Tag Archives: The Lake District

Pastel Sausages And Scribbles.

30 Apr
Trying out my new pastels.

I gave my new pastels from Florence Paintmakers a go today, on some black paper, just messing around to get the feel of them. Nice. Looks like a box of sausages though 😀

Scribbling a head. More to come.

Then I had a go at sketching a head from a photo. Didn’t have time to do much today, but I’ll finish this tomorrow. I like the easy, scribbly action of the pastels, although they’re very soft and crumbly. Gorgeous though.

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.

Pastels And Pigments.

27 Apr
The pastel tins from Florence Paintmakers.

Husb and I went to the Lake District for a break a couple of weeks ago and took ourselves off to the gorgeous town of Keswick. On the Main Street there’s a lovely little gallery, The Graphite Gallery, where I was able to indulge my love of natural pigments and talk at length with a fellow enthusiast. The gallery stocks pigments made locally by Florence Paintmakers, a Cumbrian artists’ collective in Egremont. I couldn’t resist them. I can’t wait to get stuck in!

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.

Scribbles And Scratchings

16 Apr
Making marks and textures.

Here’s the last drawing from my recent trip to The Lake District. I went to see Castle Rigg, the ancient stone circle, but it was packed with visitors and I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to draw. So I walked the perimeter of the field and looked out into the countryside and this vista caught my eye. I tried not to get bogged down in detail, instead concentrated on building up layers and layers of textured marks and then scratched into them. I used Rembrandt pastels onto 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.

Fog From The Tower.

14 Apr
Many Layers Of Soft Pastels.

Husb and I spent a few days in The Lake District, on a little peninsula called Roa Island, in a house with a tower and fantastic scenery over Morecambe Bay and the Irish Sea. One day it was light but foggy so I decided to draw the view from one of the Tower windows. It was hard! It was so misty and indistinct and the colours so subtle. It reminded me of some of the atmospheric paintings of J.M.W. Turner. It’s more complex than it looks, it’s built up of layers and layers of little marks in lots of colours, using Rembrandt pastels onto a very heavy and textured Khadi handmade paper. It’s interesting coming so far out of my comfort zone.

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.

Faces On The Train

13 Apr
Faces On The Cumbrian Coast Line.

Husb and I had a few days away in Cumbria, The Lake District, and booked a journey on the Cumbrian Coast Line all the way to the ancient city of Carlisle. It was a long journey because it meandered around the coast with loads of tiny local stops, but I enjoy train travel, especially as it gives me a chance to sketch fellow travellers.

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 Sellafield

12 Apr
A Quick Scribble From The Train.

Went on the Cumbrian Coast Line train around The Lake District the other day, and passed Sellafield, the nuclear power station. The train stopped for a few minutes so I had a quick scribble. It’s a grim-looking pile in the middle of beautiful countryside, but that makes for an interesting contrast. I used a ballpoint pen into my A5 leather-bound sketchbook.

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.

Along The Causeway.

11 Apr
Light and Dark on the Causeway.

Another quick sketch from my recent holiday in The Lake District. Husb and I went walking along the causeway at Roa Island, very different to the usual scenery in the Lakes. It’s very flat marshes either side of the narrow, very straight, road. I used conte crayons in black, white and sanguine into a brown paper sketchbook.

The Causeway At Roa Island

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.

View From Hawkshead

10 Apr
A quick drawing of the view across the mountains.

Had a few days away in the Lake District and scribbled away in my brown paper sketchbook with conte crayons in black, sanguine and white. Here’s the view from the top of the cemetery in the lovely town of Hawkshead. It was beautiful weather too. I did the sketch very quickly, focusing on getting the bare bones of the composition.

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.

Giving It A Go

22 Oct

It’s almost half a century since I rocked up, in flares and platforms, at the Foundation Course in Swansea Art School, determined to be a painter. Then I did the module in printmaking and retired my paintbrushes. Until the pandemic lockdown started in Spring last year. We were only allowed out of the house for an hour a day and I discovered Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook when I was looking for something to do to pass the time. After so many decades I thought, “Why not give it a go”. So for 15 months I have been copying great works of art, which is Ed’s way of teaching, and that gave me the confidence to start choosing my own subjects to paint, with varying degrees of success. This landscape in acrylics is based on a pastel drawing I did en plein air at Birkrigg Common in the Lake District last month.

I used a textured canvas, I scrape leftover paint from the Painting Club sessions onto spare canvases. Waste not, want not. Then I applied the coloured “ground” that Ed Sumner recommends doing. And from then on, I followed the original drawing, using Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paints and a mixture of brushes and palette knives. I can see the influence of some of the artists we have studied, especially van Gogh and Hockney; I need to keep working at it to find my own style.

Here’s my original drawing. I prefer it to the painting, I love the immediacy and the nature of the Daler Rowney soft oil pastels onto a very rough Khadi paper. But I’m still a novice at painting so I must get more practice in.

My lovely nephew (in the middle) along with these other wonderful young people have benefitted from the Children In Need charity and now they’re giving something back. They’re the Surprise Squad (more about them here) and you can follow their adventures on BBC1s “The One Show“, 15th – 18th November. I know that times are hard, but if you can spare a quid or two, please consider donating to Children In Need (here). They really do make a difference to young lives. Thank you xxx

Painting From A Drawing

25 Sep

I’m starting to paint my own work now, after 18 months of copying great artists with Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook. I did a pastel drawing when I was visiting the Lake District last week and I’m developing it into a painting. Here’s a section of it, using Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paints onto stretched canvas. It still needs a lot of work.

Here’s my pastel drawing, using Daler Rowney Artists Pastels onto Khadi handmade paper. I stopped to sketch on a walk across Birkrigg Common.

This is me with my young nephew who has been helped enormously by LATCH: The Children’s Cancer Charity over the past 3 years. We’ve got together to raise funds for LATCH, which is a small independent charity. Please click on the link below to find out more. Thanks xxx

LATCH, The Children’s Cancer Charity, Painting Fundraiser

I’ve been painting these ‘fakes’ with Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook since lockdown started in Spring 2020. I’m selling some of them to raise funds for this lovely charity which has given so much support to my young relative over the past few years.

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If you would like to see the paintings and maybe buy one, please click on the boats picture to visit the page. Thanks xxx

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