Tag Archives: still life painting

Painting My Plums A Bit More

3 Aug

I started to paint a still life of plums from a food photo I took way back at the beginning of the Covid19 lockdown last Spring. I was cooking like a maniac and my creativity was channelled into photographing what I was doing. The photo is from a recipe called “Hot Buttered Plums” – here it is. It tastes lovely, even if I do say so myself.

I’ve built up layers of translucent glazes of Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paint over the original layers of opaque colours. I’m trying to get the renaissance-y look of the original photo so there’s a long way to go yet.

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.

Painting My Plums

27 Jul

Back at the beginning of lockdown, about 16 months ago now, I lost all interest in doing art but got obsessively into cooking. I took photos of what I was doing as I went along and blogged them. Then I found Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook and got stuck into doing a weekly fake. A few people have suggested that I should try painting still lifes from some of my cookery photos. So I though, “Why not, eh?” So I’m starting with my plums. I think the photo looks a bit Northern Renaissance, so lets see if I can recreate that.

Here are the first two stages, using Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paint onto a stretched canvas. The colours are Mars Black, Magenta and Unbleached Titanium and they’re all opaque. I’ll try layering translucent paints on top later.

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.

Flowery Finish!

12 Jan

roses 8

That’s it! Had enough of painting a posy with a palette knife! Way out of my comfort zone! It’s good practise though and I had to be really disciplined to carry on with it until I got something reasonable, rather than just slap a load of white paint over it all and recycle the canvas. I started this last Friday at Ed Sumner’s weekly Cheese and Wine Painting Club over on Facebook. He’s been running this since lockdown began last March and it’s free or a donation if you 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.

Paint And Pyjamas

9 Jan

roses 6.jpg

It’s the weekend, it’s 10 months into lockdown and to be honest, I couldn’t be bothered to get out of my pyjamas. But I did do a little bit more work on the painting I began yesterday with the Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook. It’s run weekly by the painter Ed Sumner and it helps quite a lot of people cope with this relentless pandemic. This one still needs a fair bit of work but there’s always tomorrow – I’ll change my pyjamas and carry on 😀

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Not My Kind Of Thing …… But ….

8 Jan

roses 5

Today I had my weekly lunchtime date with The Cheese And Wine Painting Club run by the painter Ed Sumner. This week’s subject is a vase of flowers. It’s not my kind of thing and it’s hard, but it’s really good practice. The basics of the painting are done now but I’ll probably do another couple of hours on it over the weekend.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Another Fabulous Faking Friday

22 Nov

Rosie Scribblah daisies

This weeks Friday fake with the Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook is The Daisies by Matisse. It’s a lovely composition, strong and simple with fabulous colours. I read that Matisse hoarded tons of stuff so that he had loads to choose from to arrange in his still life and portrait paintings yet his style is uncluttered. Here are the steps below.

 

 

 

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.

 

Lockdown 2.0: Still Faking And Baking

24 Oct

mountain 5

Wales is in hard lockdown again, like we were in March, we’re going to be more or less housebound for the next two weeks. So plenty of time to fill up. Today I did another session with the Cheese and Wine Painting Club over on Facebook, learning how to copy a painting, this week we did a Bob Ross. I love old Bob. I can’t say I’m that keen on his work, but he had great technical skill and he was a wonderful broadcaster. I could watch him all day. I haven’t finished yet – the trees on the right look a bit post-apocalyptic and need some foliage. I also need to put in a few happy little bushes and some more reflections. Maybe another hour or so.

As well as faking, I also did some baking – an upside down mango elderflower drizzle cake – mixing up my genres there. Tasted very nice though, especially warm with cream. Next week’s painting session, hosted by the very talented and entertaining Ed Sumner, is Monet’s “The Magpie”.

mango and elderflower

 

 

 

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.

In this one, I combined snippets of a bird and discarded plastic with the image of a bug, part of the Museum’s fascinating vintage collection.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

 

The Finishing Touch: 2

20 Oct

Cezanne still life final

I’ve had this fake Cezanne on my easel for nearly a fortnight now. It was almost finished but it took me a while to get around to doing the final touches as I wasn’t quite sure what still needed to be done and when to call a halt. It helped to have a break, without looking at it. In the end, it didn’t need much more, some highlights and lowlights and tidying up the lines around everything.

I photographed the stages of the painting (above) from the first squirt of bright pink to set a hot background (on a recycled canvas), through filling in the main shapes, adding the background and foreground and eventually touching in the fine details.

Cezanne still life final detail

Here’s a close up of a detail. Cezanne characteristically applied the paint quite roughly and put outlines around the forms. I’ve been practicing painting with the Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook, which has just switched to Saturday lunchtimes, from Fridays. It’s led by Ed Sumner who takes us through the techniques of the artist we’re studing over an hour and a half. Please follow the link above for more information.

 

 

 

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.

In this one, I combined snippets of a bird and discarded plastic with the image of a bug, part of the Museum’s fascinating vintage collection.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

 

Double Faking

11 Oct

cliffs still life combo

I spent some time faking today, doing more work on the fake Monet I started on Friday and the fake Cezanne from the previous Friday. I’m a bit behind, never mind. I’m following the Cheese and Wine painting Club on Facebook, painting a weekly fake as one of my lockdown challenges, to improve my painting skills. I’m learning loads, including patience! Most of the painters I’ve been studying build their painting up in layers, many layers, painstakingly. Even those that look dashed off are not. Maybe a couple more hours needed on these – I’ll work on them tomorrow. I’m using Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paint onto prepared canvases from Wilkinsons.

 

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.

In this one, I combined snippets of a bird and discarded plastic with the image of a bug, part of the Museum’s fascinating vintage collection.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

 

The Underlying Barbie-ness

5 Oct

cezanne still life 6

I started this fake Cézanne last Friday at the lunchtime Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook. It’s my 17th fake – one of the lockdown challenges I set myself was to improve my painting skills and I love studying the work of other artists.

I began with a pink background, which was a bit of a shock at first but was soon muted by layers of colour which took on the intense warmth of the underlying Barbie-ness. Another couple of hours should see it finished. I’m using Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paint onto a primed canvas from Wilkinsons. This particular canvas was recycled with a layer of gesso after I rejected the previous week’s fake 😀

Next up at the Cheese and Wine Painting Club is Monet’s “Cliffs At Etretat”. Come and join in, it’s fun and you get to learn a lot. Suitable for beginners and children.

 

 

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.

In this one, I combined snippets of a bird and discarded plastic with the image of a bug, part of the Museum’s fascinating vintage collection.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

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