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Squinting

21 Dec

Mountain 10

I carried on working on last Friday’s fake painting, a landscape by Cezanne. The strident orange needed to be knocked back a bit, which I did with a very thin wash of watered down titanium white (Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic). But then I lost the lowlights so I had a good squint at the original and put the darkest tones back in with a translucent Van Dyke Red, which is really a rich russet brown. I think I’ve got the light/dark balance about right now, so next I’ll go over the dark red with a translucent green to get a dark tone that is nearer to the original.

I did some baking too, bola do caco – Madeiran sweet potato bread, cooked on a maen (griddle). It was gorgeous. Definitely one to do again.

bola do caco

 

 

 

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 and to see the complete image.

Inspired by drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artefacts 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.

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

Faking And Baking … Again

19 Dec

Tulips 6

I finished this fake Monet today – Tulip Fields. I started it the Friday before last in Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club and it’s taken me a while, but that’s the trouble with the Impressionists – all those little dots and dashes take ages.

And Husb did some baking today – our first mince pies of the season. Lovely. They will be shown no mercy 😀

Mince pies 2020

 

 

 

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 and to see the complete image.

Inspired by drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artefacts 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.

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

 

Craft And Cake

17 Dec

Potato 1

Today, like yesterday, was another day of craft and cake. I work part time as an arts educator for a homelessness charity and today I ran a Zoom session making Xmas wrapping paper and labels with potato prints. I haven’t done them since primary school but it was fun and the results weren’t too bad at all.

Potato 2

Brown paper, a potato and an ink stamp pad

Then I made a chocolate buttercream sticky plum cake. As you do. Very gooey, very chocolatey, very sticky.

chocolate plum buttercream

But tomorrow I shall do art ……

 

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 and to see the complete image.

Inspired by drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artefacts 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.

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

 

Crafty

16 Dec

craft

No art today, did craft instead. I iced my Xmas cake which I made from scratch and I was shown how to make a psychedelic origami Xmas tree by my lovely colleague from Crisis South Wales.

 

 

 

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 and to see the complete image.

Inspired by drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artefacts 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.

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

 

The Collage, The Tip And The Cake

11 Nov

Tip 1

I’ve been smearing leftover paints onto nice papers over the past few months, building up a store of collage papers to experiment with. I recently started thinking about the Hafod tip in Swansea which was opposite my bedroom window for much of my childhood. And looming above it in the distance was the equally black and ruined Kilvey Hill. It took many years to remove the tip and bring life back to the hill, but they’re unrecognisable now.

Tip 1a

I thought I’d start ripping up fragments of the collage papers to stick into my sketchbook and then cover them with a sheet of cellophane and paint it with black acrylic paint. That way I can try things out without putting the black paint over the collage papers. Once the acrylic paint is dry, I can scrape into it, rub sections away, play with it to reveal some of the background colours and textures. Early days yet though.

Xmas cake 2020

Oh and I baked my Xmas cake. And made the last rhubarb crumble of the year.

 

 

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 and to see the complete image.

Inspired by drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artefacts 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.

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

The Janus Mask

25 Oct

Tonya 3

Here’s another life drawing from the session at Swansea Print Workshop the other evening, with a 30 minute pose drawn with black, white and sanguine conté crayon onto black paper. Our marvellous model wore two masks on the front and back of her head, like a Janus figure.

Chelsea buns

I did some baking today. We’re on hard lockdown again and I did a lot of baking first time round – it passes time and produces lovely things to eat. I made the dough with 3/4 strong white flour and 1/4 wholemeal. I turned it into a large loaf and 4 Chelsea Buns – one of our favourites for tea.

 

 

 

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 and to see the complete image.

In this one, I combined snippets of a bird and discarded plastic with the image of a bug, part of the Museum’s fascinating vintage collection.

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

 

Lockdown 2.0: Still Faking And Baking

24 Oct

mountain 5

Wales is in hard lockdown again, like we were in March, we’re going to be more or less housebound for the next two weeks. So plenty of time to fill up. Today I did another session with the Cheese and Wine Painting Club over on Facebook, learning how to copy a painting, this week we did a Bob Ross. I love old Bob. I can’t say I’m that keen on his work, but he had great technical skill and he was a wonderful broadcaster. I could watch him all day. I haven’t finished yet – the trees on the right look a bit post-apocalyptic and need some foliage. I also need to put in a few happy little bushes and some more reflections. Maybe another hour or so.

As well as faking, I also did some baking – an upside down mango elderflower drizzle cake – mixing up my genres there. Tasted very nice though, especially warm with cream. Next week’s painting session, hosted by the very talented and entertaining Ed Sumner, is Monet’s “The Magpie”.

mango and elderflower

 

 

 

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 and to see the complete image.

In this one, I combined snippets of a bird and discarded plastic with the image of a bug, part of the Museum’s fascinating vintage collection.

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

 

Life Drawing, Cheese And Cats Protection

1 Oct

Tonya 10m

Just back from life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop. It’s an intense 3 hours and it’s late now so I’ll post the rest tomorrow.

And this came earlier – a lovely delivery from The Welsh Cheese Company … they use sheeps wool for packaging and our local Cats Protection recycle it for insulation for the feral cat shelters they make from old wooden pallets.

 

 

 

 

 

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 and to see the complete image.

In this one, I combined snippets of a bird and discarded plastic with the image of a bug, part of the Museum’s fascinating vintage collection.

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

Let’s Get Ready To Crumble!

11 Sep

Apple raspberry 2

Had a very domestic day today, first babysitting a family toddler – a small, cute, adorable maniac. Then I made an allotment crumble with Bramley apples, raspberries and wild strawberries.

Apple raspberry 1

It didn’t last long – when it comes to crumble, Husb takes no prisoners!

 

 

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 combine some of the images with snippets of text of things my Nana used to say. She used to take me to Swansea Museum a lot when I was little 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.

Fake And Bake

28 Aug

flowers 5

Had another lunchtime session with The Cheese And Wine Painting Club over on Faceboo. It’s all painting and no cheese and wine, honestly. Today we tried out copying a landscape with flowers using big brushes, palette knives and an old debit card. Picked up some good tips.

After faking it, I baked gluten free lemon, elderflower and almond biscuits for some younger relatives who need to eat gluten-free. They can have them over the Bank Holiday when we go on a family outing – masked and distanced of course.

 

Gluten free elderflower biscuits

 

 

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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