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The Finished Bottom…

23 May
This bit’s done …

Almost finished copying Dali’s painting “Christ Of Saint John Of The Cross“. Today I did the final details on the bottom half of the picture, the sea and sky, the distant mountains and the foreground figures. I’m using Liquitex Heavy Body acrylics onto a stretched canvas with Winsor & Newton brushes for acrylics. It’s much smaller than the original, 50 x 40 cms instead of 205 x 116 cm, about quarter size. I started this in a tutorial from the painter Ed Sumner, who runs the weekly Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook, it helped keep me calm during the pandemic.

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.

21 May
Painting The Figure.

I carried on painting my copy of Salvador Dali’s “Christ Of Saint John Of The Cross“. I started it last October in Ed Sumner’s ‘Cheese and Wine Painting Club‘ on Facebook. I’ve seen the original in Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Museum – it’s HUGE! I’m loving doing the figure because it’s right in my comfort zone, decades of life drawing practice paying off. But the bottom half, the sky and sea, is a different story – but more of that tomorrow.

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.

Knocking Back The Orange.

18 May
Jesus Almost Finished.

Here’s another masterpiece I started copying last year, October, in one of painter Ed Sumner’s tutorials, Surrealist Salvador Dali’s “Christ Of Saint John Of The Cross”.  I started studying weekly with Ed at the beginning of lockdown in 2020. I didn’t think that the pandemic would last so long, but it’s meant that I’ve learned such a lot about painting techniques and also art history, by studying from the great artists over the past couple of years. There’s a bit more faffing to do on the small figures at the bottom, then back to the figure on the cross, to knock back that orange tan and paint the final details.

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.

Done At Last….

16 May
Painting Finished!

Finally finished copying Edouard Manet’s “A Bar At The Folies Bergere“, it was hard but I learned loads about painting from one of the great painters. Of course, now I’ve decided that it’s done, I can see a lot of things that I could improve, but I have to call a halt to it sometime. The portrait was the easy bit as I’m used to figures – decades of life drawing pays off.

The Portrait Was The Easy Bit.

The really hard bits were the still-lifes – the bottles and glassware – and the interior scenes which are very atmospheric and completely out of my comfort zone. I started this back last Summer when I was following Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Paint Club on Facebook. Ed began the Club at the beginning of lockdown in 2020 to give people a chance to meet up every week and do a painting and he’s still keeping it going, every Friday lunchtime. Drop by and have a look 😀

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.

Another Day, Another Segment

11 May
Tidying Up The Oranges.

I moved onto another bit of Manet’s “A Bar At The Folies Bergere” painting that I’m copying today, upside down because it’s easier. The oranges are almost finished, the glassware is shaping up and I’ve laid down a base coat for the bottle. Still-life painting is new to me and much more complex than I ever realised. I started copying great artworks early in lockdown 2020, with Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook. He started it to give people something to do during the pandemic – none of us realised that we’d be in some sort of lockdown for 18 months back then. I really like doing it, I’ve learnt so much about technique.

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.

Too Polished.

4 May
A Segment Of Manet’s Background.

I carried on painting another segment of Edouard Manet’s “A Bar At The Folies Bergere” this evening after work. I didn’t do much because I’ve been so tired since I went down with Covid19 back in March, but I’m getting better bit by bit. Now that I’m studying Manet’s painting upside down, the roughness and spontaneity of his brushstrokes is obvious. Which it should be, as he was one of the leading Impressionist artists. When it’s the right way up, I’ve been falling into the trap of being too polished. It’s much less stressful to do it from this angle.

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.

Doing It Upside Down

3 May

Copying Manet’s Famous Painting.

I started this painting ages ago, back last year, when we were in lockdown and I was painting weekly with Ed Sumner’s “Cheese and Wine Painting Club” on Facebook. It’s a famous work, “The Bar At The Folies Bergere” by the Impressionist painter Edouard Manet. I’ve been putting off finishing it, partly because of life, work and Covid19 but also because I was stuck on the finer details, especially the model’s face. So today I told myself to get on with it and took a new approach. I turned it upside down. And it worked!!!! So much easier. I’ll do the rest of it upside down now.

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.

Squiggles For Collage

4 Apr

I’ve been a bit lethargic because of the Covids and my brain is fuzzy so I’ve just been having a bit of a play with paints and paper, daubing squiggles of Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paint onto some really lovely scraps of Bockingford paper that I’m hoping to use at some time for collage. Taking it easy and seeing what might come of it.

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.

Teeny Tiny Ceramics

30 Mar
9 small ceramic crucibles.

Here are nine tiny little fired clay crucibles, decorated with oxides and glazes and fired in a portable Japanese raku kiln. I made them back last summer, during a bit of a break in the lockdown restrictions, when I took part in a pottery project headed up by ceramicist Esther Ley as part of Swansea University’s Copperopolis programme and the 9-to-90 Creative Community. There were dozens of people participating and hundreds of the little crucibles and they’ve been travelling around various exhibitions but now they’ve come home. I’ve no idea what to do with them though.

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.

Scraping And Scribbling

27 Mar
Scribbling on top of scrapings.

I’m feeling a bit better each day as the Covid19 symptoms are going and I’m getting a bit stronger, and today was the first since the illness started 10 days ago that I’ve been able to think about doing anything remotely arty.

Scraping leftover paint.

Whenever I do a painting, I scrape any leftover acrylic paint onto spare canvasses or heavy textured papers, to form a base, or ground, for further work. I’ve had this piece of A4 sized hand-made Khadi paper around so today I had a bit of a scribble on top with some Daler Rowney soft oil pastels.

I based this exercise on a few drawings I’d done en plein air of the view over Swansea from a hill in the Waun Wen area of the city. It’s isn’t an accurate representation, I’m just having a play with the materials and the shapes, seeing what I can do with them.

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.

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