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Another Faking Friday

10 Jul

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Another Friday lunchtime session with the Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook, doing a copy of a classic painting in an hour and a half. I’ve never been into painting so I decided to learn how to do it during the lockdown. I’m learning a lot about technique and also about not being too precious, to work quickly and not get bogged down in detail. It’s how I tend to do my drawings but it’s the opposite of printmaking, which is usually a painstaking process.

The lunchtime sessions are headed up by the painter Ed Sumner. They’re fun, what we need during a pandemic, they’re free or donations if you can afford to and the next one is a David Hockney.

 

 

Another Faking Friday …. With Sky

26 Jun

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Another Faking Friday at lunchtime today with the Cheese and Wine Painting Club over on Facebook. This week we copied a picture by the artist who runs the club, Ed Sumner. He taught us how to paint skies, which is a big deal for me because I hardly ever pick up a paintbrush, not normally my sort of thing. I decided to give it a go as a lockdown project. It’s been fun over the past few weeks, but I wouldn’t like to switch from drawing and printmaking.

Next week’s subject is a painting by the American 20th century artist Jean Michel Basquiat. The sessions are free or a donation by Paypal if you can afford it.

 

 

Flowery Faking Friday

19 Jun

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I did this painting earlier today with the Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook, it’s a weekly session led by the artist Ed Sumner. I’m not a big fan of painting but I thought that I’d make an effort to improve my skills during the pandemic lockdown and I’ve done six of these so far. This week’s artwork is a copy of ‘Anemones’ by Vincent van Gogh. I used Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paint onto a stretched and primed canvas, with Daler Rowney ‘simply…’ brushes.

I like the way that Ed Sumner takes us through the process – at high speed – only an hour and a half to finish a painting. I’m learning so much about paint application and composition and I’ve always been a fan of studying the great artists, copying their work and learning from them. Next week we’ll be copying one of Ed’s own paintings which has a massive expanse of sky – that’ll be a challenge – I don’t so sky …. Follow the link here to find out more.

 

Another Faking Friday: Monet’s Japanese Bridge

5 Jun

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Faking Friday again, copying a famous painting with the family-friendly Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook. It’s Monet’s Japanese Bridge this week. I recycled an old canvas that I’d used to play around with some paint a few years back then stuck it up the attic and forgot about it. That just about sums up my usual level of interest in painting.

The original canvas is on the left – in the middle I coated it with a thin layer of white acrylic paint. On the right, after a thin layer of orange, the first step in the Cheese and Wine Painting Club’s session.

From the left: painting the background and horizon: the bottom of the bridge and foliage on the edge of the pond: the bridge and plant details.

I’ve got a couple more hours to do on the painting, which is actually too small for the canvas. Monet’s original is almost a square, rather than rectangular, so I’m going to have to come up with something to do with the empty strips at the sides.  I used Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic paint.

Next Friday, it’s Banksy’s Balloon Girl.

 

 

 

 

Finished The Cat

28 May

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Finished the cat picture. It’s gone into my window. I live in a very diverse area and one of my neighbouring houses is a care in the community home for adults with mental health issues. We stop and chat often and they have been really chuffed with the art that Husb and I have been putting into the window, mostly temporarily, so we decided to do some permanent pieces, related in some way to The Pandemic. Husb is still working on his. These long thin Winsor & Newton canvas panels are a good fit for our front windows and they can be seen from the street.

 

Knowing when to finish is always an issue with any artwork, I think. I don’t particularly like paintings that are very polished, I like to see something of the process that’s gone into the work; the bits where the paint has been scuffed onto the canvas; the white bits showing through; the brushstrokes that dragged; the drips. I enjoyed playing with the interactions between opaque and translucent paint (Liquitex heavy body acrylics), layering randomly and using up the dregs off the pallette. I also like to leave something for the viewer to fill in or interpret or get absorbed in. It’s a two-way thing.

I showed Sparta Puss. She was not impressed.

Stay Safe In Comic Sans

27 May

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I carried on with my Pop-inspired painting of Sparta Puss today. I put the caption into her thought bubble – Stay safe – in a reasonable attempt at Comic Sans, although it could be a bit tidier. I love Comic Sans and I don’t care! I’m putting a rainbow border around the thought bubble, to honour our keyworkers. The bit at the bottom is developing randomly. I’m quite frugal – some would say stingy – and I don’t like to waste paint so I’m scrubbing leftovers onto the bottom of the canvas then painting paisley patterns over it. I like it.

I’m using Liquitex heavy body acrylic paint onto a Winsor & Newton canvas. I’m working from a digital drawing I did of Sparta Puss on my Galaxy Note 8 tablet with a free Markers app.

The Swansea Scream

24 May

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I’ve finished my fake painting of “The Scream” by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch. He made several versions of the same topic, in paint, pastel and lithography, and I copied this little-known one that he painted after a visit to Swansea in 1893. There was a large Norwegian presence in South Wales at the time with Norwegian churches on the docksides of Swansea and Cardiff. The famous author Roald Dahl is one of the Norwegian Welsh and there were many Norwegians living, working and settling in the two Welsh ports. Although most of Munch’s versions were based on a fjord overlooking Oslo, this one clearly shows the distinctive coastline of Mumbles in the background, as it would have been viewed from the Swansea promenade.

You can see the stages of the painting below.

 

I made up the bit about Swansea, by the way 😀

Come and join in with the Cheese and Wine Painting Club , led by artist Ed Sumner, on Fridays at 12 noon to paint a masterpiece. It’s free or a donation for those who are able to afford one. It’s great fun too.

Cat’s Eyes

23 May

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I did a bit more work on my Pop painting of Sparta Puss this afternoon, on the speech bubble, her coloured bits and her eyes, which are a lovely green. I started filling in the background with left over paint – waste not want not – but I haven’t decided what to put in it yet.

 

 

Another Faking Friday

22 May

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Another Friday Facebook Cheese and Wine Painting Club session on t’Internet, this time copying The Scream by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch. I got as far as this in one and a half hours, a couple of hours over the weekend should finish it off.

 

Check out next Friday’s painting session here

Carrying On With The Cat

20 May

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I carried on with my painting of Sparta Puss today, getting a bit more detail done and I put in a speech bubble. I’ve decided to go all Pop Art on her. It’s fun, like colouring in. I’m using Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paint onto a Winsor & Newton canvas. Getting there…..

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