The Cat Loves A Dali ….

I began to copy Salvador Dali’s “Christ Of Saint John Of The Cross” back in the Autumn, in a Zoom tutorial with the painter Ed Sumner. I started painting along with Ed early in lockdown in Spring 2020 and made it my pandemic goal to improve my painting skills. I’ve learned loads by copying greatContinue reading “The Cat Loves A Dali ….”

Sparta Puss And van Gogh’s Bedroom

I recently painted van Gogh’s Bedroom In Arles and here’s a one minute timelapse film of it. Sparta Puss “helped”. I painted it during a Zoom tutorial with the painter Ed Sumner who started the Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook at the start of lockdown in March 2020 to give people something toContinue reading “Sparta Puss And van Gogh’s Bedroom”

My Little Helper

Here’s a little time lapse video of Sparta Puss helping to paint a copy of a portrait of Frida Kahlo by the artist Nettsch (Annette Feldmann). She often helps. She’s very good at drinking the painting water; walking across the palette and leaving multi coloured footprints on the floor; chewing the end of the brushContinue reading “My Little Helper”

Carrying On With The Cat On #Caturday

I started this little canvas weeks ago, using up some leftover paints that I didn’t want to waste – they’re expensive. I sketched in a very rough shape of Sparta Puss on the chair and after a couple of layers using the paint as a thin wash, which I didn’t particularly like, I started addingContinue reading “Carrying On With The Cat On #Caturday”

Sparta Puss And Scraps

I’ve been gradually working on a small painting of Sparta Puss, using up scraps of leftover Liquitex acrylic paints scraped from my palette at the end of Ed Sumner’s weekly Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook. It’s based on a photograph of her curled up on a blanket crocheted many years ago by myContinue reading “Sparta Puss And Scraps”

Caturday’s Scribble

Had a busy day today, doing some essential shopping for a relative and getting my one hour government sanctioned lockdown brisk walk and now I just want to slob out on the settee watching mindless telly with Sparta Puss at my side. But I didn’t do any art! So I grabbed a new sketchbook (DalerContinue reading “Caturday’s Scribble”

Doing My Own Thing

I’ve been doing a fair bit of painting during lockdown. I challenged myself to improve my skills as I hardly ever paint. I’ve been doing a weekly practice session with the Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook, which has been great. I’ve learnt a lot. But today I decided that I should start toContinue reading “Doing My Own Thing”

A Cityscape, A Lush Loaf And A Spider Man

Earlier, before the rain started, we went to visit an elderly friend who lives high on the hill, observing social distance of course. I did a scribble into my Khadi sketchbook with some willow charcoal. It’s hard drawing a cityscape – it’s so packed with detail and charcoal is quite a blunt instrument, so IContinue reading “A Cityscape, A Lush Loaf And A Spider Man”

Dog And Cat

I did a bit of scribbling while I was watching Grayson’s (Perry) Art Club on Channel 4 earlier. I drew what was around me – mostly my Rocket Dog shoe and my cat. I used a ballpoint pen, it’s great for scribbling, into my A6 leatherbound sketchbook. Sparta Puss loves to stay by my side,Continue reading “Dog And Cat”

It’s All About The Cat

I was chatting to a young niece the other day and asked her if she looked at my blog or any of my social media stuff. “Only if there’s something about Sparta (my cat)” she said. Well, that puts me firmly in my place! Here’s Sparta Puss when she was a kitten, a tiny ballContinue reading “It’s All About The Cat”