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The Swansea Scream

24 May

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I’ve finished my fake painting of “The Scream” by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch. He made several versions of the same topic, in paint, pastel and lithography, and I copied this little-known one that he painted after a visit to Swansea in 1893. There was a large Norwegian presence in South Wales at the time with Norwegian churches on the docksides of Swansea and Cardiff. The famous author Roald Dahl is one of the Norwegian Welsh and there were many Norwegians living, working and settling in the two Welsh ports. Although most of Munch’s versions were based on a fjord overlooking Oslo, this one clearly shows the distinctive coastline of Mumbles in the background, as it would have been viewed from the Swansea promenade.

You can see the stages of the painting below.

 

I made up the bit about Swansea, by the way ๐Ÿ˜€

Come and join in with the Cheese and Wine Painting Club , led by artist Ed Sumner, on Fridays at 12 noon to paint a masterpiece. It’s free or a donation for those who are able to afford one. It’s great fun too.

Another Faking Friday

22 May

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Another Friday Facebook Cheese and Wine Painting Club session on t’Internet, this time copying The Scream by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch. I got as far as this in one and a half hours, a couple of hours over the weekend should finish it off.

 

Check out next Friday’s painting session here

Painting The Cat For Fun

18 May

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I’m not literally painting the cat. She wouldn’t stand for that. I’m doing a painting of Sparta Puss based on a digital drawing I did a while back (on a Samsung Galaxy Note 8). I’m doing it for fun. I rarely paint but I’ve been enjoying myself for the past few weeks, joining in with the Friday Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook which helps keep me focused on positive things.

I’m using Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic paint onto a Winsor & Newton canvas and a set of Daler Rowney brushes for acrylics. Sparta Puss is using her best mildly annoyed expression. Here’s the original digital drawing.

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More to do tomorrow – I’ll have to have a think about the background….

 

 

Finished Friday’s Fake

17 May

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Here it is, the fake Picasso I started with the Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Friday during their weekly lunchtime session. I did this one on vintage paper rather than canvas – I’ve run out of canvasses, not that I had many to start with, and most online suppliers are sold out at the moment. I used Liquitex heavy body acrylics and stretched the paper beforehand. You can see below where I put in an extra strip of masking tape overlapping the paper gum strip – when it’s gently peeled off, it leaves a nice white border.

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Next Friday’s painting club subject is The Scream by Edvard Munch. One of my favourites! I’ll see if I can get a canvas for this one. The club meets on Facebook and you can make a donation or it’s free for people who can’t afford to. Maybe I’ll see you there?

 

 

 

Another Friday Another Fake

15 May

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I joined in with the Facebook Cheese and Wine Painting Club again this lunchtime, to have a go at painting Picasso’s Portrait of a Girl in a Red Beret. This week I painted on paper rather than canvas; a sheet of vintage paper I stretched beforehand. It’s good fun but I also learn a lot by studying these classics. There’s probably a couple more hours of work to do on this tomorrow. It’s challenging to adapt to another artist’s style; this week I had to stop myself from tidying up Picasso’s brushstrokes which are quite messy!

The Cheese and Wine Painting Club is hosted by Ed Sumner Art on Facebook every Friday lunchtime and next week it’s Edvard Munch’s The Scream. The session is free for those who can’t afford it and a donation if you can manage it.

Finished One, Started Another

10 May

Starry Night

I spent another couple of hours finishing my copy of van Gogh’s Starry Night today, that’s about 5 and a half hours in all. I don’t know how long it took Vincent. I learnt an awful lot from doing it, about handling paint and also about Vincent’s technique. The work is much richer and more multi-layered than I had thought. Looking at the comments posted on the Cheese and Wine Painting Club, which hosted the original session, a lot of the participants thought it was the hardest one yet. The composition is quite simple, but the application of the paint is very complex.

I’m inspired now to do a painting of my own. Not something I normally do but I’m really enjoying this lockdown detour. Here’s the beginning. Can you see what it is yet? ๐Ÿ˜€

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The next family-friendly session of the Cheese and Wine Painting Club is Friday May 15th at midday and the painting will be Picasso’s Girl With Red Beret. It’s free for those who need it to be with donations from those who can afford to chip in a bit.

Starry Starry Cat

9 May

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I carried on with the painting I started yesterday with the Facebook Cheese and Wine Painting Club. It’s van Gogh’s Starry Night and it’s far more complex than I’d realised. I did an hour and a half yesterday and two hours today and still a ways to go. Sparta Puss joined me for a while.

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I’m using Liquitex acrylic heavy body paint onto a Winsor & Newton canvas. It’s weird painting, not something I normally do, but it’s so interesting to analyse a famous artwork and see what has gone into it. I uploaded a better image of Starry Night today and saw loads more detail in it.

Faking It

8 May

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This is the second Friday that I’ve joined in with the midday paintalong hosted by the Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook. It’s a one and ย a half hour session painting a classic artwork. Last week was a Matisse and today, van Gogh’s Starry Night. I’ve a few more hours work on this, but it’s coming along. It makes me realise how complex it is.

 

 

The Matisse Cat finished

2 May

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I carried on with the acrylic painting I started yesterday in an online painting session on Facebook, hosted by the Cheese and Wine Painting Club. I did about 3 hours yesterday and another three today. The painting is a cat and goldfish by the Fauvist painter Henri Matisse, he painted cats and goldfish a lot. It’s been fun and itโ€™s given me a real insight into how Matisse painted. When I’m working on my own art, it’s very intense and difficult, it takes so much concentrationa and my own work often deals with difficult subjects, so it was lovely to relax and do some art purely for the enjoyment. I’m surprised by how much I liked it, I don’t normally paint.

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The original was on a different shaped canvas, mine is longer and thinner, so I had to adapt by losing the sides of the original and putting some decorative panels on the top and bottom.

The next paintalong is van Goghโ€™s Starry Night on May 8th at midday. Itโ€™s free or a donation if you can afford it. Would be nice to see you there ๐Ÿ˜€

Painting A Matisse Cat

1 May

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I joined in with an online painting session on Facebook today, hosted by the Cheese and Wine Painting Club. It’s an hour and a half live session and today’s painting was a cat and goldfish by the Fauvist painter Henri Matisse. I haven’t finished – there’s a few more hours work to do, but it’s given me a real insight into how Matisse structured his painting and unusually for me I’m enjoying it. I don’t normally like painting, I much prefer drawing and printmaking, but this isn’t just painting, it’s also learning about another artist in a very real way.

It’s something different to do during lockdown. The next one is van Gogh’s Starry Night on May 8th at midday. It’s free or a donation if you can afford to. Will you be joining in?

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