Nature’s Opportunists

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 openContinue reading “Nature’s Opportunists”

Four Seagull On Four Rooftops

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 SwanseaContinue reading “Four Seagull On Four Rooftops”

The Fat Seagull

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 theContinue reading “The Fat Seagull”

In The Dog House

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 toContinue reading “In The Dog House”


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 areContinue reading “FINISHED!!!!!!”

Carrying On With The Yellow Cow

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 withContinue reading “Carrying On With The Yellow Cow”

Finally Finished Faking Frida

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 inContinue reading “Finally Finished Faking Frida”

The Making Of A Pandemic Painting

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 subtitledContinue reading “The Making Of A Pandemic Painting”

Parrots And Plants!

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 FridayContinue reading “Parrots And Plants!”

Good Night From Frida And Her Parrots

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 toContinue reading “Good Night From Frida And Her Parrots”