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Faking It Slowly

9 Aug

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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

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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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