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Bruised, Sore And Hoarse. Marvellous!

8 Oct

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. Bloody marvellous. I didn’t realised how much I missed live music. I feel ALIVE!!!!!

I managed some scribbling during the set of the excellent first band, Saint Agnes. I was speed drawing in the dark – I like a challenge 😉 I often do technical drawing exercises, to practice, and the ones that helped most here are the one where you draw without looking at the paper at all, just the subject. And continuous line drawing.

The venue, The Tramshed in Cardiff, is proper old school with plenty of room for a mosh pit and carpets that your feet stick to 😀 I’m surprised I lasted the night, but two pints of Diet Coke and I was well away! But I’m suffering for it tonight so I made comfort food for me and Husb. Traditional rice pudding and a night in front of the telly. Lovely.

The main band was Skindred , Newport’s finest, and if you haven’t heard them, here’s a video of them at Download festival. They’re Welsh heavy metal / ragga fusion. I love them, one of my favourite bands.

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 😀

Painting My Plums A Bit More

3 Aug

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” – here it is. It tastes lovely, even if I do say so myself.

I’ve built up layers of translucent glazes of Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paint over the original layers of opaque colours. I’m trying to get the renaissance-y look of the original photo so there’s a long way to go yet.

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.

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

Painting My Plums

27 Jul

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 doing a weekly fake. A few people have suggested that I should try painting still lifes from some of my cookery photos. So I though, “Why not, eh?” So I’m starting with my plums. I think the photo looks a bit Northern Renaissance, so lets see if I can recreate that.

Here are the first two stages, using Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paint onto a stretched canvas. The colours are Mars Black, Magenta and Unbleached Titanium and they’re all opaque. I’ll try layering translucent paints on top later.

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.

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

The Boy And The Pudding

8 May

I did some more work on the “Upside Down Boy” painting today. He’s a young relative who seems to like hanging upside down. When I’m working from photos, I like to turn them upside down anyway because I find it easier to get a likeness, you don’t get distracted by what you think is there, because the view is unfamiliar, you focus on the shapes and tones and colours. I’m using Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paint onto a small 25cms square stretched canvas. It’s fun, not too big to be a pain but big enough to do what I want.

I also made a plum tarte tatin. It’s Upside Down, like my young relative 😀 The weather has turned again – yesterday was brilliant and sunny, today is cold with torrential rain. Time for comfort food.

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.

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 Hockney’s Yorkshire Logs

18 Jan

logs final

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 the first lockdown back in March 2020 and he’s kept it going to give people something to do during the pandemic. It’s fun and it’s free or a donation if you can afford it.

 

 

 

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.

 

More Faking, More Baking

17 Jan

logs 7

I did some more painting on the Hockney I began on Friday with Ed Sumner’s weekly Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook. His work is a lot more complex than it looks, although his compositions seem fairly simple, there are layers and layers of paint and texture piled up on the canvas. I hope another hour or so tomorrow should get it finished.

Almond Raspberry 2021.jpg

After that, I was rooting around in a cupboard and found a packet of ground almonds and in the freezer, a box of our allotment raspberries from last year. So an almond and raspberry cake was a no-brainer really. There’s not much left – Husb takes no prisoners when it comes to cake.

 

 

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.

 

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