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Faking The Blue Robe

17 Nov

I did a session with Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club last week, the first in a while. We’re faking The Blue Robe by Henri Matisse and I’m really enjoying it. I’ve always loved his work, I love the free way he puts the paint onto the canvas. It’s good for me because I’m a pretty uptight artist, I get bogged down in process and detail and it’s good to let go. I’ve got maybe another hour to spend on it.

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“, every evening until 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

Just Back From Life Drawing

11 Nov

Just back from life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop and I’m tired, so off to bed soon. Here are the first two poses, both 5 minutes to get us all warmed up.

Good night, nos da xxx

30 Minutes Of Foreshortening Hell

15 Oct

I’m always up for a recliner at life drawing, even though I often get some wicked foreshortening to draw. And last night’s session at Swansea Print Workshop handed me this one! Not only foreshortening but also an upside down head as well. And an awkward hand. Ah well, it’s good practice.

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 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.

Selling out, but in a good way

2 Sep

This painting, is “Charing Cross Bridge” by the 20th century Fauvist artist Andre Derain. It is part of my fundraiser for LATCH, The Children’s Cancer Charity. I love the colours and the liveliness of this painting. It was a joy to do but as with most paintings by the greats it was surprisingly complex.

Since the COVID19 lockdown began over a year ago, I have been painting every week with Ed Sumner’s live tutorials on the Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook. I have been asked many times if I would be willing to sell them. The idea is attractive but I don’t want to make money from copies. But as the lockdown has run on and on, I now have almost 50 copies of masterpieces and I’ve decided to sell some of them to raise money for charity.

I am selling this and nine other paintings with all the money going to a charity which does very important work to improve the lives of children suffering from cancer.

To see the rest of the paintings and how to buy them please click on this link or the picture. In the video below you can see me painting the whole thing in a mercifully speeded up all-action version of real life events. Of course my cat Sparta had to “help out” as well.

LATCH, The Children’s Cancer Charity, Painting Fundraiser

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If you would like to see the paintings and maybe buy one, please click on the boats picture to visit the page.



Working Upside Down

9 Feb

My Family Zoom painting is nearly finished but I was getting a bit stuck with the final touches so I turned it upside down, and the source photos too. Sometimes, when you’ve been working on an artwork for a while, you get to a point where you can’t see the wood for the trees and that’s where I was. Leonardo da Vinci recommends looking at the canvas in a mirror to see it afresh. Taking a digital photo can help as well. By working upside down, I was able to ignore my familiarity with the subjects and focus on the colours and shapes in front of me and their relationship to each other. I find it’s a really good technique for getting accuracy.

 

 

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.

Baking And Sketching

10 Aug

8 Cwmdonkin

Another evening walk, another sketch in Cwmdonkin Park. There are plenty of trees so I’m in no danger of running out of subjects any time soon. There are lots more people in the park now that lockdown is easing.

 

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Earlier, I made bread. And pizza, but that got eaten before I could take a photo.

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Henry Ossawa Tanner. Part 1

23 Jun

This is a very interesting read about an artist I had never heard of – you never stop learning …

 

via Henry Ossawa Tanner. Part 1

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Dogs: our faithful companions since the paleolithic

29 Apr

A gorgeous blog about dogs with drawings from Patti McKenna Jones

 

via Dogs: our faithful companions since the paleolithic

Another queue another sketch….

12 Apr

Another quick little sketch in a queue…..

Tescos queue

 

 

 

 

Woodcut in the bog

11 Mar

This is a great visual blog from artist Patti McKenna Jones

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One of the ‘bloody women’ I’m paying tribute to in the upcoming exhibition at Cinema & Co Swansea is Andrea Levy. I was impressed and depressed by her novel ‘Small Island’ (about the unbelievable levels of discrimination meted out to the Windrush despite them being invited to live in the UK after WW2) when I read it 10 years ago. She admitted to developing a flinty bloody- mindedness in order to get published in her final interview -released on R4 recently & really worth a listen. Here is the woodcut of her beautiful face in progress but you’ll have to pop into the toilet in C&Co to see the finished print….

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