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Woman In Gold In A Minute And Lots Of Fakes

8 Apr

For most of the past year, since the first lockdown began, I have been painting fakes on Fridays with Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook. Here are the first 28 – I’ve got about another 20 since I did these.

And here’s a timelapse video of me painting Gustav Klimt’s Woman In Gold in a minute!!!! Yes, a minute. Klimt took 4 years! 😀

I Took My Time

10 Jan

Klimt 10

At last I’ve finished painting the fake Klimt “Woman In Gold, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer 1” that I started a few weeks back on an online tutorial with the painter Ed Sumner. I’ve put more into this than any of the other fakes I’ve done throughout lockdown – over 30 so far – but apparently Klimt spend 4 years on the original so I haven’t done too badly for a couple of months on and off. The original used loads of gold leaf but I had to make do with metallic acrylic paints (Liquitex) which are pretty good but a pain to photograph. I also did some of the finer line work with a gold metallic pen which looks great on the painting but is very prominent in the photo – never mind.

Ed Sumner runs the Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook on Fridays – it’s free or a donation if you can afford to. It’s a great way of getting through this interminable pandemic lockdown and there’s all sorts of people doing it, all ages, all ability levels and it’s fun. Come and join in. Next Friday we’re going to be faking a David Hockney.

 

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.

 

Oh So Close

7 Jan

Klimt 9a

I’ve been working on this fake of Klimt’s “Woman In Gold – Portrait Of Adele Bloch-Bauer” for ages on and off. I started it during a Zoom painting tutorial with the painter Ed Sumner about 2 months ago and it’s about time I finished it. But it’s so absorbing and you could just keep on adding more and more detailing. I bought some metallic gold and silver pens today and had a go with those, instead of breaking my paints out. The pens are much quicker, but I’ll still need to do a bit more painting as I don’t have a bronze/copper pen. Her face is sketched in, needs a little bit more attention and then I think I’ll work it up with colour pencils as it’s so tiny I don’t think I’ll be able to do it well in paint. I’m so close to finishing now though.

Klimt 9b

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Klimt, Rivera, Brangwyn ….. Banksy?

2 Dec

Klimt 8a

Still plugging away, this time on the fake Woman In Gold – Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer –  by Gustav Klimt. This is a real labour of love. I want to do it well, but the original is so complex that it’s taking ages. Apparently Klimt took about 4 years to do it. He started his career as a muralist, working on a huge scale on massive decorative public art. That’s somehing we seem to have lost in Western art in recent years. In the first half of the 20th century they were really popular and great artists worked on murals – Gustav Klimt, Frank Brangwyn and Diego Rivera. Where are the muralists now? Banksy maybe?

Klimt 8b

I’m working with Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paint onto a cheap canvas. I’m using mainly metallics – copper, antique gold and silver, with some titanium white, mars black, Turner yellow, lemon yellow, orange. I’m using various techniques that I have been learning about in the Cheese and Wine Painting Club that I take part in each week – dry brush, wet on wet, and scraffito – scraping into the wet paint to the dry paint underneath. Klimt used gold leaf in the original, but I’m not going to go to that much effort. I’m focusing on the decorative work first and I’ll finish the portrait and hair when that’s finished.

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 coming Friday 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.

Building The Woman In Gold

25 Nov

Klimt 6a

I carried on doing some work on my copy of Gustav Klimt’s “Woman In Gold” today, building up the layers of sumptuous decoration on her dress and the background. I started this a few weeks ago when I enrolled on a Zoom painting tutorial taught by the painter Ed Sumner. Ed has been running free painting classes every Friday lunchtime since lockdown began – I think he’s done 35 so far. But mid week, he organises paid tutorials with very small groups. Check him out here.

Klimt 7

The Woman In Gold – portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, is one of my favourite paintings and Klint one of my favourite artists. It’s so elaborate, it’s taking me ages and apparently it took Klimt about 4 years to complete the original. I’m concentrating on the decorative parts first, I’ll leave the portrait until the end.

Klimt 6b

The painting was stolen by the Nazis during World War 2 and Adele’s niece, Maria Altmann, tried to get the painting back for her family. The story was made into a film in 2015 starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds, it’s one of my favourite films – here’s the trailer

 

 

 

 

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.

 

In The Zone

10 Nov

Klimt 5

I’ll be working on this fake Klimt for ages. It’s so detailed. The composition is more or less ok and I’ll leave the finer points of the portrait until the end, so now I’m doing loads and loads of patterns. It’s nice though, I just relax and get in the zone. I’m learning so much as well about how to handle paint and brushes. It’s such good practice to study a painting in depth, analysing how the artist did it. This is one of the paintings I’ve done with the Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook on Fridays. Next Friday is a Rousseau.

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.

Painting Gold And Copper

8 Nov

Klimt 4

I did some more work on my copy of Gustav Klimt’s “Woman In Gold” today. I started it mid week on a Zoom painting tutorial with painter Ed Sumner who runs the Friday lunchtime Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook. My #lockdown2020 challenge is to improve my painting skills and I’m learning loads. I think this is the 23rd painting I’ve copied since April, using Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paints and Daler Rowney brushes for acrylics. I’m trying out the metallic ones in gold and copper.

Klimt 4a

It’s so interesting to study another artist’s techniques. Klimt’s composition is quite simple, the portrait sublime and everything else is playing with patterns. It’s a good exercise in using paint and brushes in different ways too. Sometimes I’m using them like watercolours, thin and fine, then I’m stippling with the flat end of a brush and fairly thick paint – like Bob Ross does his happy little trees. Then I’m using a ‘dry brush’ technique, dragging small amounts of paint across the canvas surface, depositing a tiny amount, almost imperceptible. It’s all good practice.

If you want to join in with the painting club, check it out here, the next one is a Rousseau. The Friday lunchtime sessions are free if you don’t have much to spare, or a donation if you can afford to. People join in from all over the world, all ages, and it’s good fun as well as learning a lot.

 

 

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.

Woman In Gold

4 Nov

Klimt 4

 

I signed up for one of painter Ed Sumner’s small tutorial groups this evening, copying “Woman In Gold” by Gustav Klimt – one of my favourite artists, paintings and films (Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds).  It was a very intense two hours and there’s loads more to do, but that’ll keep me occupied for the next few days of hard lockdown. Please check out Ed’s Friday afternoon Cheese and Wine Painting Club that he’s been doing weekly since the Covid19 lockdown started in March. The Friday sessions are free for those that can’t afford to pay and a donation at the discretion of those that can. This Friday’s is a van Gogh.

Off to bed now, it’s late, and I’ll be carrying on with this for the foreseeable future …..

Grow Up, Step Up

21 Jul

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I’ve been working on a series of tiny reduction relief prints and last week I printed the first colour. Today I began cutting the second colour from the blocks. This is called the reduction or ‘suicide’ method as you systematically destroy the block leaving no room for error. I was chatting to an experienced etcher today who said he found the reduction method too terrifying. I guess I may be a masochist! It’s a risky business as I don’t work from detailed designs, I do a rough initial drawing straight onto the block and then cut instinctively so I won’t know if it works out until I print the next colour. The temptation is to cut away too much; you can always cut away a bit more once you’ve done a proof print, but you can’t add anything back.

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The imagery has been inspired by a visit I made to the Berlin Holocaust Memorial a couple of winters ago. It’s not a slavish copy but an interpretation of what I saw and how I felt about it. My inspiration was strengthened this evening when Husb and I went to the cinema to see ‘Woman In Gold‘, an extraordinary and moving film. My generation grew up with parents and grandparents who had been involved in massive world wars and the aftermath hung over our childhoods. As that generation of elders that fought World War 2 is dying out, there is a terrifying rise of xenophobia across Europe and the responsibility of remembering the horrors of industrial scale murder falls onto the shoulders of we Baby Boomers. We’ve had a privileged existence and now it’s time to grow up, step up and do the right thing. We stand on the shoulders of giants, we mustn’t forget what they fought and suffered for.

 

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