Tag Archives: landscape painting

Abstract Layers Of Colour

14 Nov

Here’s a short film of a Paul Cezanne painting, Mont Sainte-Victoire, that I copied back last year, when we were still in the throes of the first pandemic lockdown, with Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook. It’s shows extreme closeups of the surface of the painting, showing the many layers of Liquitex acrylic paint that I used to recreate Cezanne’s many subtle colour changes.

My lovely nephew (in the middle) along with these other wonderful young people have benefitted from the Children In Need charity and now they’re giving something back. They’re the Surprise Squad (more about them here) and you can follow their adventures on BBC1s “The One Show“, every evening until 18th November. I know that times are hard, but if you can spare a quid or two, please consider donating to Children In Need (here). They really do make a difference to young lives. Thank you xxx

Giving It A Go

22 Oct

It’s almost half a century since I rocked up, in flares and platforms, at the Foundation Course in Swansea Art School, determined to be a painter. Then I did the module in printmaking and retired my paintbrushes. Until the pandemic lockdown started in Spring last year. We were only allowed out of the house for an hour a day and I discovered Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook when I was looking for something to do to pass the time. After so many decades I thought, “Why not give it a go”. So for 15 months I have been copying great works of art, which is Ed’s way of teaching, and that gave me the confidence to start choosing my own subjects to paint, with varying degrees of success. This landscape in acrylics is based on a pastel drawing I did en plein air at Birkrigg Common in the Lake District last month.

I used a textured canvas, I scrape leftover paint from the Painting Club sessions onto spare canvases. Waste not, want not. Then I applied the coloured “ground” that Ed Sumner recommends doing. And from then on, I followed the original drawing, using Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paints and a mixture of brushes and palette knives. I can see the influence of some of the artists we have studied, especially van Gogh and Hockney; I need to keep working at it to find my own style.

Here’s my original drawing. I prefer it to the painting, I love the immediacy and the nature of the Daler Rowney soft oil pastels onto a very rough Khadi paper. But I’m still a novice at painting so I must get more practice in.

My lovely nephew (in the middle) along with these other wonderful young people have benefitted from the Children In Need charity and now they’re giving something back. They’re the Surprise Squad (more about them here) and you can follow their adventures on BBC1s “The One Show“, 15th – 18th November. I know that times are hard, but if you can spare a quid or two, please consider donating to Children In Need (here). They really do make a difference to young lives. Thank you xxx

No More Faffing On Monet’s Cliffs

26 Apr

Another fake finished …. I’m on a roll here. This is a copy of Claude Monet’s “Cliff at Grainval” that I started with Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook about a week and a half ago. I didn’t much like it, there are plenty of other works by Monet that I prefer but I’m doing these weekly painting to learn new skills and I think it’s good discipline to push through the dislike and get it finished. Here are some of the stages I went through, using Liquitex acrylic paint onto canvas. Ed has been running the paint club for over a year now, since the start of the first pandemic lockdown and I’ve done about 50 fakes so far.

Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year are currently looking for artists to take part in the new series of the programme.

This amazing opportunity is open to all artists over 16, resident in the UK. To enter send in a landscape artwork that you have created within the last five years, via their website.

If selected to take part in the competition you will then be given the opportunity to paint a specially chosen, stunning landscape within the UK. The prize on offer is a £10,000 commission for a major British institution plus £500 worth of art materials from Cass Art. The deadline for applying to the competition is 30th April 2021.

Finally Finished Faffing The Fake

25 Apr

I finished faffing with the fake from Fridays Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook. This is by the French Pointillist artist Camille Pissarro, “Bridge at Montefoucaute”. I didn’t like it when I started, but it grew on me. It involved a lot of daubing which I found very relaxing. Here are the stages I went through.

Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year are currently looking for artists to take part in the new series of the programme.

This amazing opportunity is open to all artists over 16, resident in the UK. To enter send in a landscape artwork that you have created within the last five years, via their website.

If selected to take part in the competition you will then be given the opportunity to paint a specially chosen, stunning landscape within the UK. The prize on offer is a £10,000 commission for a major British institution plus £500 worth of art materials from Cass Art. The deadline for applying to the competition is 30th April 2021.

Faking Friday Comes Round Again

23 Apr

It’s Friday’s fakery with Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club over on Facebook and this week it’s a work by the French Pointillist artist Camille Pissarro, “Bridge at Montefoucaute”. There’s still a way to go, maybe a couple of hours over the weekend, before it’s finished. I’m using Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paint onto a stretched canvas.

Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year are currently looking for artists to take part in the new series of the programme.

This amazing opportunity is open to all artists over 16, resident in the UK. To enter send in a landscape artwork that you have created within the last five years, via their website.

If selected to take part in the competition you will then be given the opportunity to paint a specially chosen, stunning landscape within the UK. The prize on offer is a £10,000 commission for a major British institution plus £500 worth of art materials from Cass Art. The deadline for applying to the competition is 30th April 2021.

Faffing And Faking The Other Starry Night

15 Mar

I’ve stopped faffing and finished the copy of Starry Night On The Rhone by Vincent van Gogh that I began last Friday at Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club. Vincent’s painting are surprisingly complex. The composition is fairly simple but there are layers and layers of frantic brushstrokes in a many different tones of blue, green and yellow. I got fed up with it in the end, to be honest, but I learned a lot by doing it and that’s why I started the paint club in the first place.

 

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.

An Arty Morning

13 Mar

Husb and I had an arty morning today. I carried on working on two of the paintings I’m copying at the moment and Husb did some more on his self-portrait. I’ve been doing copies every week with Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook for almost a year now and Husb began his selfie a couple of weekends ago in a Zoom tutorial with the 9to90 Creative Community at GS Artists in Swansea.

We’re both working with Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paint onto stretched and primed canvas.

 

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 Other Starry Night

12 Mar

It’s Faking Friday again with Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club over on Facebook. This week’s masterpiece is Starry Night Over The Rhone by Vincent van Gogh. I’ve done most of it, but still a bit more over the weekend, layering up the colours in small textured dots. I’ve been doing these weekly for almost a year now, since the first lockdown, nearly 40 paintings. The practice has been good for me.

 

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 A Fauve

19 Feb

It’s Faking Friday again with Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook. This week we copied “Charing Cross Bridge” by the early 20th century Fauvist artist Andre Derain. I’ve always loved the work of the Fauvists, the word is derived from the French Fauves – wild beasts. Matisse is probably the most famous of the group. I’ve almost finished – maybe another hour over the weekend should do 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.

Back To The Paint Club

12 Feb

Back to Friday lunchtime Cheese and Wine Paint Club with Ed Sumner on Facebook today. An abstract landscape this week, not my type of thing if I’m honest but I learnt a lot about applying and layering paint. I used Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic onto a small stretched canvas, using brushes, palette knife and fingers.

 

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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