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Done At Last….

16 May
Painting Finished!

Finally finished copying Edouard Manet’s “A Bar At The Folies Bergere“, it was hard but I learned loads about painting from one of the great painters. Of course, now I’ve decided that it’s done, I can see a lot of things that I could improve, but I have to call a halt to it sometime. The portrait was the easy bit as I’m used to figures – decades of life drawing pays off.

The Portrait Was The Easy Bit.

The really hard bits were the still-lifes – the bottles and glassware – and the interior scenes which are very atmospheric and completely out of my comfort zone. I started this back last Summer when I was following Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Paint Club on Facebook. Ed began the Club at the beginning of lockdown in 2020 to give people a chance to meet up every week and do a painting and he’s still keeping it going, every Friday lunchtime. Drop by and have a look 😀

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.

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

A Hassle Of Bottles

15 May
Finished this group of bottles ….

I’ve finished the group of bottles on the left hand side of my copy of Edouard Manet’s painting “A Bar At The Folies Bergere”. There’s another group on the right of the picture to complete, but with fewer bottles and they’re mostly done, just some detailing to do. I feel like I’m getting near the end now. This is the first time I’ve tried painting a still-life and I’ve learned a lot, like, I shouldn’t faff so much. I was busting a gut to get lots of details in, but when I really look at Manet’s work, it’s quite rough. Because that’s what Impressionism was about, impressions, not details.

The bottles on the left.

Collective Noun?

There’s a bit of work to do around the bottom of the bottles, where they meet the marble counter, reflections, shadows and so on, but that’s it for this little lot. By the way, I found out that there isn’t a collective noun for bottles, I was looking for one for the title. So I thought, why not a Hassle of Bottles as it’s been a right hassle painting this lot 😀

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.

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

One Bottle At A Time.

13 May
Painting The Pink One.

I’m still copying the painting by Manet and it’s a right slog, I can tell you. It’s mostly done, just the finer details to do, so today I decided to tackle it a bottle at a time – there are a lot of bottles – and worked on the pink wine bottle. It’s nearly finished, just a bit of tidying up and then it’s onto the Bass Brewery beer next to it. An early example of product placement according to this link here.

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.

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

Another Day, Another Segment

11 May
Tidying Up The Oranges.

I moved onto another bit of Manet’s “A Bar At The Folies Bergere” painting that I’m copying today, upside down because it’s easier. The oranges are almost finished, the glassware is shaping up and I’ve laid down a base coat for the bottle. Still-life painting is new to me and much more complex than I ever realised. I started copying great artworks early in lockdown 2020, with Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook. He started it to give people something to do during the pandemic – none of us realised that we’d be in some sort of lockdown for 18 months back then. I really like doing it, I’ve learnt so much about technique.

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.

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

Details And Fiddly Bits.

10 May
Painting Champagne Bottles.

I’m still copying Manet’s painting, A Bar At The Folies Bergere” and still working with the picture upside down. It’s certainly easier than painting it right way up, but it’s so complicated and it’s taking ages. It’s not just a portrait, it’s also a series of little still life groupings and these are the things I’m having problems with. I’m not used to paintings still lifes and it’s hard going. But I’m learning tons.

The Work In Progress.

Here’s where I am now, it’s mostly done but I have got to get stuck in to all the details, all the fiddly bits…. It really makes me appreciate what a talented painter Edouard Manet was.

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.

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

More Upside Down Shenanigans

6 May

Slow Progress On This Still Life Section.

I carried on copying Manet’s “Bar At The Folies Bergere” today, working on a still life section of the painting. I’ve kept to the upside down technique as I’m finding it easier to copy when what I’m seeing is shapes and colours, rather than ‘things’. There’s a fair bit more work to do on these few objects though – painting glass is REALLY hard! And after these, there’s all the champagne bottles to do in the original.

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.

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

Too Polished.

4 May
A Segment Of Manet’s Background.

I carried on painting another segment of Edouard Manet’s “A Bar At The Folies Bergere” this evening after work. I didn’t do much because I’ve been so tired since I went down with Covid19 back in March, but I’m getting better bit by bit. Now that I’m studying Manet’s painting upside down, the roughness and spontaneity of his brushstrokes is obvious. Which it should be, as he was one of the leading Impressionist artists. When it’s the right way up, I’ve been falling into the trap of being too polished. It’s much less stressful to do it from this angle.

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.

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

Doing It Upside Down

3 May

Copying Manet’s Famous Painting.

I started this painting ages ago, back last year, when we were in lockdown and I was painting weekly with Ed Sumner’s “Cheese and Wine Painting Club” on Facebook. It’s a famous work, “The Bar At The Folies Bergere” by the Impressionist painter Edouard Manet. I’ve been putting off finishing it, partly because of life, work and Covid19 but also because I was stuck on the finer details, especially the model’s face. So today I told myself to get on with it and took a new approach. I turned it upside down. And it worked!!!! So much easier. I’ll do the rest of it upside down now.

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.

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

Checking My Tones

9 Jun

I’ve spent the past couple of hours on the second part of Ed Sumner’s Zoom tutorial, painting Edouard Manet’s “Bar At The Folies Bergere”. Ed suggested using the wonders of modern technology to take a digital photo in black and white to check the tones of our paintings and compare with the original (he provided a black and white copy as well as a full colour one for the tutorial). It’s a really good idea. I’ve nearly finished – just another couple of hours of faffing …… Anyway, it’s late, I’m tired. Nos Da. Good Night xxx

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.

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

Pushing Me Hard

8 Jun

I did some more work on my copy of Impressionist artist Edouard Manet’s “Bar at the Folies Bergere” today, getting the figure blocked in and making some adjustments to the size and shape of the bottles in the foreground. At the moment there’s very little colour in it, black, white and warm greys, but there will be some sizzling oranges, pinks and golds to come. I’m doing this in one of Ed Sumner’s painting tutorials – a two-parter on consecutive Wednesdays. It’s very demanding and it’s really pushing me, but I’m loving 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.

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

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