Tag Archives: Ed Sumner

Friday’s Faking Fields

18 Sep

fields 4

And Friday rolls around again, so quickly, and it’s the the lunchtime Cheese and Wine Painting Club. I set myself some lockdown challenges early in the pandemic and one of them was to improve my painting skills. I found this great painting session on Facebook, where the artist Ed Sumner guides us in painting from a work by a great artist.

Today it’s David Hockney’s “Wheatfield Near Fridaythorpe”. I love Hockney’s work and this was a joy to do. I still need to spend another hour or two, adding details and refining the composition. I’m learning so much from doing these each week – this is the 16th!  I’m using Liquitex heavy body acrylics, mostly transparent ones, with a couple of opaque and plenty of white.

 

 

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.

In this one, I combined the image of the bird with snippets of text of things my Nana used to say. She used to take me to Swansea Museum a lot when I was small and I could hear her voice in the back of my head as I was sitting and drawing the birds and bugs.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

 

Faking Cezanne

13 Sep

marseilles final

Finally finished Friday’s fake. It’s By Cezanne and it’s the Bay of Marseilles. One of my lockdown challenges has been to improve my painting skills. I’m not a motivated painter so I joined an online painting class, Facebook’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Friday lunchtimes. This is my fifteenth painting and we usually copy a work by a famous artist.   It’s led by Ed Sumner and as well as being fun, I’m learning a lot. I’ve painted this in Liquitex heavy body acrylics onto stretched canvas.

 

 

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.

In this one, I combined the image of the bird with snippets of text of things my Nana used to say. She used to take me to Swansea Museum a lot when I was small and I could hear her voice in the back of my head as I was sitting and drawing the birds and bugs.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

Faking Friday On Saturday

12 Sep

marseilles 6

I didn’t do my usual Faking Friday yesterday because Husb and I were looking after a 2 year old maniac and I was fit for nothing afterwards. So today, I caught up with the Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook, led by artist Ed Sumner and this week we copied a Cezanne. There’s still a way to go so I’ll finish it tomorrow.

 

 

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.

In this one, I combined the image of the bird with snippets of text of things my Nana used to say. She used to take me to Swansea Museum a lot when I was small and I could hear her voice in the back of my head as I was sitting and drawing the birds and bugs.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

Turn It Around

23 Aug

on the side

I spent about an hour today finishing the fake Picasso I started on Friday with The Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook. It’s my lockdown challenge to improve my painting skills and this is my twelfth one. I’m learning a lot, studying the greats, and Ed Sumner, who leads the sessions, is an entertaining and informative teacher.

For the final bit, I turned the source picture and my painting on their sides. I find it’s easier when you’re copying an artwork to look at it from a different angle, it helps to see what’s actually there rather than what you think is there.

final

Here she is, Sleeping Girl. I used Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paints, Daler-Rowney brushes for acrylics and a cheapo canvas from Wilkos. The next Cheese and Wine Painting Club is on Friday August 28th and the subject is painting abstract flowers. It’s not a subject that I would normally choose, but this is about learning and improving, not enjoying myself (although mostly I do).

Another Faking Friday

21 Aug

 

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It’s another faking Friday with the Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook. It’s been running weekly through lockdown, inspiring people to learn something about the techniques of, mostly, famous artists in a very accessible and enjoyable way, building a nice community during the pandemic. Today we had Picasso’s “Sleeping Girl”. I really liked this one, it’s very free and simple. There’s probably another hour or so to do on it – that’ll wait until tomorrow.

 

 

This is my twelfth fake and I’m learning a lot about painting, which was my reason for doing it in the first place. It’s up to you how much you want to chip in for each session but they’re free for people who can’t afford it. The next one is abstract flowers, using a palette knife. Click on the link above to find out more.

 

 

 

I Hated Doing This One!

16 Aug

field 5

I finally finished the painting I started with Facebook’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club over a week ago. It’s a weekly session where people join in online to paint a fake. This is the first time I really found it a chore and to be honest I hated doing it, which is why it’s taken me so long. I kept putting it off. I decided after a few weeks in lockdown to improve my painting skills and so far this has been a good way of doing it. I shouldn’t moan, I suppose if it’s hard then I’m probably learning more than if I sail through it. All those sunflowers and lavender were so incredibly fiddly. Good discipline though.

 

Faking It Slowly

9 Aug

fields 3

I dropped into Facebook’s Wine and Cheese Painting Club on Friday, to practice and improve my skills. It looks like a fairly simple work but it’s surprisingly complex, with loads of layering, stippling the colours over each other.  It’s going to be a long job. This is what I managed in the hour and a half session but I reckon there’s another 4 hours at least. I didn’t get a chance to work on it through the weekend, today’s fine weather was perfect for a couple of hours down the allotment, followed by a few in the garden. A hot sweaty job. Got loads done though. So this fake is going to have to wait until tomorrow.

I use Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paints and Daler Rowney brushes.

I also got a cracking charity buy yesterday, from the Cats Protection shop. I love spiders. Always have, ever since I was little and got a liking for the little critters running up my arms – it tickles.

spider brooch

 

Spitting Like Turner

27 Jul

temeraire 4

I finally finished Friday’s fake painting, J. M. W. Turner’s “The Fighting Temeraire”. I decided after a few weeks in lockdown, when it looked like we were in for the long haul, to improve my painting skills. So I joined the Friday lunchtime “Cheese and Wine Painting Club” (which has nothing to do with cheese or wine). I like studying from great artists but normally I stand in front of them in museums with a sketchbook and draw, so taking apart their painting techniques is new to me. I’m learning loads about how to handle paint and brushes and how to layer paint onto the canvas. I’m also getting used to painting on canvas. I used to hate how it felt beneath the brush, it’s still not as nice as paper, but it’s growing on me.

In the film of Turner’s life, with Timothy Spall, it showed that Turner spat on his paintings a lot. So I gave it a go.

 

The Cheese and Wine Painting Club is family friendy and free or a donation from those who can afford to. It’s led by the artist Ed Sumner who is an excellent teacher. It’s informative and FUN. Here’s a link to the next one, which is a Banksy.

 

Finished Faking, More Baking

19 Jul

Hockney 3

I finished faking Friday’s faux Hockney, that’s about 4 hours in all. I’m not a painter, I much prefer drawing and printmaking. If I’m honest, to me, painting is like colouring in. I know painters will be outraged, but once I’ve done the drawing, that’s the creative bit over for me. But, doing these weekly paintings has been good practice and kept me occupied through the pandemic.

 

I also made a couple of rhubarb crumbles. I’m taking the big crumble to family for their tea and the smaller one is for Husb. He takes no prisoners when it comes to crumble.

rhubarb crumble

The rhubarb in the garden is HUGE! It’s like a rhubarb jungle out there.

rhubarb

 

Why not join in with Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Friday lunchtimes. It’s free or a donation if you can afford it. Next week is Turner’s The Fighting Temeraire.

 

 

 

 

 

Still Faking, Finished Baking

18 Jul

Hockney 2

I carried on with the painting I started yesterday, a fake of David Hockney’s “Going Up Garroway Hill” that was the subject of Ed Sumner’s Friday lunchtime Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook. It’s been good discipline for me to do this weekly challenge throughout the pandemic. It’s been really great the amount of things that have sprung up across the world during lockdown. Painting isn’t something I normally do much of so it’s been useful to learn and improve my techniques and also studying famous painters and analysing how they do their work. There’s probably another hour or two before it’s finished – although I could keep on refining it all week, but I won’t.

madeira

And today I baked a classic Madeira cake. I read many years ago that the mark of a good Madeira is a crack across the top. It has that, so I’m pleased. I’m baking for a family funeral on Monday, so won’t get a chance to taste it until then.

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