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Life Drawing And Home Cooking

3 Oct

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 model which gave some radical shadows which reminded me of Toulouse-Lautrec’s drawings and paintings at The Folies Bergere so I used quite a harsh purple and green palette. This was a couple of weeks ago at the Swansea Print Workshop weekly life drawing session.

And today I did some baking. Young nephew called over so I had an excuse. Jam tarts (home made jam natch), apricot tart and chorizo / butter bean / cheese pasties. Not much left now 😀

Sketching, Masking And An Explosive Pudding

6 Apr

Back to basics

Back to basics today with a little bit of sketching. I’m going to try and do a good few of these over the coming week. I’ve been neglecting my sketchbook work for a while, which is really slack of me. Sketching is good practice and I need to take it more seriously. I used to sketch almost every day but I’ve seriously lapsed during the last year of pandemic lockdowns. I’m working from photos, but that’s the way it is at the moment.

Hardcore

I treated myself to a new respirator mask. I’m starting to fancy doing some woodcuts on MDF and disposable masks are not really good enough for any serious carving, so I got this lovely little number, a NA&UM Chemical Respirator Mask M101. It’s pretty hardcore – I think I’ll wear it to the local shop.

First of the season

And I made the first rhubarb crumble of the season. The garden rhubarb is lovely, very mild and pink and it’s just gorgeous with custard. That’s a Husb sized portion there, any more than a spoonful for me has an explosive effect on my digestive system, I’m afraid.

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.

Faking The Ultimate Kitsch

29 Mar

Here she is at last, portrait of Monica Pon-su-san, aka The Green Lady by Russian artist Vladimir Tretchikoff. I started this in a Zoom tutorial with Ed Sumner who runs the Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook a couple of weeks ago. I really liked doing the details on the dress, it’s not something I would normally do. I remember the painting from my childhood, it was one of those that almost everyone seemed to have a copy of. It was immensely popular. I always thought it was the ultimate in kitsch and I still think it’s kitsch, but it’s good, well crafted kitsch and reflects the time it was made – mid 20th century. Here are some of the stages I went through with the painting.

 

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.

Green Lady’s Yellow Frock

23 Mar

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. I think I’m getting there, just a bit more work on the finer details and I’m done. I started this in a Zoom tutorial with Ed Sumner who runs the Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook. And after wards, I made a plum tarte tatin for teatime 😀

 

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.

Finally Finished Faking And A Bit More Baking

22 Dec

Mountain final

I finally finished faking the Cezanne landscape I started last Friday. He’s a very complex painter, the canvas is covered in layers and layers of translucent paint, and pigment dragged on with a dry brush so you can see so many subtle colours glowing through the entire work.

I also finished icing some little Xmas cakes I made to give as gifts this year. They’ve been soaking up whisky for the past couple of months 😀

Xmas cake 2 2020

 

 

 

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.

 

Squinting

21 Dec

Mountain 10

I carried on working on last Friday’s fake painting, a landscape by Cezanne. The strident orange needed to be knocked back a bit, which I did with a very thin wash of watered down titanium white (Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic). But then I lost the lowlights so I had a good squint at the original and put the darkest tones back in with a translucent Van Dyke Red, which is really a rich russet brown. I think I’ve got the light/dark balance about right now, so next I’ll go over the dark red with a translucent green to get a dark tone that is nearer to the original.

I did some baking too, bola do caco – Madeiran sweet potato bread, cooked on a maen (griddle). It was gorgeous. Definitely one to do again.

bola do caco

 

 

 

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.

Craft And Cake

17 Dec

Potato 1

Today, like yesterday, was another day of craft and cake. I work part time as an arts educator for a homelessness charity and today I ran a Zoom session making Xmas wrapping paper and labels with potato prints. I haven’t done them since primary school but it was fun and the results weren’t too bad at all.

Potato 2

Brown paper, a potato and an ink stamp pad

Then I made a chocolate buttercream sticky plum cake. As you do. Very gooey, very chocolatey, very sticky.

chocolate plum buttercream

But tomorrow I shall do art ……

 

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.

 

Crafty

16 Dec

craft

No art today, did craft instead. I iced my Xmas cake which I made from scratch and I was shown how to make a psychedelic origami Xmas tree by my lovely colleague from Crisis South Wales.

 

 

 

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 Janus Mask

25 Oct

Tonya 3

Here’s another life drawing from the session at Swansea Print Workshop the other evening, with a 30 minute pose drawn with black, white and sanguine conté crayon onto black paper. Our marvellous model wore two masks on the front and back of her head, like a Janus figure.

Chelsea buns

I did some baking today. We’re on hard lockdown again and I did a lot of baking first time round – it passes time and produces lovely things to eat. I made the dough with 3/4 strong white flour and 1/4 wholemeal. I turned it into a large loaf and 4 Chelsea Buns – one of our favourites for tea.

 

 

 

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.

In this one, I combined snippets of a bird and discarded plastic with the image of a bug, part of the Museum’s fascinating vintage collection.

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

 

Warm Buttered Plums: The Recipe

29 Apr

plums 3

You can download the recipe and print it out, it’s a jpeg. It’s delicious, even if I say so myself. I’ve given gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan alternatives.

oaty plums

Tecchie stuff

I took the photos with the camera on my phone, put them into Instagram, then reduced the size in Adobe Photoshop. I used Comic Life for the layout (I LOVE Comic Life) and exported it as a jpeg. If you right click on the image, you should be able to save it to your My Pictures folder and then you should be able to print it out.

If you don’t have an ovenproof frying pan, try a tarte tatin tin or a heavy pie dish that you can use on top of a stove.

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