Tag Archives: Cheese and Wine Painting Club

Scribbling On The Common

22 Sep

Husb and I had a few days away last week, cautiously enjoying the relaxation in lockdown rules. We spent some time in the Lake District and I did a bit of scribbling out walking on the glorious Birkrigg Common. I used Daler Rowney Artist’s Pastels onto hand made Khadi paper. I’m facing North West in this photo, a few hundred metres behind me is the double stone circle known as The Druid’s Circle. It’s very rare – only 15 of the 250 stone circles in England are concentric so it’s protected as an Ancient Monument.

This is me with my young nephew who has been helped enormously by LATCH: The Children’s Cancer Charity over the past 3 years. We’ve got together to raise funds for LATCH, which is a small independent charity. Please click on the link below to find out more. Thanks 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

The Vulgar Painter?

21 Sep

Camille Pissarro was slightly older than most of the Impressionist artists in France and he was a bit of a father figure to them. Like the other Impressionists he was frustrated with conventional academic art so he worked outside “en plein air”, painting what was in front of him and finishing his paintings in one sitting. It made them look realistic but the art establishment thought they were vulgar. I imagine it would be like an artist nowadays painting street scenes with litter bins overflowing with rubbish and seagulls fighting over fast food in the gutter. So when he met the younger Impressionists, he fitted right in.

This painting, “Bridge at Montfoucaut” is from about the time when he got involved with the Impressionists and it’s typical, a fairly straightforward composition built up with many dashes and layers of paint. I didn’t like it when I started copying it, but it grew on me. It shows a person in a park with a pond and lots of trees and shrubs, very simple, but the colours are stunning, really beautiful and I really got into building up all those intense colourful layers. What happened to Pissarro? Well, he became a Neo-Impressionist – or Pointillist – but that’s another story and he lived to a ripe old age, fathering a dynasty of painters who are still working today.

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

Claude And Gwendoline

20 Sep

This is my painted copy of an original painting that’s here in Wales. It’s French Impressionist Claude Monet’s “San Giorgio Maggiore At Dusk“. He painted it in the first few years of the 20th Century, when he was quite elderly. He loved the sunsets in Venice and started his paintings there, but took them back to his home in Giverny to finish them. The original was donated to the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff by Gwendoline Davies. Claude also painted another version, I think it’s even brighter than this, and it’s in Tokyo.

Gwendoline and her sister Margaret were properly rich, heiresses of their industrialist grandfather’s fortune and they were both mad keen to collect art and started in the early years of the 20th century, collecting Impressionist and Post Impressionist artists as well as modern artists up until the 1950s. They bequeathed their collection of 260 artworks to Cardiff’s National Museum where they form the nucleus of the Museum’s famed international collection. I’ve been there many times, it’s fabulous. This composition is quite simple so I was able to get absorbed in applying the paint. Claude used many layers of colours, overlaid in dashes, but I found that once I got stuck in, the paint went on fairly quickly. As always, I used Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paint onto a stretched canvas. It is one of the paintings I have offered for sale during September to raise funds for LATCH Wales, the Children’s Cancer Charity – please click on the photo below to find out more xx 🙂

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

Vincent Goes To The Seaside

19 Sep

These dynamic brushstrokes are from a “fake” I did of a painting by Vincent van Gogh, “Fishing Boats on the Beach at Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer“, which was painted when Vincent was living in Arles in the south of France and had a trip to the seaside for a week in 1888 to help with his health. He was so excited to be at this little fishing village and did loads of drawings and paintings. This painting was based on drawings he did, because the fishermen put out to sea so early each day that there was no time to paint the boats on the spot.

The little village is named after three saints called Mary; Marie Madeleine, Marie Salomé and Marie de Cléophas. They were closely linked to Jesus, the first witnesses to his Resurrection. There is a medieval tradition that afterwards they escaped persecution in Palestine in a boat and landed here and lived in the area for the rest of their lives. I painted this in Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paint onto a stretched canvas, using brushes and palette knives to create the choppy layers of paint that van Gogh is so famous for. It is one of the paintings I have offered for sale during September to raise funds for LATCH Wales, the Children’s Cancer Charity – please click on the photo below to find out more 🙂 xx

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

Sketching On A Train

18 Sep

Husb and I went away for a few days, to the Lake District and Glasgow. Hectic but great to get away after all these many months of lockdown. I love sketching on trains and did this one into my A6 leatherbound sketchbook with a ballpoint pen. I’ve been keeping sketchbooks for many years – it will be obvious when this sketch was made by the mask – everyone’s in masks.

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

A Head Start And Recycling Waste

16 Sep

I was never much of a fan of the 18th / 19th century British landscape painter John Constable. I grew up in a time when his work was popular on biscuit tins and chocolate boxes and I guess that familiarity breeds contempt. So copying this cloud study with Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club was a real eye-opener. Constable made about 50 spectacular oil sketches of clouds in 1821 – 1822. He was very scientific in his approach and wrote notes on the back of the paintings about the conditions, the light and time of day; he was influenced by the pioneering “Father of Meteorology”, Luke Howard. 

I started the painting on a textured canvas. I don’t like to waste anything so when I have some paint left over at the end of a session I scrape it onto a spare canvas and over the weeks it builds up layers of colour and texture. When I want to use it, I paint over it with some white acrylic or whatever colour is going to be the base coat of the painting. It gives me a head start on a heavily textured work like this one …. and I recycle paint I would otherwise have thrown away.

I’ve painted this with Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paints onto stretched canvas and I’m offering it for sale to raise money for LATCH: The Children’s Cancer Charity. To find out more, and see a short time-lapse film of me painting “Cloud Study”, please click on the painting below.

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

The Other Wild Beast

15 Sep

This painting is a copy of “Charing Cross Bridge” by the French artist Andre Derain, who was most famous for being one of Les Fauves – Wild Beasts – a group of painters who developed this style in the first decade of the 20th century. As well as Derain, the group included most famously Henri Matisse and the two are generally recognised as the leaders of Les Fauves. This is one of 30 paintings that Derain did as a young man when he lived in London around 1906 and is full of joyous colour and dynamic brushstrokes, in marked contrast to his later art, after World War One, which is sober and classical.

I loved painting this. Apart from the juicy colours, the composition reminds me of photographs from around this time. They’d have been in black and white, of course, but the wider angle shots also have that strange distorted perspective that you can see here, especially in the moving vehicles. It fascinates me that both photography and cars were reasonably new things, this is the start of our modern world, saturated in unrealistic colours and warped by new technology. I’ve painted this with Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paints onto stretched canvas and I’m offering it for sale to raise money for LATCH: The Children’s Cancer Charity. To fond out more, and see a short time-lapse film of me painting “Charing Cross Bridge”, please click on the painting below.

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

The Brothers In Montmartre

14 Sep

This is a painting copy I have done of one of van Gogh’s scenes of Montmartre. Vincent was living with his brother Theo in 1886 when he painted this, when the area was still very rural. It’s not like that anymore, although there’s a windmill, the Moulin Rouge, and a few vineyards. But back when Vincent and Theo lived there, it was a largely unspoilt pastoral district and Vincent painted a series of scenes in this suburb. These studies still have the sombre feel of his earlier paintings from The Netherlands and Belgium. But within a year or so, his style had developed into the brightly coloured post-Impressionism most of us are familiar with.

The windmill here, “Moulin da la Galette”, built in 1622, is apparently still standing, just around the corner from the apartment the two brothers shared. Although this is an early work, his style of painting is just as complex as his later ones, with hundreds, maybe thousands, of brushstrokes overlaid and overlaid to build up rich textures and well as glorious depths of colour. It took me AGES to do all those sticks!!!!! I’m offering this work for sale to raise money for LATCH: The Children’s Cancer Charity, please click on the link below to find out more and also to see a time-lapse film of me painting it.

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

The Green Lady And The King Of Kitsch

13 Sep

This is my painting copy of the famous work “Green Lady (Chinese Girl)” by the 20th century Russian-born painter Vladimir Tretchikoff. It’s an image I grew up with as so many people had a print of this on their living room walls during the 1960s and 1970s – it was one of the best selling art prints of the last century. Tretchikoff painted it in 1952 when the model, South African Monika Sing Lee was about 17 years old. She had never thought of herself as beautiful because of the racist remarks she endured in a society riddled with Apartheid and sadly never benefitted from the sale of millions of prints of the painting. She earned just £6 for sitting for the portrait. Tretchikoff was self-taught and his work was incredibly popular with the public, but earned him the title “The King Of Kitsch” from the art establishment. He sold so many reproductions of his works that he was reckoned to be the second richest artist of his time after Pablo Picasso.

I painted this copy during one of painter Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club sessions on Facebook. Ed started the weekly club to give people something to do when the Covid19 lockdown started in March 2020 and it’s been so popular that it’s still carrying on. I used Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paint onto stretched canvas. I found this one of the easier “fakes” over the past 18 months, the composition is fairly simple and the brushwork isn’t complex, unlike some of the other painters I’ve studied. The colours in her face are beautiful, such a range of tones and hues. I used a copper metallic paint in places to give her skin an iridescent sheen.

I’ve decided to sell this to raise money for LATCH: The Children’s Cancer Charity that has supported my young nephew and our family through the past few years. It’s an amazing charity and a cause very close to my heart. Please click on the photo below if you’d like to see more of this, including a time lapse film of me painting it, and the other paintings I’ve put up for sale to support LATCH.

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

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

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