Blobby Purpley Swirls

Vincent van Gogh painted lots of flowers, tons of them. Here’s a close up of one of the irises I copied recently during The Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook. Ed Sumner, who runs the club, taught us to paint these by doing a sort of swirl in one stroke with a big brushContinue reading “Blobby Purpley Swirls”


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. HeContinue reading “FINISHED!”

The One White Iris

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 brownContinue reading “The One White Iris”

Further Flowery Fakery

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 inContinue reading “Further Flowery Fakery”

Faking Friday Flowers

It’s faking Friday again with Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club over on Facebook. I so enjoy these weekly sessions that Ed has been running since the first lockdown in March 2020. I’m learning loads about painting as well. This week it’s a van Gogh, one of his paintings of irises. It’s using aContinue reading “Faking Friday Flowers”