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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 😀

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.

Cat’s Eyes

23 May

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I did a bit more work on my Pop painting of Sparta Puss this afternoon, on the speech bubble, her coloured bits and her eyes, which are a lovely green. I started filling in the background with left over paint – waste not want not – but I haven’t decided what to put in it yet.

 

 

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

From The Supermarket Queue

21 May

At Lidl

Had a quick scribble earlier in a queue at Lidl. From the carpark I could see steel council houses in the foreground, the garden city style council estate in the middle ground and on the hill in the background, the towers of the local psychiatric hospital. I used a ballpoint pen into my A6 leatherbound sketchbook.

Carrying On With The Cat

20 May

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I carried on with my painting of Sparta Puss today, getting a bit more detail done and I put in a speech bubble. I’ve decided to go all Pop Art on her. It’s fun, like colouring in. I’m using Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paint onto a Winsor & Newton canvas. Getting there…..

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.

Happy Little Scribbles

14 May

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Having a quick scribble this evening as Bob Ross was on TV, using a ballpoint pen into my A6 leatherbound sketchbook. I like scribbling these little moments of homelife during the lockdown and I’m enjoying the Bob Ross “Joy of Painting” series. His style isn’t my sort of thing, but I love his manner, so relaxing, almost meditative, and all the happy things he puts into his work, like happy little clouds and happy little trees lol 😀 Laid back and happy. Lovely.

Life Drawing Live

12 May

BBC life drawing

I checked into the live life drawing session on BBC4 this evening and did this 5 minute sketch. I couldn’t stay for the full programme, it’s family Zoom quiz night, but I’ll catch up with it later in the week and draw the rest of the models. There’s a lot of art happening on the TV during lockdown, it’s great. The model is copying the pose of Velazquez’ Rokeby Venus. I used a solid graphite block onto some vintage Fabriano paper.

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