Tag Archives: JMW Turner

Timelapse Turner

21 Mar

I recently finished faking a painting by JMW Turner, “Storm at Sea” and Husb made a timelapse video of me doing it. Here it is if you fancy seeing how it developed. I’ve been faking more or less every Friday throughout the pandemic lockdown, almost a year now, with Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook.

 

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 Faffing

11 Mar

Storm at Sea by JMW Turner. I think this is the hardest painting I have copied since I joined Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club almost a year ago now. I’ve done almost 40 and I’ve learnt so much from copying such a range of artists, but Turner has definitely been the most difficult for me. But probably the one I’ve learnt the most from as well. The complexity of his technique is staggering. They look simple but they’re definitely not.

Here are the stages of the painting. I nearly gave up about half way through, I wanted to paint the whole thing white and recycle the canvas, but I persevered when I realised that I needed to put masses more paint onto it. The real breakthrough came when I tried dabbing thick paint impasto style with the blunt end of a square brush. Something very specific, but it transformed the whole thing.

 

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.

Layers Of Faff

10 Mar

I’m still working on the fake JMW Turner painting, “Storm at Sea”, building layer upon layer, knocking the colour back with thin glazes of watery white and rubbing through to reveal some of the delicate colours beneath, all overlaid with thick gobbets of paint piling texture onto the surface of the canvas. All a bit of a faff but when you see his work in galleries, you realise how much paint has gone into – or onto – them. I started this last Friday at the Cheese and Wine Painting Club over on Facebook. Run by the painter Ed Turner, we copy a painting by a famous artist every week. The sessions are free or a donation for those who can afford it, and Ed’s been running them for almost a year now, to help us get through lockdown. Come and have a look 🙂

 

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.

Long Haul Faff

7 Mar

I carried on faking “Storms at Sea” by Joseph Mallord William Turner today. It’s a long haul, it’s built up of many textures and layers of paint and it’s quite hard to see these in the print-out I have. I discovered a new way (new to me anyway) to apply the paint today, using thick undiluted paint that has been loaded onto the very end of a square shaped brush and dabbing it lightly on the canvas. It’s starting to get to the range of textures in the original.

Turner himself used to apply the paint in all sorts of ways, even spitting onto the canvas. Here’s a trailer of the film Mr. Turner made by Mike Leigh with Timothy Spall as Turner. The film shows a lot of his painting technique.

I began the painting on Friday a my weekly session with Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club. Ed’s been running this since the beginning of the first lockdown, almost a year now, and it’s free or a donation for those who 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.

Turner’s Tough!

5 Mar

Friday today and my weekly faking session with Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club. This week it’s “Storms at Sea” by Joseph Mallord William Turner. Duw it’s hard! A lot of Turner’s work is abstract and this is particularly so and I don’t really get abstract. I’m finding this one tough going. But I’m determined to do a good job because giving up means I won’t learn. I’ll probably be faffing around with it a lot more over the weekend.

 

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.

Fake, Flush And Fanning!

27 Jul The Beacon Light by J M W Turner

Today, Husb and I had a jaunt up to Cardiff, or The ‘Diff as it’s known around here, to the National Museum to take part in Sky Arts new television series “Fake! The Great Masterpiece Challenge.” I sent off an email to apply back at the beginning of the month and thought no more about it until I had a phone call about a week later and a lengthy telephone interview and next thing I was selected for filming with a companion of my choice, so I chose Husb of course.

The Beacon Light by J M W Turner

The Beacon Light by J M W Turner

 

It was very humid today and I had a hot flush just before we started, but after some intensive fanning by Husb I cooled down. We spent two hours being filmed, we had to visit 9 paintings by two famous landscape artists, JMW Turner and Richard Wilson and try and work out which had been replaced by a fake. It was REALLY difficult. Would the fake be obvious, in other words a bad forgery, or would it be too well done to be able to tell? We think we found the right one, but we don’t know yet. We have another day of filming in a couple of weeks and if we have guessed the right one, we might go through to the final. Fingers crossed.

 

 

I have been travelling across South Wales with Rhondda-born archaeologist Dewi Bowen and Swansea film maker Melvyn Williams, hunting the wild megalith, accompanied by my portable drawing board, portfolio of Fabriano paper and a bag full of assorted artist’s materials.  Dewi is researching his latest book on Neolithic monuments and Melvyn is making a documentary film of our literary and artistic adventures.

If you want to know more about my solo show in The Worker’s Gallery in the Rhondda Valley in September, please click here.

And if you want to see some of my other artwork, please click on the image below.

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