Tag Archives: Mr. Turner

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.

Golden Light

30 Nov

I saw a brief interview on the television this evening with the actor Timothy Spall talking about his role in Mike Leigh’s film, Mr. Turner. He did a lot of art training for it and said that one of the things that has lasted is that he now looks hard at everything around him, noticing far more than he did before. And I think that’s something that artists do, we look more than most people and the more you look, the more you see. I took these photos this evening as I was walking home from the print workshop. The light from the low winter sun was gorgeous, golden and sparkling and illuminating the dingy urban alleyways.

 

I have some work in both the exhibitions below, if you’re passing through The Rhondda Valley or Cardiff, please pop in…..

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