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17 People, 2 Dogs And A Cat!

1 Feb

I carried on with my big painting today, working in more of the building blocks of the images. Some of them are pretty spot on but some are really difficult to do as I can’t get my head around the distortion caused by the computer screens and I’m falling into the trap of painting what I think is there, not what is actually there. I’m getting better at it though. I didn’t stop to think how big a task this would be when I started but today I added up all the figures – 17 people, 2 dogs and a cat. Talk about throwing myself in at the deep end. I’m using Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paint onto stretched canvas, with willow charcoal to sketch in the details.

 

 

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.

 

Practising The Weird

31 Jan

I decided to do some little charcoal studies onto paper for the big painting I’m working on, to practice the images before I commit them to canvas. There are lots of heads in the painting which look a bit weird because they’re on a computer screen. According to Husb this causes wide angle lens distortion. The lighting makes strange colour effects and differences in clarity are caused by high or low definition on the various computers. Problem with this is I keep wanting to draw what I think is there rather than what is actually there. I keep thinking “Oh, that doesn’t look right” but when I check back to the original, it is right, just weird. 

 

 

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.

Sketching The Details

30 Jan

I started sketching in some of the details onto my underpainting today, using willow charcoal as it’s easy to wipe off when you make a mistake. At this stage I’m just getting the features more or less in place rather than getting a perfect likeness because that’s going to be done later, probably the last thing to do. Not only are the colours weird but some of the faces are distorted too. This is fun, I wasn’t expecting to be enjoying painting so much.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Weirdness

29 Jan

I carried on with my new big painting today, it’s slow work, there will be many more layers of paint. It’s going to be about our family Zoom quiz that we have every week, since early in the first lockdown. The quiz connects family across South Wales, Cumbria and Australia and it’s so brilliant. I’ve taken screengrabs of the Zoom sessions to work from but the colours are so weird and I want to keep that weirdness in the final painting. I love it but I’m not sure my family will 😀 I’m using Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paint onto 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.

 

 

Layering Up

24 Jan

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I did a bit more work on the big painting I started yesterday. I’ve been improving my painting skills throughout the pandemic lockdown, joining in with Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook on Fridays. It’s been a long process, lots of fun as well, and it’s given me the confidence to try something of my own. I’ve always done drawing and printmaking, painting is quite new for me, but I feel like I’m getting somewhere now.  One of the things I’ve learned is to build up a painting with layers, if I make a mistake I can paint over it, and not to be too precious.

 

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.

Out Of The Attic….Into The Sunset

23 Jan

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At last I’ve got the confidence to get stuck into a painting that isn’t a copy of one of the greats or a portrait of my cat. I’ve spent my life drawing and printmaking, rarely painting, so this is pretty new for me. I re-used a large canvas I tried painting on about 8 years ago – I didn’t like it and it’s been up the attic ever since. I didn’t white it out because I don’t like what I call “the tyrrany of the white”, whether it’s paper or canvas, I prefer some colour and texture to work on top of. It looks abstract now, but this is just the beginning …. there’s lots more to come.

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After, Husb and I went out for our one-hour, government-sanctioned, socially-distanced, masked and sanitised walk and passed Amber Hiscott’s beautiful glass leaf in Castle Square glowing in the setting sun. I’ve always loved this artwork and it was exceptionally lovely today.

 

 

 

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.

 

And The Cat “Helped”

21 Jan

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And the cat “helped”. I went back to the two head drawings I did over the past couple of days and did a bit more work into them with black gouache. These are random heads and I’m going to keep building with gouache, colour is next, and see where it takes me. I’ve always loved German Expressionism, that rather brutal style but I have always found it hard to work in that way. But this mix of gouache and charcoal is giving me a lot of simplicity and brutality in my drawing / painting and I’m loving it.

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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.

Thanks Maggi

20 Jan

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I’m rewatching the BBC documentary on the artist Maggi Hambling on the recommendation of an artist chum. First time round I only watched superficially but this time I’m much more connected to it. I love the way she just picks up a sketchbook every morning and draws. Nothing planned, nothing precious, just draw. I tend to get very precious about my work, I become rigid and subvert myself with my need to plan and control what I’m doing so I picked up a stick of willow charcoal, a piece of rough Khadi paper and drew. No model, no reference photo, no prior drawing …. just drew from memory. That was cathartic. I need to do more of it. Thanks Maggi.

 

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.

 

Pushing Through The Fog

19 Jan

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I’m still finding it hard to get some creative ideas firmed up, during these 10 months of lockdown I’ve done loads of cooking and I’ve been learning to paint but coming up with something original has been really difficult.  I’m still trying though, hoping that something will push through the creative fog.

Anyway, today I just randomly browsed people’s faces on the Internet for anyone who interested me and I drew in willow charcoal first, then worked on it with black gouache and finally white gouache onto some very heavy, rough, handmade Khadi paper. I’m aiming to do one a day until the paper is used up and see what, if anything, might be triggered.

 

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.

Swoosh And Squiggle

14 Jan

Ton Outahs adjusted

If we weren’t in lockdown, I’d be doing life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop, but that’s off for the foreseeable future so here’s a blast from the past. I did this about 8 years ago, when I was going through a painty sort of phase, working from an original drawing. I wasn’t using brushes but putting down a coloured ground with lots of thin washes of translucent acrylic paints, swooshed across the surface of stretched paper with sponges. Then I drew on top, when it was dry, with Winsor & Newton Oil Bars, mostly in black and using an extender bar to thin it out and get those interesting squiggly textures with my fingers.

Ton Outahs stage 1

 

 

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.

 

 

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