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FINISHED!

16 Feb

I finished the flowery fake van Gogh today. When I first started copying van Gogh’s works I was surprised by how complex they are. There’s a sort of image that he slapped the paint onto canvas in thick slathers, which he does, but there are many more layers and subtleties than I’d originally thought.

He also uses a lot of linework in some of his paintings, which shouldn’t surprise me as his drawings are composed of masses of lines and marks. I’m a big fan of his drawings. These irises are quite stylised and I think they look like Art Nouveau, a movement that started around the time that Vincent died. When I started doing these fakes with Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook, I thought we’d only be in lockdown for a few weeks, but it’s been nearly a year and I’ve done not far off 40 paintings so far.

 

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 and to see the complete image.

Inspired by drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artefacts 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.

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

The One White Iris

15 Feb

And more work on the fake van Gogh painting of irises today. I did a lot more to the flowers, adding some paler blues to the petals and putting in the one white iris. Then I switched to burnt umber and van dyke red, mixed with white, to get a few shades of reddish brown and stippled away at the foreground. Tomorrow I’ll be doing some finer details on the irises – van Gogh used linework in a very modern, graphic way, and paint in some stems and that should be it!

I’ve been painting along with the Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook every Friday. It’s run by painter Ed Sumner and we copy a great painting each week. If you fancy dropping by for a look, next week we’re faking a work by the Fauve artist Andre Derain – more here.

 

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 and to see the complete image.

Inspired by drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artefacts 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.

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

Further Flowery Fakery

14 Feb

Now that I’ve finished my Family Zoom painting, it’s back to finishing the fake flowers I started with Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook a couple of Fridays ago. The original is a van Gogh and his work is really complex and multi-layered. Today I focused on the greenery and marigolds in the background, the spear-like leaves and a bit more dappled colour in the foreground. Plenty more to do, lots more colours to stipple on tomorrow. There’s more work to be done on the irises too.

If you fancy joining in with the Cheese and Wine Painting Club – or just want to drop in and see what happens, next week we’re faking a painting by the Fauve artist Andre Derain – more here.

 

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 and to see the complete image.

Inspired by drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artefacts 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.

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

Dead Lilies And Xmas Cards

30 Dec

Ink sketch: dead lilies on the table.

 

I’m aching all over – husb and I finished moving all my stuff from the old to the new studio – down a long corridor and down one floor at one end, across the road and up two floors and along another long corridor at the other. I’ve been moving smaller items over the past week or so, but today was the big stuff. I hurt in places I didn’t know I had [though I should as I study anatomy!!!]. Anyway, move completed although there’s a lot of filling, painting and sorting before I can do any work. Shall spend all of next week at it and post a photo of my new space. It’s lush.

It’s been a busy couple of weeks, with the hectic holidays to get through and poorly relatives to visit and I hadn’t gotten round to clearing away a jug of wilting lilies that had been composting away, well past their display-by date. When I went to consign them to the compost bin, I noticed how interesting they were and how rarely I see flowers in this state, because I normally get rid of them when they begin to wilt. So instead of throwing them away, I sat down and sketched them. Sometimes I wonder if my sketching is just a little bit OCD 🙂 . Husb thinks I should add a touch of colour, but all my watercolours are down at my studio and I’m not going out on this cold, rainy, windy, dark night, so I’ll do it some other time. This is done in Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens, sizes S, F and M into my Artbox A6 recycled leather-bound sketchbook.

Just occurred to me what kind of weirdo finds rotten flowers ‘interesting’? No wonder my family thinks I’m bonkers lol.

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