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Finally Finished Faking Frida

11 Apr

I finally finished faking Frida! I started this weeks ago on a Zoom tutorial with Ed Sumner of the Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook. The original is a modern painting by an artist called Nettsch. I need more practice with foliage and birds, they were much harder than the figure. It’s painted in Liquitex acrylic 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 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.

Parrots And Plants!

9 Mar

It’s been my lockdown challenge to improve my painting skills which is why I joined Ed Sumner’s Cheese And Wine Painting Club almost a year ago. It’s working, I’m so much more confident with paint now, but strangely I’ve hardly done any printmaking during the same period. I do the weekly open sessions on Friday lunchtimes, but now and again I sign up for a Zoom tutorial, which is a small group of about 8 people and intensive tuition from Ed. That’s how I came to be painting this last night, Ed’s choice for a special class on International Women’s Day. I’m reasonably okay with portraiture but these parrots and plants are doing my head 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.

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.

Good Night From Frida And Her Parrots

8 Mar

I’ve just finished a painting lesson on Zoom, with painter Ed Sumner of the Cheese and Wine Painting Club. Our subject was Frida Kahlo in honour of today being International Women’s Day 2021. There’s still a fair bit of work to do on this, but I think it’s getting there. The parrots are going to be a challenge though. Anyway, it’s getting late, I’m painted out and I’ll carry on with this tomorrow. Nos da, good night.

P.W.A.

4 Mar

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Richard just had a bath

Parrot With Attitude! Richard The Bird has been back with us for a few days while his humans have been on holiday. He bit me. He nipped the cat. He aimed poop out of his cage onto the floor with unerring accuracy. He took a dump over Husb’s favourite dressing gown. He screamed blue murder when we had chips until I gave him one. He has been totally disruptive, anarchic and brimming over with parrotitude for 5 days. I still love him though.

Richard the bird

Richard is a Senegal parrot and a beloved family pet, about five years old and due to unfortunate circumstances through no fault of anyone, is now on his fourth and hopefully forever home. He takes his holidays with us. He returns home frisky and refreshed. Can’t say the same about us. Sparta Puss and Ming the Merciless are glad to see the back of him.

 

Artist And Bird

3 Jun

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I’m cracking on with the series of screenprints I’m doing on dead women artists. This is my edition (of 25) featuring Paula Modersohn-Becker. In the next week I’ll complete editions on another 5 artists, eight in all. I’ll be taking them to sell at the London Art Car Boot Fair the weekend after next. So I’d better get my skates on! That’s Richard The Bird in the background.

Bird In A Huff

24 Mar

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I had a sneaky digital scribble this evening, looking at Richard the Bird through the bars of his cage as he glared malevolently back at me with his yellow beady eye. He was having a hissy fit because I gave him a fresh raspberry, foraged at the local supermarket, but he wanted Husb, the parrot god, to give it to him. I am just not good enough. So he snatched the raspberry from my hand and threw it out of his cage in contempt! He didn’t even taste it.

Bird Proof

23 Mar

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Richard the Bird, Senegal parrot, is still holidaying with us, so we’ve been looking at parrot websites to make sure we know what we’re doing. The birds need to come out of their cage every day for exercise. This means that I have to take protective measures since the biting incident a few days ago. So I hide my hair under Husb’s woolly hat that he got in Iceland; put on my tough, outdoor hiking jacket that zips up around my ears; Husb’s extra thick skiing gloves and a pair of specs and that’s how I sit in my chair while Richard gets his ‘exercise’. Which means sitting on Husb’s shoulder watching telly. He’s such a couch potato.

Teeny Tiny Rugby Fan

19 Mar

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I scribbled this from a photo I took of our houseguest parrot, Richard The Bird and Husb at the weekend as they were watching the Wales v Ireland rugby international match together. Richard settled happily on Husb’s shoulder, watching intently and fluffing his feathers and shrieking every time Husb shouted or cheered at the game. He’s very blokey and likes to hang out with Husb, doing male bonding stuff. Well, watching telly and shouting. Gawd help us if he ever discovers lager.

I drew with graphite into my A5 hardbound sketchbook.

 

Richard The Bird’s Holiday

2 Mar

Richard the bird

Richard, our family parrot, has come to stay for a couple of weeks while his trained monkeys are on holiday. He’s fair game for a scribble, but he’s such a fidget and won’t keep still. I tried him with a Koh I Noor graphite pencil in 8B first, then went back to my comfort zone, a Faber Castell Pitt drawing pen size S for the second page of drawings into my A5 Tate Gallery sketchbook. He’s quite a character and I think it comes out in some of these. He’s beating up a rolled newspaper at the moment, there’s shredded paper all over the floor and the cats won’t go near him!

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