Tag Archives: Picasso

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.


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).

Another Faking Friday

21 Aug


girl 7 b


It’s another faking Friday with the Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook. It’s been running weekly through lockdown, inspiring people to learn something about the techniques of, mostly, famous artists in a very accessible and enjoyable way, building a nice community during the pandemic. Today we had Picasso’s “Sleeping Girl”. I really liked this one, it’s very free and simple. There’s probably another hour or so to do on it – that’ll wait until tomorrow.



This is my twelfth fake and I’m learning a lot about painting, which was my reason for doing it in the first place. It’s up to you how much you want to chip in for each session but they’re free for people who can’t afford it. The next one is abstract flowers, using a palette knife. Click on the link above to find out more.




Finished Friday’s Fake

17 May

girl with a red beret

Here it is, the fake Picasso I started with the Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Friday during their weekly lunchtime session. I did this one on vintage paper rather than canvas – I’ve run out of canvasses, not that I had many to start with, and most online suppliers are sold out at the moment. I used Liquitex heavy body acrylics and stretched the paper beforehand. You can see below where I put in an extra strip of masking tape overlapping the paper gum strip – when it’s gently peeled off, it leaves a nice white border.


Next Friday’s painting club subject is The Scream by Edvard Munch. One of my favourites! I’ll see if I can get a canvas for this one. The club meets on Facebook and you can make a donation or it’s free for people who can’t afford to. Maybe I’ll see you there?




Another Friday Another Fake

15 May

picasso 4

I joined in with the Facebook Cheese and Wine Painting Club again this lunchtime, to have a go at painting Picasso’s Portrait of a Girl in a Red Beret. This week I painted on paper rather than canvas; a sheet of vintage paper I stretched beforehand. It’s good fun but I also learn a lot by studying these classics. There’s probably a couple more hours of work to do on this tomorrow. It’s challenging to adapt to another artist’s style; this week I had to stop myself from tidying up Picasso’s brushstrokes which are quite messy!

The Cheese and Wine Painting Club is hosted by Ed Sumner Art on Facebook every Friday lunchtime and next week it’s Edvard Munch’s The Scream. The session is free for those who can’t afford it and a donation if you can manage it.

Jewels Of The Courtauld

15 Mar

15 Courtauld

My sketchbooks are mainly a record of my daily life and to practice drawing. When I’m visiting galleries and museums I like to study the artwork and make visual and verbal notes. Husb and I visited the Courtauld Gallery this week and saw their amazing exhibition, ‘Making Picasso’, his early art. I’m one of those annoying people who get up really close to see the brushstrokes and try to work out how the artist has done it. This is a scribble of ‘Casagemas In His Coffin‘ from 1901, an after-death portrait of a friend who committed suicide and allegedly the first of Picasso’s sombre Blue Period work. I particularly liked the very loose brushstrokes picking out the details – they look like scribbled lines. He did several versions and I believe the one in this exhibition is in oil on cardboard.

On the right is a quick sketch of the main features of a tiny painting of Mary Magdalene in tempera by Fra Angelico. It’s an exquisite little jewel. It’s an early Renaissance piece, combining a very formal rendering of the drapery with a much more naturalistic approach to the head and hands, which I sketched very quickly. Although the paintings are minute, Fra Angelico has painted them with so much expression – the figure in this painting looks much more angry than in my scribble. The Courtauld is a fantastic gallery and with half price on a Monday, was only £3 each to get in.

%d bloggers like this: