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Just Back …..

1 Jul

Just back from life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop. It’s late and I’m off to bed soon. Here’s a 10 minute pose from our brilliant model. I drew with sanguine and black conte crayons onto vintage paper.

Nos Da, Good Night

From Sketch To Drawing

30 Jun

I have sketchbooks stuffed full of drawings stuffed into cupboards but I rarely work from them, once they’re done they tend to be forgotten. So I’ve decided to go back to them and try and develop something using different materials.

This is a recent sketch in ballpoint pen done in a local quarry. It’s linear and very much about mark making and I wanted to take it into colour so I used soft oil pastels (Daler Rowney) onto a very textured heavyweight Khadi handmade paper. I’ve been looking at some other artists whose use of colour I admire – historically Gabriele Munter and contemporary artists Christian Niblo Lloyd and Aletha Kuschan and they’ve inspired me to try and let go of my almost obsessive detailed ballpoint sketching into something more expressive.

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.

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

Finally Finished Vincent’s Bedroom

29 Jun

I finally finished faffing with van Gogh’s painting of his bedroom in Arles. I started it a few weeks ago on one of painter Ed Sumner’s Zoom tutorials. It’s a lot more complex than it looks. Vincent’s brushwork is multi-layered and his composition, although it looks simple, has some difficult distorted perspective. Of course I can still see loads that could be improved upon, but I need to stop and carry on with something else. I painted in Liquitex heavy body acrylics onto a stretched and primed canvas. Here are some of the stages of the apinting.

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.

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

Copper Crucibles Part 2: The Raku Firing

28 Jun

I went along to a raku firing this evening, headed up by local ceramicist Esther Ley at the National Waterfront Museum. I’d made some little clay crucibles a while back – part of the Swansea University Copperworks Project – and today was the decorating and firing session. They had already been fired once, the bisque firing, so today we decorated our tiny pots with wax resist, various oxides as liquids and solidified in wax, and glazes – one transparent and one white. I did 10, here are the five I’m happy with. A 50% success rate isn’t bad at all for raku.

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.

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

Faffing With Vincent

15 Jun

I’m still faffing with this copy of Vincent van Gogh’s “Bedroom In Arles”, it’s a lot more complex than it looks at first, as are all his paintings. Although the composition is relatively simple, the complexity is in the layers and layers of paint piled thickly onto the surface of the canvas. I love it but it takes ages to do. I’m using Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paints onto stretched canvas and I began this in one of Ed Sumner’s Zoom painting tutorials.

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.

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

FINISHED!!!!!!

14 Jun

Finished faffing and faking Franz Marc’s “The Yellow Cow”. It’s very richly coloured with lots of layers of glazes built up on top of each other, lots of blending too. Took a while but I really enjoyed it. I started it with Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook last week. Here are the stages I went through. I used Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paint onto a stretched canvas (50 x 40 cms).

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.

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

Carrying On With The Yellow Cow

13 Jun

I’ve been carrying on faking the Franz Marc painting of a yellow cow I started last week. The composition is fairly simple and although the colours look simple as well, they’re actually quite complex with lots of overlays and blending. That’s what’s taking the time. I’m hoping to finish it tomorrow. I started this with Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook. It’s been running weekly since the pandemic lockdown began in March 2020 and it’s lovely.

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.

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

van Gogh On Speed

7 Jun

Here’s one of van Gogh’s boat paintings speeded up – all done and dusted in a minute! I wish!!!! He did a number of studies on the beach at Les Saintes Marie de la Mer in the south of France. It was supposed to be where Mary Magdalene’s boat landed when she arrived in France after the crucifixion of Jesus. I painted this at one of Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club sessions on Facebook. They’re every Friday and anyone can join in.

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.

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

Faking A Yellow Cow

5 Jun

Friday’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook was postponed until today, so lunchtime I started faking a painting by the 20th Century German Expressionist Franz Marc, The Yellow Cow. I still have a couple of hours work to do to finish it, I reckon.

This is from my all-time favourite period of art history, I can’t get enough of the Expressionists. Franz Marc’s life and career were cut tragically short by World War 1, he died at the Battle of Verdun in 1916. What a waste, what a waste.

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.

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

Reflections And Shadows

4 Jun

Husb and I went out for a walk in the glorious late afternoon sunshine and I snapped the reflection of the Swansea Marina footbridge and the shadow of Swansea Castle.

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.

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

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