Making An Example…Or Three

As well as making my own art, I also teach in adult education, with a national charity. Today was a ceramics class and I spent a bit of time doing some demonstration pieces, using our range of underglaze colours onto a buff earthenware. I want people to be able to see the colours after they’veContinue reading “Making An Example…Or Three”

A Ripping Time

I’ve been working on a couple of collages as part of some adult teaching work that I was recently commissioned to do. This is the first stage of Collage 1, laying down a background of blacks and greys. I’m using a National Geographic magazine as the source material, ripped into small pieces. Mostly I’m lookingContinue reading “A Ripping Time”

Art In A War Zone

Swansea Print Workshop is hosting an important new digital exhibition of extraordinary drawings and illustrations by artists under siege in The Ukraine. Below from left to right: Daria Filipova “24 02”: Grasya Oliyko “HOME”: Mari Kinovych “REFUGEE”: Illia Uhnivenko “NEW CHILDHOOD”. The PICTORIC group of artists reached out to international friends and colleagues asking forContinue reading “Art In A War Zone”

The world at your feet

Chilling in the cold around Waun Wen yesterday, making graphite rubbings of the textures in the area. It’s a different way of experiencing a place. It makes you notice things you may not have seen before. The rubbings were done with Koh-i-noor Graphite Jumbo Blocks, 6B, onto Ho-Sho paper. Part of the Home and HinterlandContinue reading “The world at your feet”

Faking The Blue Robe

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’mContinue reading “Faking The Blue Robe”

30 Minutes Of Foreshortening Hell

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 OwnContinue reading “30 Minutes Of Foreshortening Hell”

Selling out, but in a good way

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. SinceContinue reading “Selling out, but in a good way”

Working Upside Down

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 andContinue reading “Working Upside Down”