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The Making Of A Pandemic Painting

22 Mar

Here’s a short video, under 5 minutes, showing how I made this family Zoom painting, “18 people, 2 Dogs and a Cat”, from floundering at the beginning of lockdown in March 2020, through 9 months of faking famous paintings, to my first large scale original painting reflecting our family’s response to the pandemic. It’s subtitled as well. I hope you like 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.

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.

Finished!

11 Feb

Finished! My second original painting since I did Foundation Course at Swansea Art College way back in the 1970s. I’m calling it “Eighteen People, Two Dogs And A Cat” and it’s based on my family’s weekly pandemic Zoom quiz, which has been helping us to stay in touch and to stay sane, if I’m honest. I’ve been improving my painting skills weekly with Ed Sumner’s Friday Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook. I’ve done 35 paintings so far and built enough confidence to get on with something original. So it’s back to paint club tomorrow – maybe I’ll see you there? It’s free or a PayPal donation for those who can afford 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.

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.

Working Upside Down

9 Feb

My Family Zoom painting is nearly finished but I was getting a bit stuck with the final touches so I turned it upside down, and the source photos too. Sometimes, when you’ve been working on an artwork for a while, you get to a point where you can’t see the wood for the trees and that’s where I was. Leonardo da Vinci recommends looking at the canvas in a mirror to see it afresh. Taking a digital photo can help as well. By working upside down, I was able to ignore my familiarity with the subjects and focus on the colours and shapes in front of me and their relationship to each other. I find it’s a really good technique for getting accuracy.

 

 

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.

Looming Large ….

8 Feb

When I look at the big picture, it doesn’t look like I’ve done that much today, but I’ve been concentrating on the details of the little panels, working up layers and layers of translucent and transparent Liquitex acrylic paints. I don’t have much more to do now, a bit more work on some of the faces, the pets, and strengthen the black borders. Then it’s done. Maybe tomorrow? I’m trying to keep close to the images on the screengrabs from our family Zoom quiz, where there are some quirky things going on – people looming large, spooky reflections in the mirror, a pink and green dog ….

 

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.

Never Any Trouble, Until Now….

7 Feb

My family Zoom painting has 18 people, 2 dogs and a cat and mostly it’s been not too difficult to do, but one or two of the images have been very challenging. This young relative has been exceptionally hard – I’ve really struggled. The angle of the camera, the lighting, the definition, the position of the person, all have an effect on the image and make it quite distorted.

The first couple of tries on canvas, using Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paint, were way off so I switched to paper, charcoal and gouache to play around and try and get it more accurate. Each reworking gave me a better insight into where I was going wrong.

The gouache study still wasn’t right but I thought I’d done enough to get back to the canvas.

And that’s where I am now – the one on the right – almost there. His eyes are a bit funny still, and his right eyebrow a bit skewiff, but I’m confident I can sort it out tomorrow. The funny thing is, this young relative is so sweet, he’s never been any trouble ….. until now!

 

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.

Thanks Maggi

20 Jan

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I’m rewatching the BBC documentary on the artist Maggi Hambling on the recommendation of an artist chum. First time round I only watched superficially but this time I’m much more connected to it. I love the way she just picks up a sketchbook every morning and draws. Nothing planned, nothing precious, just draw. I tend to get very precious about my work, I become rigid and subvert myself with my need to plan and control what I’m doing so I picked up a stick of willow charcoal, a piece of rough Khadi paper and drew. No model, no reference photo, no prior drawing …. just drew from memory. That was cathartic. I need to do more of it. Thanks Maggi.

 

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.

 

Pushing Through The Fog

19 Jan

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I’m still finding it hard to get some creative ideas firmed up, during these 10 months of lockdown I’ve done loads of cooking and I’ve been learning to paint but coming up with something original has been really difficult.  I’m still trying though, hoping that something will push through the creative fog.

Anyway, today I just randomly browsed people’s faces on the Internet for anyone who interested me and I drew in willow charcoal first, then worked on it with black gouache and finally white gouache onto some very heavy, rough, handmade Khadi paper. I’m aiming to do one a day until the paper is used up and see what, if anything, might be triggered.

 

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.

Déja Vu Drawing

6 Jan

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Back at the start of Lockdown number 1 – remember that, in March 2000 – I started drawing on my daily government sanctioned exercise walks, using willow charcoal into a Khadi handmade paper sketchbook that a friend had sent me for Xmas. My dear friend sent me another this Xmas and Lockdown number 3 started a few days ago, and the government sanctioned exercise walks are back on the agenda, so here’s the first of my new déja vu drawings, from Cwmdonkin Park.

 

 

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.

A Bit Renaissance-y

4 Oct

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Here’s the last of the life drawings I did at Swansea Print Workshop last week. It’s a 60 minute pose and I used black paper with conté crayons in black, white and sanguine. Our model wore a long scarf draped over her head and shoulders and combined with the materials, it’s all a bit Renaissance-y. Which I like.

tonya 60 mins aHere’s an earlier stage of the drawing.

 

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.

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