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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.


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


girl 7 b


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.




Scrapings and Surrealists

18 Aug


I’m very frugal. I was raised by the “waste not, want not” generation and I try to use up everything. I’ve been doing some painting practice through the lockdown and I’ve taken to scraping the paint off my palette and onto nice paper. It’s very good paint, Liquitex Easy Body acrylic, onto Bockingford paper. The early 20th century Surrealists  used to do random stuff to get inspiration. I don’t know if I’ll be inspired to take this one further, but at least it can be ripped up for collage.



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.


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