. We’ll find out next week.

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.

In this one, I combined the image of the bird with snippets of text of things my Nana used to say. She used to take me to Swansea Museum a lot when I was small and I could hear her voice in the back of my head as I was sitting and drawing the birds and bugs.

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

 

5 Minutes, 10 Minutes, 30 Minutes

26 Sep

Chrissy 4

At the beginning of the life drawing sessions at Swansea Print Workshop, we have some shorter timed poses before getting into the half hour and one hour ones. Below left are two five minute poses, a 10 minute at bottom right and the first of the 30 minute poses above. I’ve used willow charcoal onto vintage paper by WH Saunders, size approximately A2 (42 x 60 cms).

 

 

 

 

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.

In this one, I combined the image of the bird with snippets of text of things my Nana used to say. She used to take me to Swansea Museum a lot when I was small and I could hear her voice in the back of my head as I was sitting and drawing the birds and bugs.

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

 

The Tattoo And The Chair

25 Sep

Chrissy 3

Here’s another life drawing from the Swansea Print Workshop session last night. It was great to get back to life drawing, it’s really good discipline and practise. This chair has been at the Workshop for as long as I can remember, a voluptuous bentwood and velvet seat. Our model has a striking tattoo going down her back, but working in charcoal doesn’t lend itself to fine detail.

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I used willow charcoal onto a lovely vintage WM Saunders paper. I took quite a technical approach to the drawing, checking and rechecking my marks and trying very hard to get the perspective right.

 

 

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.

In this one, I combined the image of the bird with snippets of text of things my Nana used to say. She used to take me to Swansea Museum a lot when I was small and I could hear her voice in the back of my head as I was sitting and drawing the birds and bugs.

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

Life drawing tonight

24 Sep

Chrissy 1

Just back from life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop. Nice to be back in the saddle. Great model, lovely to work with her again. I’m tired now, so more of this tomorrow. Nos da, good night 😀

Faking It. Baking It.

22 Sep

fields 7

Still working on the fake Hockney I began last Friday with the weekly Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook, led by the artist Ed Sumner. One of my lockdown challenges was to improve my painting skills and I think it’s working. I feel like I’m learning a lot. This is my sixteenth fake and I normally finish them on the day or over the weekend, but the last few days have been a bit hectic, so I’ve been carrying on with it today. There’s still more to do, perhaps an hour or so. But whenever I say that, it usually stretches to 2 or 3.

 

And I did some baking as well, the first in a while. I made a standard loaf, 80% strong white flour and 20% strong wholemeal, and also some savoury Chelsea Buns. They’re filled with a mixture of butter, parmesan cheese, fresh marjoram and finely chopped roast garlic.

bread

 

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.

In this one, I combined the image of the bird with snippets of text of things my Nana used to say. She used to take me to Swansea Museum a lot when I was small and I could hear her voice in the back of my head as I was sitting and drawing the birds and bugs.

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

 

Back In The Saddle

21 Sep

fat dave 5

Here’s another drawing from last week’s Life Drawing class at Swansea Print Workshop. It was so good to get back in the saddle, as it were. I used Daler Rowney medium sized sticks of willow charcoal onto vintage W. M. Saunders paper. It’s a joy to use quality materials.

 

 

 

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.

In this one, I combined the image of the bird with snippets of text of things my Nana used to say. She used to take me to Swansea Museum a lot when I was small and I could hear her voice in the back of my head as I was sitting and drawing the birds and bugs.

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

 

Male Model And Paper Mills

20 Sep

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Here’s a completed piece in charcoal I did at last Thursday’s life drawing group at Swansea Print Workshop. It was the first session since lockdown began in March and it was so good to be back. Because of the current restrictions, we were only able to have 5 drawers plus the model and it was fully booked straight away. I managed to get a place at the last minute after someone pulled out. It’s so much better than drawing from the televised and Zoom sessions that have been available. They’re ok, but there’s something missing. Our model has grown an enormous lockdown beard since we last saw him so drawing that as well as a mask was new!

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It also gave me a chance to use some lovely vintage paper from the W. H. Saunders mill, which no longer exists. It’s a shame that so many paper mills have been lost in the UK, there used to be loads but now there are just a few left in the English county of Somerset. St. Cuthbert’s Mill, dating from the 1700s, makes a lot of the traditional papers we use at Swansea Print Workshop and there’s another, more recent one, the Two Rivers Mill, that I’m keen to try out. And there’s a small mill at Wookey Hole, which has been operating since at least 1610, and currently uses Victorian machinery. I think I’ll have to do a road trip to Somerset and trek around the paper mills. That’s my idea of a good time. I’m such a geek.

 

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.

In this one, I combined the image of the bird with snippets of text of things my Nana used to say. She used to take me to Swansea Museum a lot when I was small and I could hear her voice in the back of my head as I was sitting and drawing the birds and bugs.

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

 

Friday’s Faking Fields

18 Sep

fields 4

And Friday rolls around again, so quickly, and it’s the the lunchtime Cheese and Wine Painting Club. I set myself some lockdown challenges early in the pandemic and one of them was to improve my painting skills. I found this great painting session on Facebook, where the artist Ed Sumner guides us in painting from a work by a great artist.

Today it’s David Hockney’s “Wheatfield Near Fridaythorpe”. I love Hockney’s work and this was a joy to do. I still need to spend another hour or two, adding details and refining the composition. I’m learning so much from doing these each week – this is the 16th!  I’m using Liquitex heavy body acrylics, mostly transparent ones, with a couple of opaque and plenty of white.

 

 

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.

In this one, I combined the image of the bird with snippets of text of things my Nana used to say. She used to take me to Swansea Museum a lot when I was small and I could hear her voice in the back of my head as I was sitting and drawing the birds and bugs.

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

 

Masked Life Drawing

17 Sep

fat dave 1

Just back from life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop – first time I’ve been in ages, even before lockdown I hadn’t been in a while. I’m really tired so more tomorrow. Na night, nos da 🙂

 

 

Carrying On Carrying On

15 Sep

trees 1 step f

I carried on working on a painting I started a couple of weeks ago, based on a charcoal drawing I did en plein air into my Khadi sketchbook. I am trying to develop a style of my own – I’ve never done much painting and it’s my lockdown challenge. I really like the German Expressionists and am finding that I’m being influenced by them. But I’ve recently reached a stage where I don’t know how – or if – to progress with the painting. I’m happy with the composition and the broad colour scheme but it feels a bit unfinished to me.

trees 1 step f detail

So I just had a quick go yesterday, developing the brushwork and putting in a creamy colour to replaced the stark white bare canvas in the previous stage. Here’s a close up. I like the quick, gestural brushstrokes but I also want to add a bit more depth and richness, not necessarily more detail.

 

 

 

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.

In this one, I combined the image of the bird with snippets of text of things my Nana used to say. She used to take me to Swansea Museum a lot when I was small and I could hear her voice in the back of my head as I was sitting and drawing the birds and bugs.

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

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