Just Back …..

Just back from life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop. It’s late and I’m off to bed soon. Here’s a 10 minute pose from our brilliant model. I drew with sanguine and black conte crayons onto vintage paper. Nos Da, Good Night

From Sketch To Drawing

I have sketchbooks stuffed full of drawings stuffed into cupboards but I rarely work from them, once they’re done they tend to be forgotten. So I’ve decided to go back to them and try and develop something using different materials. This is a recent sketch in ballpoint pen done in a local quarry. It’s linearContinue reading “From Sketch To Drawing”

Finally Finished Vincent’s Bedroom

I finally finished faffing with van Gogh’s painting of his bedroom in Arles. I started it a few weeks ago on one of painter Ed Sumner’s Zoom tutorials. It’s a lot more complex than it looks. Vincent’s brushwork is multi-layered and his composition, although it looks simple, has some difficult distorted perspective. Of course IContinue reading “Finally Finished Vincent’s Bedroom”

Copper Crucibles Part 2: The Raku Firing

I went along to a raku firing this evening, headed up by local ceramicist Esther Ley at the National Waterfront Museum. I’d made some little clay crucibles a while back – part of the Swansea University Copperworks Project – and today was the decorating and firing session. They had already been fired once, the bisqueContinue reading “Copper Crucibles Part 2: The Raku Firing”

Little World In The Woods

I’ve been on holiday, visiting relatives in the North of England, a lovely break from the pandemic routine and the first time I’ve seen my family in about 18 months – too long but there we go. My littlest relative took me to see his special place in the local woods. He calls it GarlicvilleContinue reading “Little World In The Woods”

Nearly Finished The Sky

I did a bit more work on the sky painting I started yesterday at Ed Sumner’s online “Cheese and Wine Painting Club“. I think I’ll have to do a bit more faffing; a couple of the smaller clouds are too dark and there’s more to be done on the reflections of the clouds in theContinue reading “Nearly Finished The Sky”

Halfway Through The Sky

I’m about half way through this cloud painting that I started in the Cheese and Wine Painting Club over on Facebook earlier today. Ed Sumner usually chooses a painting by an established historical artist but this week chose to work from a photograph to give us some intense training in painting clouds. I really likeContinue reading “Halfway Through The Sky”

The One Full Hour

We have a tea break half way through the 3 hour life drawing session at Swansea Print Workshop. Before the break we do a series of short poses but then in the second half we have just one full-hour pose. I have mixed feelings about these. There’s a lot to be said for having someContinue reading “The One Full Hour”

Wicked Foreshortening

Here’s a reclining pose from last week’s life drawing session at Swansea Print Workshop. It’s got wicked foreshortening, which I love but I think it’s really hard to draw. I used white, sanguine and black conte crayons onto a lovely soft, textured vintage black paper. It was given to me by a friend from theContinue reading “Wicked Foreshortening”

Faffing With Vincent

I’m still faffing with this copy of Vincent van Gogh’s “Bedroom In Arles”, it’s a lot more complex than it looks at first, as are all his paintings. Although the composition is relatively simple, the complexity is in the layers and layers of paint piled thickly onto the surface of the canvas. I love itContinue reading “Faffing With Vincent”