I’m Rosie Scribblah, AKA Rose Davies and I’m mainly a printmaker and scribbler. I haven’t done much painting since Foundation course in art college back in the 1970s but when Lockdown started in Spring 2020, I found it hard to concentrate on my “serious” work. I found that the subject matter I was coming up with for drawings and prints was quite dark and after a few weeks of lockdown, I realised that pursuing these themes was bad for my mental health, so I looked around for another creative outlet, temporarily (as I thought).

I found a painter called Ed Sumner who started the Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook, originally to entertain his little girl and her friends, who weren’t able to go to school, and their families, but in a few weeks it had really taken off with hundreds of people of all ages and artistic abilities tuning in to Facebook Live every Friday lunchtime. Ed took a “masterpiece” a week and we painted along with him. The lockdown, as we know, went on and on for 18 months and Ed kept the paint club going (free for those that couldn’t afford it). It was a lifeline for me, a chance to do something creative each week while improving my painting skills and I ended up doing about 60 paintings. We covered a lot of different artists and styles, some simple (Picasso’s quite easy), some very complex (Manet – phew!!!)

Although I call them “Fakes” that’s tongue in cheek as they’re legal copies. I sign them with my own name and I provide each one with a certificate of authentication that explains the process and their legal status. They’re painted in Liquitex Acrylic paint onto prepared, stretched canvas. The paint is professional quality and should last a few hundred years if the work is taken care of.

Selected Works by Rose Davies