Tag Archives: Swansea Print Workshop

The Sugar Loaf, Wales.

26 May
A Quick Scribble.

I visited the Brecon Beacons Visitor Centre near Libanus earlier this week and I joined a group on a guided walk and took off into the hills. Looking North East, I saw The Sugar Loaf, near Abergavenny, and had a scribble with my new Derwent Inktense blocks. I had a watercolour brush with a reservoir attached so after I did a very quick sketch, I worked into it with the water brush to create a ‘wash’ effect.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage 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.

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

Scribbling In The Mountains.

25 May
Another view of Pen Y Fan.

Here’s another sketch I did yesterday when I was visiting the Brecon Beacons. I walked a little way from the Visitor’s Centre to an ancient standing stone and noticed dark clouds looming above Pen Y Fan in the distance. So I sat on the grass and scribbled the view with Derwent Inktense blocks onto heavyweight Khadi paper.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage 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.

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

Up The Beacons.

24 May
Pen Y Fan in the distance.

I was up the Brecon Beacons today, at the National Park Visitor Centre near Libanus, and it was gloriously sunny. So I had to have a scribble, didn’t I? Pen Y Fan mountain was in the distance so I did a quick sketch using my new Derwent Inktense blocks onto heavyweight Khadi paper. I really like them, easy to use and they turn into sumptuous colours when I add water ( I used a portable watercolour brush, with a reservoir).

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage 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.

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

The Finished Bottom…

23 May
This bit’s done …

Almost finished copying Dali’s painting “Christ Of Saint John Of The Cross“. Today I did the final details on the bottom half of the picture, the sea and sky, the distant mountains and the foreground figures. I’m using Liquitex Heavy Body acrylics onto a stretched canvas with Winsor & Newton brushes for acrylics. It’s much smaller than the original, 50 x 40 cms instead of 205 x 116 cm, about quarter size. I started this in a tutorial from the painter Ed Sumner, who runs the weekly Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook, it helped keep me calm during the pandemic.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage 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.

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

Upside Down Again.

22 May
Painting The Details.

STILL painting my copy of Dali’s “Christ Of Saint John Of The Cross”. It’s the really complicated detailed bits now, so I learnt from my last one, Manet’s “A Bar At The Folies Bergere” that it’s easier at this stage of copying to turn it all upside down. That way you see what’s there, not what you think is there. I’m almost finished now, and I’m getting excited. Here‘s a link to a BBC documentary about the painting, it’s fascinating to watch Dali’s approach to the work.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage 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.

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

21 May
Painting The Figure.

I carried on painting my copy of Salvador Dali’s “Christ Of Saint John Of The Cross“. I started it last October in Ed Sumner’s ‘Cheese and Wine Painting Club‘ on Facebook. I’ve seen the original in Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Museum – it’s HUGE! I’m loving doing the figure because it’s right in my comfort zone, decades of life drawing practice paying off. But the bottom half, the sky and sea, is a different story – but more of that tomorrow.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage 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.

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

Cattitude!

20 May
A Scribble With Cattitude.

Greetings Bald Monkeys! Sparta Puss here. I haven’t been able to get my paws on the Hairless Apes pooter box for ages so my fans haven’t heard from me for a while. The stupid she-simian was staring at me earlier ….. so I stared right back at her! She had that stick with a dirty end in her hand and kept rubbing it on some paper until there were loads of scribbles then she turned it round and said “That’s you, that is”.

Idiot!

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage 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.

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

Knocking Back The Orange.

18 May
Jesus Almost Finished.

Here’s another masterpiece I started copying last year, October, in one of painter Ed Sumner’s tutorials, Surrealist Salvador Dali’s “Christ Of Saint John Of The Cross”.  I started studying weekly with Ed at the beginning of lockdown in 2020. I didn’t think that the pandemic would last so long, but it’s meant that I’ve learned such a lot about painting techniques and also art history, by studying from the great artists over the past couple of years. There’s a bit more faffing to do on the small figures at the bottom, then back to the figure on the cross, to knock back that orange tan and paint the final details.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage 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.

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

Done At Last….

16 May
Painting Finished!

Finally finished copying Edouard Manet’s “A Bar At The Folies Bergere“, it was hard but I learned loads about painting from one of the great painters. Of course, now I’ve decided that it’s done, I can see a lot of things that I could improve, but I have to call a halt to it sometime. The portrait was the easy bit as I’m used to figures – decades of life drawing pays off.

The Portrait Was The Easy Bit.

The really hard bits were the still-lifes – the bottles and glassware – and the interior scenes which are very atmospheric and completely out of my comfort zone. I started this back last Summer when I was following Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Paint Club on Facebook. Ed began the Club at the beginning of lockdown in 2020 to give people a chance to meet up every week and do a painting and he’s still keeping it going, every Friday lunchtime. Drop by and have a look 😀

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage 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.

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

A Hassle Of Bottles

15 May
Finished this group of bottles ….

I’ve finished the group of bottles on the left hand side of my copy of Edouard Manet’s painting “A Bar At The Folies Bergere”. There’s another group on the right of the picture to complete, but with fewer bottles and they’re mostly done, just some detailing to do. I feel like I’m getting near the end now. This is the first time I’ve tried painting a still-life and I’ve learned a lot, like, I shouldn’t faff so much. I was busting a gut to get lots of details in, but when I really look at Manet’s work, it’s quite rough. Because that’s what Impressionism was about, impressions, not details.

The bottles on the left.

Collective Noun?

There’s a bit of work to do around the bottom of the bottles, where they meet the marble counter, reflections, shadows and so on, but that’s it for this little lot. By the way, I found out that there isn’t a collective noun for bottles, I was looking for one for the title. So I thought, why not a Hassle of Bottles as it’s been a right hassle painting this lot 😀

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage 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.

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

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