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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.

 

The Masked Model

23 Oct

Tonya 10 min

This is the 10 minute pose I did at last night’s life drawing session at Swansea Print Workshop. Our masked model is fabulous, such a great personality and that shows in her poses – mind you, all our models have loads of personality. Life models are the unsung heroes of the art world. I used black, white and sanguine conté crayon onto black paper, size A2.

 

 

 

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.

 

Just Back From Life Drawing

22 Oct

Tonya 5 min 1

Just got back from life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop, working with a fabulous model with a funky mask and great poses. This is a five minute one in conté crayon – white, sanguine and black – onto black paper. I’m off to bed now, after my nice cuppa. Nos da. Good night 😀

Prepping Paper

21 Oct

walnut 2

I’ve got some large rolls of Fabriano Accademica paper hanging around so I thought I’d stretch some of it on the wall, seal it with acrylic gesso and then colour it with some of my home-made walnut ink. And why not?

I’ll cut it up and use it for life drawing. I’ve been taking black paper to the life drawing group and I’m liking the results of working onto a dark background. The walnut ink isn’t just dark, it will also provide a load of texture to work on top of.

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.

 

The Finishing Touch: 2

20 Oct

Cezanne still life final

I’ve had this fake Cezanne on my easel for nearly a fortnight now. It was almost finished but it took me a while to get around to doing the final touches as I wasn’t quite sure what still needed to be done and when to call a halt. It helped to have a break, without looking at it. In the end, it didn’t need much more, some highlights and lowlights and tidying up the lines around everything.

I photographed the stages of the painting (above) from the first squirt of bright pink to set a hot background (on a recycled canvas), through filling in the main shapes, adding the background and foreground and eventually touching in the fine details.

Cezanne still life final detail

Here’s a close up of a detail. Cezanne characteristically applied the paint quite roughly and put outlines around the forms. I’ve been practicing painting with the Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook, which has just switched to Saturday lunchtimes, from Fridays. It’s led by Ed Sumner who takes us through the techniques of the artist we’re studing over an hour and a half. Please follow the link above for more information.

 

 

 

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.

 

The Finishing Touch: 1

19 Oct

monet cliffs final

I’ve had this fake Monet on my easel for over a week now. It was nearly finished but I couldn’t get around to doing the final touches until today. I wasn’t quite sure what still needed to be done – it’s easy to keep on and on working on something, especially a painting or drawing, and hard to know when to call time. When I came back to it this afternoon I decided that really all it needed was to knock the intensity of the colour back a bit by covering most of it with a very thin wash of white paint and water. The version on the left below was how I left it, the version on the right is how I finished it today.

The difference is very slight and in some ways I prefer the one on the left, but the purpose of the exercise was to try and make it reasonably accurate and the original painting has paler, more pastel colours, it’s not particularly bright. Here’s a detail, below, which gves a better view of the slightly chalky surface after I put on the white wash earlier.

monet cliffs final detail

Here’s a slide show of the different stages of the painting, from the first coat of pale pink paint to today’s finished version.

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I’ve been practicing painting with the Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook, which has just switched to Saturday lunchtimes, from Fridays. It’s led by Ed Sumner who takes us through the techniques of the artist we’re studing over an hour and a half. Please follow the link above for more information.

 

 

 

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.

The Last Pose Step By Step

17 Oct

Chrissy 60 mins 5

Here’s the final pose I did at this week’s life drawing session at Swansea Print Workshop. It was about 50 minutes long and I was able to get into quite a bit of detail. I started with some squiggles in white conté crayon onto black paper, to map out the basic figure. Then I put flesh on the bones, so to speak, with sanguine conté crayon, building up the midtones and highlights. Finally, I went in with a black conté to do some refined line work.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Two Shorts And A Medium

16 Oct

Chrissy 20 mins

Some more drawings from last night’s life drawing group at Swansea Print Workshop. Above is a 20 minute pose, I like it very much, it’s a bit Renaissanc-ey. Below, two start-up poses, five minutes each. These quick ones train your eye to analyse and draw the essentials, not the detail. Good practice. Drawn onto black paper with conté crayons in white, sanguine and black.

Chrissy 5 mins

 

 

Just Back From Life Drawing

15 Oct

Chrissy 10 mins

Just back from life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop this evening, working with a terrific model, a strong woman with confidence and attitude. Here’s a 10 minute and a 30 minute pose using conté crayons onto black paper. Really tired now though – 3 hours after a day working. Nos da. Good night.

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