Tag Archives: Surrealism

Finally Finished Faking Magritte’s “Son Of Man”

8 Dec

Son of man final

Finally finished faking the “Son Of Man” by The Belgian Surrealist artist René Magritte that I started last Friday with the Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook. It’s surprising how complex it is. The composition is simple but the paintwork is very subtle and detailed. I could do a bit more work on it, to make the paintwork more refined and polished, but I think I’ve learned what I wanted and it’s time to stop. Here are the stages below, using Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paint onto a cheap Wilko’s 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.

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.

Just Slogging Now …

1 Dec

Magritte 8

I carried on working on the little fake Magritte, Son Of Man, that I started last week. It’s not exciting work, just slogging now. Most of  it has been done and I’m building up the layers and starting to make corrections. This afternoon, after a hefty stint down the allotment (I’m aching) I added a lot of small, fine detail to the brickwork, I think that’s probably finished now. Then I made the hands wider and extended them down by quite a lot – you can see how much by the hand on the right. I also made the face longer, the apple smaller, repositioned the shirt collar and tie, and made the leaves larger with white paint, ready for green next time. I think one more session should finish it. I’m using Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paints.

 

I’ve been joining in with the Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook on Friday lunchtimes, where painter Ed Sumner leads us in doing a painting by a great artist. This Friday lunchtime it’s a van Gogh Sunset.  The sessions are free or a donation if you can afford to. He’s been doing these since the lockdown started back in March.

 

 

 

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.

Doing The Detail

29 Nov

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I carried on faking “Son Of Man” by René Magritte today, focusing on the finer details, like the brickwork on the wall, rendering the cloth on the coat and sketching in the shirt, tie and hands. I can see what needs some attention – the left lapel, the hat brim and the apple which is too large, the hands are too small. I’m learning a lot about applying paint from doing this one, working wet on wet and blending colours directly on the canvas. I hope to get it finished tomorrow.

I paint a fake every Friday lunchtime with the Cheese and Wine Painting Club over on Facebook – it’s my lockdown challenge. I think this is number 25. Painter Ed Sumner, who runs the club, has done 35 since lockdown started in March. The cost is a donation or free for those who can’t afford it. The next one, on December 4th, is van Gogh’s sunset.

Faking A Man With An Apple For A Face

27 Nov

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Today’s painting session with Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook is a famous painting by the Belgian Surrealist artist René Magritte, “The Son Of Man”. It isn’t finished, I reckon a couple of hours over the weekend should do it.

I set myself a lockdown challenge to improve my painting skills and found this paint club. This is my 26th painting (I think). It’s working, I’m getting better at it. The next Cheese and Wine Painting Club is an extra one tomorrow (Saturday 28th November) painting a Winter landscape.  And next Friday lunchtime it’s a van Gogh Sunset. If you fancy joining in, it’s suitable for anyone over the age of 5, it’s family friendly and it costs a donation or free for those who can’t afford to.

 

 

 

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.

 

Marbling With The Surrealists

8 Sep

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This is a bit of experimentation I did, marbling some paper with black oil paint floated onto a bowl of water. I dipped a sheet of paper onto the surface of the paint and lifted it off and dried it. Then I used my imagination to see and draw shapes with compressed charcoal – a vaguely human image emerged. This spontaneous and imaginative approach was used extensively by the Surrealists in the early 20th century, as a way to loosen up creatively.

 

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.

In this one, I combine some of the images with snippets of text of things my Nana used to say. She used to take me to Swansea Museum a lot when I was little and I could hear her voice in the back of my head as I was sitting and drawing the birds and bugs.

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

 

 

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