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Shivering In Snowdonia

29 Apr

Here’s another sketch I made in North Wales last week. Husb and I escaped for the first time in over a year, since lockdown started, and it was fabulous, a truly beautiful place. We stopped the car to look back at a wonderful view over Lake Gwynant in Snowdonia, and I had to make a choice about how to approach the sketch. We were only stopped briefly and it was still quite cold, although sunny, and we didn’t want to hang around for long, so I chose my brown paper sketchbook and black, sanguine and white conte crayons. I blocked in the main features of the scene in front and then jumped, shivering, into the car.

It’s the last chance to enter this year’s Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year ……

 

Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year are currently looking for artists to take part in the new series of the programme.

This amazing opportunity is open to all artists over 16, resident in the UK. To enter send in a landscape artwork that you have created within the last five years, via their website.

If selected to take part in the competition you will then be given the opportunity to paint a specially chosen, stunning landscape within the UK. The prize on offer is a £10,000 commission for a major British institution plus £500 worth of art materials from Cass Art. The deadline for applying to the competition is 30th April 2021.

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Oooh Nearly There….

27 Apr

I’ve almost finished the copy I’ve been doing of van Gogh’s “Fishing Boats on the Beach at Saintes Marie de la Mer”. It’s almost there, just a bit more faffing to do and it should be done. The beach is supposed to be where Mary Magdalene, along with two other Biblical Marys, landed in France after fleeing after the death of Jesus. I’m using Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paints onto stretched, primed canvas. I started it a couple of weeks ago in a Zoom tutorial from Ed Sumner who runs the Cheese and Wine Painting Club every Friday on Facebook. I need to put in some white foam at the edge of the sea, knock back some of the shadows under the boats, soften the horizon and sharpen up the masts at the front. Shouldn’t take long now.

Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year are currently looking for artists to take part in the new series of the programme.

This amazing opportunity is open to all artists over 16, resident in the UK. To enter send in a landscape artwork that you have created within the last five years, via their website.

If selected to take part in the competition you will then be given the opportunity to paint a specially chosen, stunning landscape within the UK. The prize on offer is a £10,000 commission for a major British institution plus £500 worth of art materials from Cass Art. The deadline for applying to the competition is 30th April 2021.

No More Faffing On Monet’s Cliffs

26 Apr

Another fake finished …. I’m on a roll here. This is a copy of Claude Monet’s “Cliff at Grainval” that I started with Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook about a week and a half ago. I didn’t much like it, there are plenty of other works by Monet that I prefer but I’m doing these weekly painting to learn new skills and I think it’s good discipline to push through the dislike and get it finished. Here are some of the stages I went through, using Liquitex acrylic paint onto canvas. Ed has been running the paint club for over a year now, since the start of the first pandemic lockdown and I’ve done about 50 fakes so far.

Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year are currently looking for artists to take part in the new series of the programme.

This amazing opportunity is open to all artists over 16, resident in the UK. To enter send in a landscape artwork that you have created within the last five years, via their website.

If selected to take part in the competition you will then be given the opportunity to paint a specially chosen, stunning landscape within the UK. The prize on offer is a £10,000 commission for a major British institution plus £500 worth of art materials from Cass Art. The deadline for applying to the competition is 30th April 2021.

Finally Finished Faffing The Fake

25 Apr

I finished faffing with the fake from Fridays Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook. This is by the French Pointillist artist Camille Pissarro, “Bridge at Montefoucaute”. I didn’t like it when I started, but it grew on me. It involved a lot of daubing which I found very relaxing. Here are the stages I went through.

Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year are currently looking for artists to take part in the new series of the programme.

This amazing opportunity is open to all artists over 16, resident in the UK. To enter send in a landscape artwork that you have created within the last five years, via their website.

If selected to take part in the competition you will then be given the opportunity to paint a specially chosen, stunning landscape within the UK. The prize on offer is a £10,000 commission for a major British institution plus £500 worth of art materials from Cass Art. The deadline for applying to the competition is 30th April 2021.

Portal To The Otherworld

24 Apr

On our last day in North Wales, earlier in the week, Husb and I visited Pistyll Rheadr, a magnificent waterfall near Llanrheadr ym Mochnant in Powys. On the edge of the Berwyn Mountains, it’s the longest single drop waterfall in the UK and is also reputed to be one of the six portals to Annwn, the Otherworld of Welsh legend, that coexists with our own, a bit like a parallel universe. It’s beautiful and neither the photograph nor the drawing do it justice. Both only show the lower drop, the whole waterfall is much higher and spectacular. I used watercolours, my home made walnut ink and white conte crayon onto a rough handmade vintage blue-grey paper.

Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year are currently looking for artists to take part in the new series of the programme.

This amazing opportunity is open to all artists over 16, resident in the UK. To enter send in a landscape artwork that you have created within the last five years, via their website.

If selected to take part in the competition you will then be given the opportunity to paint a specially chosen, stunning landscape within the UK. The prize on offer is a £10,000 commission for a major British institution plus £500 worth of art materials from Cass Art. The deadline for applying to the competition is 30th April 2021.

Faking Friday Comes Round Again

23 Apr

It’s Friday’s fakery with Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club over on Facebook and this week it’s a work by the French Pointillist artist Camille Pissarro, “Bridge at Montefoucaute”. There’s still a way to go, maybe a couple of hours over the weekend, before it’s finished. I’m using Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paint onto a stretched canvas.

Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year are currently looking for artists to take part in the new series of the programme.

This amazing opportunity is open to all artists over 16, resident in the UK. To enter send in a landscape artwork that you have created within the last five years, via their website.

If selected to take part in the competition you will then be given the opportunity to paint a specially chosen, stunning landscape within the UK. The prize on offer is a £10,000 commission for a major British institution plus £500 worth of art materials from Cass Art. The deadline for applying to the competition is 30th April 2021.

The Tragic Statue In Harlech

22 Apr

Husb and I spent a few days in North Wales, only the second time we’ve been out of county for over a year, and it was lush. We went to the 13th century Harlech Castle, perched on a steep hill above a large coastal plain. Outside is a 20th century statue by Ivor Roberts-Jones, of Bendigeidfran and Gwern from the tragic legend in the Mabinogion, the Welsh book of ancient mythology.

I drew it with my home-made walnut ink and a vintage squirrel brush onto vintage Ingres paper. I started by splattering the ink across the paper and finished by adding some highlights with a white conte crayon.

Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year are currently looking for artists to take part in the new series of the programme.

This amazing opportunity is open to all artists over 16, resident in the UK. To enter send in a landscape artwork that you have created within the last five years, via their website.

If selected to take part in the competition you will then be given the opportunity to paint a specially chosen, stunning landscape within the UK. The prize on offer is a £10,000 commission for a major British institution plus £500 worth of art materials from Cass Art. The deadline for applying to the competition is 30th April 2021.

Big Boughs At Bodnant

21 Apr

Husb and I just had a few days in North Wales, the first time we’ve been away from home since lockdown started over a year ago. It was lovely. Lots of places are still closed because of Covid19, so we packed picnics and took off into the countryside. Our first stop was the beautiful gardens of Bodnant where I saw this incredible tree that had fallen at some point and thrown up new, contorted boughs from where it lay. I chose my homemade walnut ink and vintage squirrel brushes onto some vintage Ingres paper I was given a few years back.

Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year are currently looking for artists to take part in the new series of the programme.

This amazing opportunity is open to all artists over 16, resident in the UK. To enter send in a landscape artwork that you have created within the last five years, via their website.

If selected to take part in the competition you will then be given the opportunity to paint a specially chosen, stunning landscape within the UK. The prize on offer is a £10,000 commission for a major British institution plus £500 worth of art materials from Cass Art. The deadline for applying to the competition is 30th April 2021.

A Bit More Cosi

24 Mar

cosi fan 2

Here are a couple more drawings I did at the opera the other evening, Cosi Fan Tutte at The Taliesin on Swansea University’s Singleton campus. It was very dark so I could hardly see the paper, an A4 brown paper spiral bound sketchbook. I used white and sanguine conté crayon, turning the white on its side to block in large areas and then scribbling with the sanguine.

cosi fan 1

My giant woodcut “Here Be Dragons” is going to be featured on Sky Arts TV channel on Tuesday 26th March at 9pm. If you’re a Sky TV subscriber or if you have NOW TV you’ll be able to see a short film of me going through the creative process, with lots about Swansea and footage of Swansea Print Workshop too. It’s part of a whole week of arts programming showing how artists across the UK have responded creatively to Brexit.

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You Know What I Did Last Summer?

26 Mar

You know what I did last Summer? Well, Husb and I took part in a reality TV programme for Sky Arts. It’s about spotting fake masterpieces in art galleries across the UK. We appear mainly in the episode from Cardiff but if I told you any more, I’d have to kill you lol 😀

Fake

That’s Husb in the picture from The Radio Times, peering through his great grandfather’s spectacles. And I’m in the background. It was a brilliant experience. I saw at first hand how programmes like this and The Great British Bake-off are put together (not at all glamorous) and I got to see brilliant art close up without hordes of people milling round.

The series starts this Tuesday, March 28th at 8pm and continues for 8 weeks. I hope I don’t come over as a div 😀

And on Wednesday March 29th ………

Invitation to End Frame

The End Frame events are free entry but please book tickets for ‘Big Eyes’ from Cinema & Co.

 

 

I have put my series of drawings of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you want to see more, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

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