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Blwyddyn Newydd Dda : Happy New Year

31 Dec

Here’s Sparta Puss being very seasonal with a little fake Monet I did a while back – it’s called “The Magpie”. Sparta Puss hates magpies. They come and nest in the tree next door every year, I think it might be the same pair, I don’t know how long they live. They pick stones out of the guttering and throw them at her when she’s in the garden. And if she’s sitting on the bedroom window sill, they prance around on the roof outside screaming at her and taunting her. She really hates them. She doesn’t look at all impressed that I did a painting of one.

Anyway, Blwyddyn Newydd Dda, Happy New Year from Sparta Puss, Husb and me xxx

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 Fake To Finish

30 Dec

I started faking this painting by Henri Matisse about 4 weeks ago, with Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club over on Facebook. I started doing these fakes when Ed began the sessions early in lockdown back in Spring 2020. It was easier then because it was, well, lockdown and I had a lot of time on my hands. Now, although there are still Covid19 restrictions, I’ve got a lot of work coming in, which is always good for a freelance artist, but it means I can’t crack on and finish the fakes I’ve got hanging around. Ah well, maybe I can get a couple of hours in over the New Year’s holiday break. I don’t think I have much more to do on this. A few alterations to her face and some patterns on her clothes and the chair should see it finished.

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 Bit More Faking

29 Dec

Here’s a little bit more of the fake I’m working on at the moment; part of my Xmas relaxation routine. It’s a copy of a painting by Wassily Kandinsky, Autumn Landscape with Boats, when he was making the transition to becoming an Abstract artist. Still a fair bit of work to do, though. I started this with one of painter Ed Sumner’s Zoom classes just before Xmas. I’ve been painting along with Ed since early in the original lockdown in Spring 2020. No-one knew then that we’d still be under pandemic restrictions almost 2 years later. I’ve learnt so much about painting because of it.

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 Fake At Christmas

28 Dec

I joined in with Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club Christmas disco on Zoom a few days ago. We painted a seascape by Kandinsky and listened to a cool Xmas disco. Here’s my painting at an early stage – loads more to do yet.

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.

Irises in close-up

23 Dec

Way back in February I finished this copy of Van Gogh’s Irises. It’s a beautiful painting which is fiendishly complicated when you start trying to copy it. My hat’s off to the man. I haven’t blogged the video of it before. It’s a slow zoom out from and extreme close up, showing you the brushwork and eventually the finished painting in all its glory. I copied a lot of great paintings during the pandemic lockdowns, with Ed Sumner’s weekly Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook.

Here it is on YouTube but I have also put it up on the Scribblah Ink page on Facebook which you can see here.

You can also find it on my Instagram profile here:

Faking The Blue Robe

17 Nov

I did a session with Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club last week, the first in a while. We’re faking The Blue Robe by Henri Matisse and I’m really enjoying it. I’ve always loved his work, I love the free way he puts the paint onto the canvas. It’s good for me because I’m a pretty uptight artist, I get bogged down in process and detail and it’s good to let go. I’ve got maybe another hour to spend on it.

My lovely nephew (in the middle) along with these other wonderful young people have benefitted from the Children In Need charity and now they’re giving something back. They’re the Surprise Squad (more about them here) and you can follow their adventures on BBC1s “The One Show“, every evening until 18th November. I know that times are hard, but if you can spare a quid or two, please consider donating to Children In Need (here). They really do make a difference to young lives. Thank you xxx

Faffing With Salvador

29 Oct

I carried on painting my copy of Salvador Dali’s “Christ of Saint John on the Cross” that I started a couple of weeks ago in a Zoom tutorial with the painter Ed Sumner, who runs the Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook. I started studying with Ed at the beginning of lockdown last year. I didn’t think that the pandemic would last so long, but it’s meant that I’ve learned such a lot about painting techniques and also art history, by studying from the great artists over the past 18 months. There’s a bit more faffing to do on the this bit, then back to the figure on the cross, to do the final details.

My lovely nephew (in the middle) along with these other wonderful young people have benefited from the Children In Need charity in recent years and now they’re giving something back. They’re the Surprise Squad (more about them here) and you can follow their adventures on BBC1s “The One Show“, 15th – 18th November. I know that times are hard, but if you can spare a quid or two, please consider donating to Children In Need (here). They really do make a difference to young lives. Thank you xxx

Painting A Hockney In Under A Minute

27 Oct

Here’s a timelapse film of me painting a copy of Yorkshire Wolds by David Hockney in under a minute. It took me a lot longer in real life! It’s one of my pandemic lockdown paintings that I’ve been doing through the past 16 months or so with the Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook. I think this one definitely influenced me in the recent painting I did of a Lake District landscape from an original drawing.

 

My lovely nephew (in the middle) along with these other wonderful young people have benefitted from the Children In Need charity in recent years and now they’re giving something back. They’re the Surprise Squad (more about them here) and you can follow their adventures on BBC1s “The One Show“, 15th – 18th November. I know that times are hard, but if you can spare a quid or two, please consider donating to Children In Need (here). They really do make a difference to young lives. Thank you xxx

Giving It A Go

22 Oct

It’s almost half a century since I rocked up, in flares and platforms, at the Foundation Course in Swansea Art School, determined to be a painter. Then I did the module in printmaking and retired my paintbrushes. Until the pandemic lockdown started in Spring last year. We were only allowed out of the house for an hour a day and I discovered Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook when I was looking for something to do to pass the time. After so many decades I thought, “Why not give it a go”. So for 15 months I have been copying great works of art, which is Ed’s way of teaching, and that gave me the confidence to start choosing my own subjects to paint, with varying degrees of success. This landscape in acrylics is based on a pastel drawing I did en plein air at Birkrigg Common in the Lake District last month.

I used a textured canvas, I scrape leftover paint from the Painting Club sessions onto spare canvases. Waste not, want not. Then I applied the coloured “ground” that Ed Sumner recommends doing. And from then on, I followed the original drawing, using Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paints and a mixture of brushes and palette knives. I can see the influence of some of the artists we have studied, especially van Gogh and Hockney; I need to keep working at it to find my own style.

Here’s my original drawing. I prefer it to the painting, I love the immediacy and the nature of the Daler Rowney soft oil pastels onto a very rough Khadi paper. But I’m still a novice at painting so I must get more practice in.

My lovely nephew (in the middle) along with these other wonderful young people have benefitted from the Children In Need charity and now they’re giving something back. They’re the Surprise Squad (more about them here) and you can follow their adventures on BBC1s “The One Show“, 15th – 18th November. I know that times are hard, but if you can spare a quid or two, please consider donating to Children In Need (here). They really do make a difference to young lives. Thank you xxx

Now For The Faffing!

21 Oct

I’ve been faking this painting by Salvador Dali, Christ of Saint John Of The Cross, doing a two part Zoom tutorial with the painter Ed Sumner who runs the Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook. The basics are done now, just a few hours of faffing to do – details and highlights. Quite a challenge but that’s what I like. I’m learning loads about handling and mixing paint from this one. Tired now, off to bed ….

My lovely nephew (in the middle) along with these other wonderful young people have benefitted from the Children In Need charity and now they’re giving something back. They’re the Surprise Squad (more about them here) and you can follow their adventures on BBC1s “The One Show“, 15th – 18th November. I know that times are hard, but if you can spare a quid or two, please consider donating to Children In Need (here). They really do make a difference to young lives. Thank you xxx

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