Tag Archives: #Caturday

Getting Stuck In With A Brush (And A Cat)

16 Oct

Here’s the final, hour-long pose from life drawing the other night. I’m usually very tired by this point and I often find it hard to concentrate, so I switched from conte crayons to my home made walnut ink and a large-ish brush and got stuck in. It gave me a bit more energy and I really got into the brushwork, using an Isabey brush which is lovely to work with. I finished it off with a bit of conte crayon in sanguine to quickly add some background texture.

And as it’s Caturday, here’s a cat 😀

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 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.

Turner Was A Cheapskate (And He Loved Cats)

11 Sep

The artist JMW Turner was a cheapskate. It’s true. He often used cheap paints and sometimes they were so cheap that buyers returned the work months later because they had faded so much! He loved the juicy red called cochineal, made from South American beetles. But despite knowing that the colour just wouldn’t last, he carried on using it and we have no idea after a couple of centuries just how brilliantly coloured his original works were.

Turner was known for not caring about his finished work and left a lot of paintings in terrible conditions. He even ripped a tear in one painting to make a flap for his seven Manx cats.  He was such a passionate, spontaneous artist that he wanted the reddest red at the moment he was painting and didn’t think of anything else. 

I copied this painting by Turner “Storm At Sea” during one of Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club sessions on Facebook. He’s been running them since the start of the Covid19 lockdown back in March 2020. It’s built up of many textured layers of paint. His work is so complex, with so many things going on and I’ve learnt a lot by copying him. And I’ve used excellent paint, Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic, so it won’t fade LOL 😀

I’m selling it to raise money for LATCH The Children’s Cancer Charity, which is a wonderful organisation supporting very ill children and their families. Please click on the painting of the boats below to have a look at all the paintings I’m selling for LATCH xxx

LATCH, The Children’s Cancer Charity, Painting Fundraiser

I’ve been painting these ‘fakes’ with Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook since lockdown started in Spring 2020. I’m selling some of them to raise funds for this lovely charity which has given so much support to my young relative over the past few years.

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If you would like to see the paintings and maybe buy one, please click on the boats picture to visit the page. Thanks xxx

Sparta Puss And van Gogh’s Bedroom

21 Aug

I recently painted van Gogh’s Bedroom In Arles and here’s a one minute timelapse film of it. Sparta Puss “helped”. I painted it during a Zoom tutorial with the painter Ed Sumner who started the Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook at the start of lockdown in March 2020 to give people something to do. He’s still going strong. This copy is from the original from 1888 at Vincent’s home at 2, Place Lamartine in Arles, Bouches-du-Rhône, France, also known as the Yellow House. He had decorated it ready for Gaugin’s visit and painted three versions.

You can view this film on 4 different platforms if you want – Sparta Puss would love that 😀

Youtube:  https://youtu.be/jYFMZS5GgB8 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/CSwrPfADYgu/

Facebook Scribblah page:  https://www.facebook.com/Rosie-Scribblah-Printmaker-and-Scribbler-149442308432211

Facebook Scribblah Ink page:  https://www.facebook.com/scribblahink

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.

The Cat Looks Bonkers

6 Feb

I’m really cracking on with this big painting now. I hope that a couple more good spurts of activity should get it finished. I concentrated on getting some of the finer features in their place and doing a bit of work on the three animals. The cat looks bonkers. Nothing new there.

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.

Inspired by drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artefacts 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.

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

And The Cat “Helped”

21 Jan

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And the cat “helped”. I went back to the two head drawings I did over the past couple of days and did a bit more work into them with black gouache. These are random heads and I’m going to keep building with gouache, colour is next, and see where it takes me. I’ve always loved German Expressionism, that rather brutal style but I have always found it hard to work in that way. But this mix of gouache and charcoal is giving me a lot of simplicity and brutality in my drawing / painting and I’m loving it.

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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.

Inspired by drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artefacts 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.

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

Carrying On With The Cat On #Caturday

16 Jan

Sparty 7

I started this little canvas weeks ago, using up some leftover paints that I didn’t want to waste – they’re expensive. I sketched in a very rough shape of Sparta Puss on the chair and after a couple of layers using the paint as a thin wash, which I didn’t particularly like, I started adding the colours in blobs and dashes. Today I started to sketch in the details of her face, but there’s still a long way to go.

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.

Inspired by drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artefacts 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.

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

 

Sparta Puss And Scraps

1 Jan

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I’ve been gradually working on a small painting of Sparta Puss, using up scraps of leftover Liquitex acrylic paints scraped from my palette at the end of Ed Sumner’s weekly Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook. It’s based on a photograph of her curled up on a blanket crocheted many years ago by my late aunt. I’m not in any rush to finish, I’m learning a lot about painting every week and I’m letting this painting grow organically. Let’s see how it turns out.

 

 

 

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.

Inspired by drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artefacts 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.

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

 

 

Caturday’s Scribble

7 Nov

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Had a busy day today, doing some essential shopping for a relative and getting my one hour government sanctioned lockdown brisk walk and now I just want to slob out on the settee watching mindless telly with Sparta Puss at my side. But I didn’t do any art! So I grabbed a new sketchbook (Daler Rowney A4 95gsm acid free) and some conté crayons in black, white and sanguine and scribbled the cat, without having to move from the settee. Then I took a photo with the camera on my Smartphone (there’s magic) and uploaded it to my laptop (or is that downloaded), did a bit of cropping and resizing on Photoshop (ooh get me) and here she is. Simples.

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.

Inspired by drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artefacts 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.

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

 

Finding Ideas And The Hafod Tip

3 Nov

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Building the strata of the gigantic tip with collage papers

I love watching the late great Bob Ross on the TV. I don’t particularly like his paintings but I love to listen to him and his observations. One of the things he says a lot is that painting isn’t difficult, what’s hard is deciding what to paint, coming up with ideas. That’s so true.

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Two pieces of Fabriano Accademica 200gsm paper with my home made walnut ink dripped over them.

I’ve hit a creative block during the Covid19 pandemic and I’m trying out all sorts of things to lift it. But the issue isn’t really with skills or techniques as I do a lot of practice, it’s finding somthing to inspire me. My life would be a lot easier if I painted portraits or nice landscapes, there’s always a market for those, but they just don’t motivate me.

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I added a ripped piece of Fabriano Accademica that I had scribbled randomly with soft pastels

Earlier today, Husb and I were chatting about our childhoods. It was recently the anniversary of the Aberfan tragedy, but that wasn’t the only tip in Wales. Husb and I grew up on opposite sides of the Hafod tip in Swansea and after Aberfan the authorities removed it. It took many years and it was filthy. We breathed and ate that tip as we were growing up. It was very toxic and after it was flattened, they built a school on it. Who cares if working class kids go to school on top of toxic waste, eh?

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I added a couple of pieces of vintage W. H. Saunders paper that I had screenprinted with some small drawings from my sketch books – I didn;t like them so I scribbled over and over with chalks, charcoals and soft pastels.

Anyway, I remembered that it was the very first thing I ever painted. Someone had bought me some kids paints for my birthday, I guess I was about 8 or 9, and the Hafod tip loomed huge outside my bedroom window. So I painted it’s overwhelming darkness over and over again. Maybe I was an odd kid. So I went back to that imagery and started playing with pieces of paper from my plans chest – papers that over the years I have coloured with inks, pastels and leftover paints.

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And another strip of the dark squiggles over the bottom edge of the walnut paper

I have no idea where this is going, maybe nowhere, but maybe I need to explore my past a bit and see what happens. The good thing about using these collage papers is that once I’ve taken the photos, I can dismantle the whole thing and start again. Let’s see …..

 

 

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.

Inspired by drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artefacts 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.

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

Sparta Puss And The Magpie

2 Nov

Magpie final

Today I finished off the copy I made of Monet’s painting “The Magpie”, started with Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook. So many shades of white! I used Liquitex heavy body acrylic paints, Daler Rowney brushes for acrylics and a primed canvas from Wilkinsons. Oh, and a couple of palette knives. In fact, I mostly used the palette knives, which is something new for me.

Sparta Puss isn’t impressed. We have a pair of magpies that return to nest in the tree next door every year and they are her sworn enemies. She’s never managed to harm them though. She’s a little on the ….. chunky side and can’t climb up as far as the nest. They torment her, throw stones at her and scream at her from the other side of the window when she’s indoors. She hates them.

Sparta Magpie

 

 

 

 

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.

Inspired by drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artefacts 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.

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

 

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