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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 paitning 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.

Double Faking

11 Oct

cliffs still life combo

I spent some time faking today, doing more work on the fake Monet I started on Friday and the fake Cezanne from the previous Friday. I’m a bit behind, never mind. I’m following the Cheese and Wine painting Club on Facebook, painting a weekly fake as one of my lockdown challenges, to improve my painting skills. I’m learning loads, including patience! Most of the painters I’ve been studying build their painting up in layers, many layers, painstakingly. Even those that look dashed off are not. Maybe a couple more hours needed on these – I’ll work on them tomorrow. I’m using Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paint onto prepared canvases from Wilkinsons.

 

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.

 

Faking Friday and Pizza Pie

9 Oct

Cliffs 6

The weeks fly by! It’s Faking Friday with the Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook again. This is my 19th fake, but the club has been running longer, started by the artist Ed Sumner to give people something to do during lockdown.  Ed asks for contributions from those that can afford to chip something in and so he can keep the sessions free for those who can’t, which is lovely.

Today we copied a Monet, “Cliffs At Etretat”. As usual, I learnt a lot and the way I handle paint is improving all the time. I need to spend another hour or two on this over the weekend, adding more layers of delicate colours in dots and dashes, like Monet would have.

 

 

 

 

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 Underlying Barbie-ness

5 Oct

cezanne still life 6

I started this fake Cézanne last Friday at the lunchtime Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook. It’s my 17th fake – one of the lockdown challenges I set myself was to improve my painting skills and I love studying the work of other artists.

I began with a pink background, which was a bit of a shock at first but was soon muted by layers of colour which took on the intense warmth of the underlying Barbie-ness. Another couple of hours should see it finished. I’m using Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paint onto a primed canvas from Wilkinsons. This particular canvas was recycled with a layer of gesso after I rejected the previous week’s fake 😀

Next up at the Cheese and Wine Painting Club is Monet’s “Cliffs At Etretat”. Come and join in, it’s fun and you get to learn a lot. Suitable for beginners and children.

 

 

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.

A Faking Failure

30 Sep

goodwin 4

I’ve been faking paintings for about 4 months now, one of my lockdown challenges is to improve my painting skills. This last one (number 17) defeated me. Some of the others have been tough but this one, the original is by William Goodwin, is the first I’ve thought was a complete failure.  I just couldn’t take to it at all. So, waste not, want not – I painted the whole thing out with gesso and I’ll start another one with the Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook on Friday. This week is a Cezanne still life. Looking forward to it.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Finally Finished Mockney

28 Sep

mockney fields final

This has taken me ages to finish. It’s a copy of a painting by David Hockney – someone on Facebook, I forget who, called it my Mockney. One of my lockdown challenges has been to improve my painting skills so I joined the Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook and learn by copying a work by a famous artist every Friday lunchtime. The original has so many layers of paint, put on in loads of dots and dashes and that’s why it has taken me so long. I’ve really enjoyed it though, I’ve been completely in the zone with it. I think it’s the 16th I’ve done so far.

 

 

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.

In this one, I combined the image of the bird with snippets of text of things my Nana used to say. She used to take me to Swansea Museum a lot when I was small and I could hear her voice in the back of my head as I was sitting and drawing the birds and bugs.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

 

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