Bruised, Sore And Hoarse. Marvellous!

Didn’t post here last night because I was AT A GIG – Skindred – for the first time since lockdown started. That’s 18 months without live music. It was BRILLIANT but I’m absolutely knackered today. My feet feel bruised, my neck is sore from headbanging and I can hardly speak because I screamed myself hoarse.Continue reading “Bruised, Sore And Hoarse. Marvellous!”

Life Drawing And Home Cooking

This life model likes to hold an unusual pose and this one was great, but an upside down face is really hard to draw. And the foreshortening was wicked. I used Daler Rowney artist’s pastels onto a heavy textured vintage paper, size about A1 – quite big. There was a spotlight on over our modelContinue reading “Life Drawing And Home Cooking”

Scoffing And Sketching

Husb and I went to Glasgow last week, for the first time. What a fabulous city. I loved it. We did the touristy bit, visiting the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum (fabulous), the Necropolis (fabulous) and lunching at the famous Willows Tearooms (fabulous). We only had two days there but just enough to convince usContinue reading “Scoffing And Sketching”

Painting My Plums A Bit More

I started to paint a still life of plums from a food photo I took way back at the beginning of the Covid19 lockdown last Spring. I was cooking like a maniac and my creativity was channelled into photographing what I was doing. The photo is from a recipe called “Hot Buttered Plums” – hereContinue reading “Painting My Plums A Bit More”

Painting My Plums

Back at the beginning of lockdown, about 16 months ago now, I lost all interest in doing art but got obsessively into cooking. I took photos of what I was doing as I went along and blogged them. Then I found Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook and got stuck into doingContinue reading “Painting My Plums”

Been On Holiday

Husb and I have been on holiday, visiting relatives in Cumbria, the Lake District. We spent some time in Ulverston, one of our favourite places, almost 750 years old and the birthplace of the comedy actor Stan Laurel. We came across these two, masked up, in an alleyway in Ulverston, close by the town’s LaurelContinue reading “Been On Holiday”

The Ice Cream Queue

Queueing has been a big feature of the pandemic lockdown and I’ve been scribbling them on and off. This was part of a queue for the ice cream van on the seafront at Criccieth in North Wales a couple of weeks ago. It was a fabulously sunny day and the local icecream, Cariad Gelato, wasContinue reading “The Ice Cream Queue”

Faking The Ultimate Kitsch

Finished faking the Green Lady, portrait of Monica Pon-su-san by Vladimir Tretchikoff

Green Lady’s Yellow Frock

I’ve nearly finished the copy of Vladimir Tretchikoff’s “Green Lady” that I started a couple of weeks ago. I think her head is just about done now, so today I did a lot of work on the yoke of her dress. It’s an elaborate embroidered silky fabric and I’ve never painted anything like this before.Continue reading “Green Lady’s Yellow Frock”

Finally Finished Faking Hockney’s Yorkshire Logs

Here’s the finished fake David Hockney painting. I started it on Friday so I’m pretty pleased with the progress. As always I learnt a lot about painting by doing it. I’ve been doing these paintings with Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook every Friday. Ed started it at the beginning of theContinue reading “Finally Finished Faking Hockney’s Yorkshire Logs”