Tag Archives: lockdown challenge

Friday’s Faking Fields

18 Sep

fields 4

And Friday rolls around again, so quickly, and it’s the the lunchtime Cheese and Wine Painting Club. I set myself some lockdown challenges early in the pandemic and one of them was to improve my painting skills. I found this great painting session on Facebook, where the artist Ed Sumner guides us in painting from a work by a great artist.

Today it’s David Hockney’s “Wheatfield Near Fridaythorpe”. I love Hockney’s work and this was a joy to do. I still need to spend another hour or two, adding details and refining the composition. I’m learning so much from doing these each week – this is the 16th!  I’m using Liquitex heavy body acrylics, mostly transparent ones, with a couple of opaque and plenty of white.

 

 

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.

In this one, I combined the image of the bird with snippets of text of things my Nana used to say. She used to take me to Swansea Museum a lot when I was small and I could hear her voice in the back of my head as I was sitting and drawing the birds and bugs.

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

 

Faking Cezanne

13 Sep

marseilles final

Finally finished Friday’s fake. It’s By Cezanne and it’s the Bay of Marseilles. One of my lockdown challenges has been to improve my painting skills. I’m not a motivated painter so I joined an online painting class, Facebook’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Friday lunchtimes. This is my fifteenth painting and we usually copy a work by a famous artist.   It’s led by Ed Sumner and as well as being fun, I’m learning a lot. I’ve painted this in Liquitex heavy body acrylics onto stretched 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.

In this one, I combined the image of the bird with snippets of text of things my Nana used to say. She used to take me to Swansea Museum a lot when I was small and I could hear her voice in the back of my head as I was sitting and drawing the birds and bugs.

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

Faking Friday On Saturday

12 Sep

marseilles 6

I didn’t do my usual Faking Friday yesterday because Husb and I were looking after a 2 year old maniac and I was fit for nothing afterwards. So today, I caught up with the Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook, led by artist Ed Sumner and this week we copied a Cezanne. There’s still a way to go so I’ll finish it tomorrow.

 

 

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.

In this one, I combined the image of the bird with snippets of text of things my Nana used to say. She used to take me to Swansea Museum a lot when I was small and I could hear her voice in the back of my head as I was sitting and drawing the birds and bugs.

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

Faking Friday Once Again

4 Sep

step 4

It’s Faking Friday again and this week’s subject was Monet’s “Fields In The Spring”. I really enjoyed this one, it’s the third Monet I’ve studied and I’m getting the hang of him. These painting sessions are hosted by The Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook, taught by London-based artist Ed Sumner, and are free or a donation if you can afford it. I think this is the twelfth or thirteenth I’ve done throughout the pandemic lockdown – I decided a few weeks in to try and improve my painting techniques and this has really helped. I’m looking forward to next weeks – “The Bay Of Marseille” by Cézanne.

 

 

 

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.

In this one, I combined the image of the bird with snippets of text of things my Nana used to say. She used to take me to Swansea Museum a lot when I was small and I could hear her voice in the back of my head as I was sitting and drawing the birds and bugs.

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

Fake And Bake

28 Aug

flowers 5

Had another lunchtime session with The Cheese And Wine Painting Club over on Faceboo. It’s all painting and no cheese and wine, honestly. Today we tried out copying a landscape with flowers using big brushes, palette knives and an old debit card. Picked up some good tips.

After faking it, I baked gluten free lemon, elderflower and almond biscuits for some younger relatives who need to eat gluten-free. They can have them over the Bank Holiday when we go on a family outing – masked and distanced of course.

 

Gluten free elderflower biscuits

 

 

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.

In this one, I combined the image of the bird with snippets of text of things my Nana used to say. She used to take me to Swansea Museum a lot when I was small and I could hear her voice in the back of my head as I was sitting and drawing the birds and bugs.

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

 

A Very Sloppy Finish

26 Aug

trees 1 step e

I carried on with the expressionist-inspired painting I’m doing from one of my recent en plein air sketchbook drawings. Two things are coming up for me. First, the colours I’m using are intuitive and reflect something that’s going on inside somewhere, linked to the pandemic and lockdown – this is an emotional and cathartic thing that I’m doing.

Secondly, way back when I was in art college (when dinosaurs roamed the earth) I did a lot of painting and I was put off by lecturers who kept going on about my work being “unfinished”. They wanted me to work in a very traditional, polished style which although is a good thing to learn, wasn’t what I wanted to do. So I drifted away from painting and found expression in drawing and printmaking. The weekly sessions I’ve been doing throughout the pandemic with the Cheese and Wine Painting Club over on Facebook have given me much more confidence in handling paint. I’ve discovered that many of the great painters we’ve been studying have got a very sloppy finish, which makes me feel a whole lot better.

 

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.

In this one, I combined the image of the bird with snippets of text of things my Nana used to say. She used to take me to Swansea Museum a lot when I was small and I could hear her voice in the back of my head as I was sitting and drawing the birds and bugs.

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

 

Channelling Gabrielle and Paula

25 Aug

trees 1 step c

This is new for me, I’m doing a painting based on a sketch done en plein air a few weeks back. I’ve been practicing my paint skills with the Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook throughout the lockdown and now I feel confident enough to do one of my own. I love the German Expressionists, especially Gabrielle Münter and Paula Mödersohn-Becker. I love the way they express feelings though colour and gestural marks, rather than copy nature. So I guess I’m channelling Gabrielle and Paula for this one.

Here’s the original drawing, willow charcoal on Khadi paper, and the first two stages of the painting before I started to add colour, using transparent Liquitex Heavy Body acrylics.

 

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.

In this one, I combined the image of the bird with snippets of text of things my Nana used to say. She used to take me to Swansea Museum a lot when I was small and I could hear her voice in the back of my head as I was sitting and drawing the birds and bugs.

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

 

Doing My Own Thing

24 Aug

step 1

I’ve been doing a fair bit of painting during lockdown. I challenged myself to improve my skills as I hardly ever paint. I’ve been doing a weekly practice session with the Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook, which has been great. I’ve learnt a lot. But today I decided that I should start to do my own thing instead of copying others. Another thing I’ve been doing during lockdown is a load of drawings en plein air with charcoal into my Khadi sketchbook. So today I used one of the drawings as source material and worked up a very basic underpainting onto a stretched canvas with transparent Liquitex acrylic paints, thinned with water.

cat and landscape

Later, I tried to take a photo of an abstract painting but Sparta Puss had other ideas!

 

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.

In this one, I combined the image of the bird with snippets of text of things my Nana used to say. She used to take me to Swansea Museum a lot when I was small and I could hear her voice in the back of my head as I was sitting and drawing the birds and bugs.

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

Turn It Around

23 Aug

on the side

I spent about an hour today finishing the fake Picasso I started on Friday with The Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook. It’s my lockdown challenge to improve my painting skills and this is my twelfth one. I’m learning a lot, studying the greats, and Ed Sumner, who leads the sessions, is an entertaining and informative teacher.

For the final bit, I turned the source picture and my painting on their sides. I find it’s easier when you’re copying an artwork to look at it from a different angle, it helps to see what’s actually there rather than what you think is there.

final

Here she is, Sleeping Girl. I used Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paints, Daler-Rowney brushes for acrylics and a cheapo canvas from Wilkos. The next Cheese and Wine Painting Club is on Friday August 28th and the subject is painting abstract flowers. It’s not a subject that I would normally choose, but this is about learning and improving, not enjoying myself (although mostly I do).

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