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Willow And Khadi

30 May

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Husb and I went to our allotment to water the plants this evening, it’s been boiling hot and we don’t want to lose any. As we left and walked past the castle (Oystermouth) I had a quick scribble with willow charcoal into a Khadi sketchbook.

Making A Mark In The Park

29 May

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I was browsing through some of my completed sketchbooks this evening, I don’t know how many I have, I’ve not counted them all. This sketch caught my eye because I hardly ever do landscapes. This one is particularly rich in textures so I was able to let rip with mark-making. I don’t know why I didn’t carry on with this sort of thing for a while – maybe I’ll take a walk to Rosehill Quarry Community Park on my daily exercise again, with a sketchbook. There’s a Facebook group about Rosehill Quarry that’s worth a visit – here.

Finished The Cat

28 May

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Finished the cat picture. It’s gone into my window. I live in a very diverse area and one of my neighbouring houses is a care in the community home for adults with mental health issues. We stop and chat often and they have been really chuffed with the art that Husb and I have been putting into the window, mostly temporarily, so we decided to do some permanent pieces, related in some way to The Pandemic. Husb is still working on his. These long thin Winsor & Newton canvas panels are a good fit for our front windows and they can be seen from the street.

 

Knowing when to finish is always an issue with any artwork, I think. I don’t particularly like paintings that are very polished, I like to see something of the process that’s gone into the work; the bits where the paint has been scuffed onto the canvas; the white bits showing through; the brushstrokes that dragged; the drips. I enjoyed playing with the interactions between opaque and translucent paint (Liquitex heavy body acrylics), layering randomly and using up the dregs off the pallette. I also like to leave something for the viewer to fill in or interpret or get absorbed in. It’s a two-way thing.

I showed Sparta Puss. She was not impressed.

Stay Safe In Comic Sans

27 May

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I carried on with my Pop-inspired painting of Sparta Puss today. I put the caption into her thought bubble – Stay safe – in a reasonable attempt at Comic Sans, although it could be a bit tidier. I love Comic Sans and I don’t care! I’m putting a rainbow border around the thought bubble, to honour our keyworkers. The bit at the bottom is developing randomly. I’m quite frugal – some would say stingy – and I don’t like to waste paint so I’m scrubbing leftovers onto the bottom of the canvas then painting paisley patterns over it. I like it.

I’m using Liquitex heavy body acrylic paint onto a Winsor & Newton canvas. I’m working from a digital drawing I did of Sparta Puss on my Galaxy Note 8 tablet with a free Markers app.

A Thing About Rumtopfs

25 May

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I had a quick scribble when I was watching Grayson Perry’s Art Club on Channel 4 this evening. I love the programme, he makes art so much fun. I scribbled a few things on the small table in the window. I have two Rumtopfs – I’ve got a bit of a thing about Rumtopfs. Husb and I made the recipe a few times in the past, but as we don’t drink alcohol, we ended up giving all the fruit and booze away, so now we tend to make our allotment fruit into jam and cordial (alcohol-free). But the pots themselves are gorgeous things and I like having them around.

The Swansea Scream

24 May

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I’ve finished my fake painting of “The Scream” by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch. He made several versions of the same topic, in paint, pastel and lithography, and I copied this little-known one that he painted after a visit to Swansea in 1893. There was a large Norwegian presence in South Wales at the time with Norwegian churches on the docksides of Swansea and Cardiff. The famous author Roald Dahl is one of the Norwegian Welsh and there were many Norwegians living, working and settling in the two Welsh ports. Although most of Munch’s versions were based on a fjord overlooking Oslo, this one clearly shows the distinctive coastline of Mumbles in the background, as it would have been viewed from the Swansea promenade.

You can see the stages of the painting below.

 

I made up the bit about Swansea, by the way 😀

Come and join in with the Cheese and Wine Painting Club , led by artist Ed Sumner, on Fridays at 12 noon to paint a masterpiece. It’s free or a donation for those who are able to afford one. It’s great fun too.

Cat’s Eyes

23 May

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I did a bit more work on my Pop painting of Sparta Puss this afternoon, on the speech bubble, her coloured bits and her eyes, which are a lovely green. I started filling in the background with left over paint – waste not want not – but I haven’t decided what to put in it yet.

 

 

Another Faking Friday

22 May

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Another Friday Facebook Cheese and Wine Painting Club session on t’Internet, this time copying The Scream by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch. I got as far as this in one and a half hours, a couple of hours over the weekend should finish it off.

 

Check out next Friday’s painting session here

From The Supermarket Queue

21 May

At Lidl

Had a quick scribble earlier in a queue at Lidl. From the carpark I could see steel council houses in the foreground, the garden city style council estate in the middle ground and on the hill in the background, the towers of the local psychiatric hospital. I used a ballpoint pen into my A6 leatherbound sketchbook.

Carrying On With The Cat

20 May

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I carried on with my painting of Sparta Puss today, getting a bit more detail done and I put in a speech bubble. I’ve decided to go all Pop Art on her. It’s fun, like colouring in. I’m using Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paint onto a Winsor & Newton canvas. Getting there…..

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