Tag Archives: taxidermy

The Janus Mask

25 Oct

Tonya 3

Here’s another life drawing from the session at Swansea Print Workshop the other evening, with a 30 minute pose drawn with black, white and sanguine conté crayon onto black paper. Our marvellous model wore two masks on the front and back of her head, like a Janus figure.

Chelsea buns

I did some baking today. We’re on hard lockdown again and I did a lot of baking first time round – it passes time and produces lovely things to eat. I made the dough with 3/4 strong white flour and 1/4 wholemeal. I turned it into a large loaf and 4 Chelsea Buns – one of our favourites for tea.

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.

 

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 Masked Model

23 Oct

Tonya 10 min

This is the 10 minute pose I did at last night’s life drawing session at Swansea Print Workshop. Our masked model is fabulous, such a great personality and that shows in her poses – mind you, all our models have loads of personality. Life models are the unsung heroes of the art world. I used black, white and sanguine conté crayon onto black paper, size A2.

 

 

 

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.

 

Prepping Paper

21 Oct

walnut 2

I’ve got some large rolls of Fabriano Accademica paper hanging around so I thought I’d stretch some of it on the wall, seal it with acrylic gesso and then colour it with some of my home-made walnut ink. And why not?

I’ll cut it up and use it for life drawing. I’ve been taking black paper to the life drawing group and I’m liking the results of working onto a dark background. The walnut ink isn’t just dark, it will also provide a load of texture to work on top of.

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.

 

The Finishing Touch: 1

19 Oct

monet cliffs final

I’ve had this fake Monet on my easel for over a week now. It was nearly finished but I couldn’t get around to doing the final touches until today. I wasn’t quite sure what still needed to be done – it’s easy to keep on and on working on something, especially a painting or drawing, and hard to know when to call time. When I came back to it this afternoon I decided that really all it needed was to knock the intensity of the colour back a bit by covering most of it with a very thin wash of white paint and water. The version on the left below was how I left it, the version on the right is how I finished it today.

The difference is very slight and in some ways I prefer the one on the left, but the purpose of the exercise was to try and make it reasonably accurate and the original painting has paler, more pastel colours, it’s not particularly bright. Here’s a detail, below, which gves a better view of the slightly chalky surface after I put on the white wash earlier.

monet cliffs final detail

Here’s a slide show of the different stages of the painting, from the first coat of pale pink paint to today’s finished version.

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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.

The Last Pose Step By Step

17 Oct

Chrissy 60 mins 5

Here’s the final pose I did at this week’s life drawing session at Swansea Print Workshop. It was about 50 minutes long and I was able to get into quite a bit of detail. I started with some squiggles in white conté crayon onto black paper, to map out the basic figure. Then I put flesh on the bones, so to speak, with sanguine conté crayon, building up the midtones and highlights. Finally, I went in with a black conté to do some refined line work.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

I Like A Recliner

13 Oct

fat dave B6

I love to draw a reclining pose at life drawing. It’s my favourite – I’m a glutton for awkward foreshortening. It’s a nice one for the model too, they can relax a bit after the series of short poses – this is a 60 minute pose.

I used three conté crayons in white, sanguine and black onto black paper. I’m enjoying working onto a very dark background, I think it makes the drawings ‘zing’.

 

 

 

 

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.

Quick Ones

12 Oct

dave 5 mins

 

We always start the life drawing sessions at Swansea Print Workshop with some short warm-up poses, because of the speed they’re very free and force you to get down what is essential in the figure rather than focusing on detail. It’s also  chance to play around with mark making – scribbly lines and very rough hatching. The two poses above are 5 minutes and here’s a 10 minute pose below.

 

dave 10 mins

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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