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Nature’s Opportunists

5 Jan

They get everywhere, seagulls. Here they are hanging out on chimneys in the Waun Wen area of the city. There are no gulls officially called seagulls, and the ones that gang up on people around the city are usually herring gulls. These ones weren’t doing much, but come bin collection day, they’ll be ripping open bin bags and scattering rubbish everywhere. They’re one of nature’s opportunists.

The sketch has been done as part of the Home and Hinterland arts project sponsored by Swansea University’s Taliesin Arts Centre.

scourge the seagull

Here’s one I drew a few years back, it’s stuffed, part of Swansea Museum’s Taxidermy collection. It was much easier to draw – it didn’t move!

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.

Four Seagull On Four Rooftops

15 Dec

Walking around Waun Wen on Sunday, stopping and scribbling, I noticed these four seagulls on four rooftops in a row, stepping steeply down the hilly street of Rockland Terrace.

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.

The Fat Seagull

23 Nov

I’ve been going out sketching silently for the past 4 Sundays, around the Waun Wen area of Swansea. Just little quiet scribbles, carrying my sketchbook through the streets, working en plein air. I like looking up, as many people don’t and they miss so much. I’m noticing so many details I hadn’t before. On the right I was taken by the dynamic lines of the house extensions zig-zagging up into the air. On the left, a fat seagull perched its ampleness on a little tower thing. I sketched it a few times because it kept moving – birds are very fidgety – I don’t know if they sense they’re being drawn.

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.

In The Dog House

5 Nov

Sparta Puss is in the dog house. She ran in yesterday evening with a live rat. And let it loose in the house. Not big and not funny. Husb dealt with it. If I didn’t have Husb, I’d have to get a Jack Russell because Sparta Puss does this often. She’s curfewed from evening to morning and has been for years and that cut down the rat incidents a lot but she still manages to get the occasional one that ventures out when it’s still light. The little paintings above are part of a very large painting I did earlier this year from screen shots of our family Zoom quizzes throughout the pandemic lockdown. The animals, Smudge, Sparta Puss and Daisy, liked to sit in as well.

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

FINISHED!!!!!!

14 Jun

Finished faffing and faking Franz Marc’s “The Yellow Cow”. It’s very richly coloured with lots of layers of glazes built up on top of each other, lots of blending too. Took a while but I really enjoyed it. I started it with Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook last week. Here are the stages I went through. I used Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paint onto a stretched canvas (50 x 40 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 and 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.

Carrying On With The Yellow Cow

13 Jun

I’ve been carrying on faking the Franz Marc painting of a yellow cow I started last week. The composition is fairly simple and although the colours look simple as well, they’re actually quite complex with lots of overlays and blending. That’s what’s taking the time. I’m hoping to finish it tomorrow. I started this with Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook. It’s been running weekly since the pandemic lockdown began in March 2020 and it’s lovely.

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.

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

Finally Finished Faking Frida

11 Apr

I finally finished faking Frida! I started this weeks ago on a Zoom tutorial with Ed Sumner of the Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook. The original is a modern painting by an artist called Nettsch. I need more practice with foliage and birds, they were much harder than the figure. It’s painted in Liquitex acrylic onto stretched canvas.

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.

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

The Making Of A Pandemic Painting

22 Mar

Here’s a short video, under 5 minutes, showing how I made this family Zoom painting, “18 people, 2 Dogs and a Cat”, from floundering at the beginning of lockdown in March 2020, through 9 months of faking famous paintings, to my first large scale original painting reflecting our family’s response to the pandemic. It’s subtitled as well. I hope you like it 😀

 

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.

Parrots And Plants!

9 Mar

It’s been my lockdown challenge to improve my painting skills which is why I joined Ed Sumner’s Cheese And Wine Painting Club almost a year ago. It’s working, I’m so much more confident with paint now, but strangely I’ve hardly done any printmaking during the same period. I do the weekly open sessions on Friday lunchtimes, but now and again I sign up for a Zoom tutorial, which is a small group of about 8 people and intensive tuition from Ed. That’s how I came to be painting this last night, Ed’s choice for a special class on International Women’s Day. I’m reasonably okay with portraiture but these parrots and plants are doing my head in!

 

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.

Good Night From Frida And Her Parrots

8 Mar

I’ve just finished a painting lesson on Zoom, with painter Ed Sumner of the Cheese and Wine Painting Club. Our subject was Frida Kahlo in honour of today being International Women’s Day 2021. There’s still a fair bit of work to do on this, but I think it’s getting there. The parrots are going to be a challenge though. Anyway, it’s getting late, I’m painted out and I’ll carry on with this tomorrow. Nos da, good night.

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