Painting should, more realistically, be called ‘colour mixing’ – because eighty percent of my ‘painting’ time is spent mashing up colour combinations with my palette knife. It’s a heck of a job: The potential for botching things is almost as high as the potential for wasting copious amounts of paint. (The two often go hand in hand.) I prefer to over-estimate … More First-rate Finds: Freezing Oil Paint
Last week I painted a pumpkin and when I finished it, I didn’t feel satisfaction so much as relief. Perhaps it was the adjustment to painting something larger than 10cm x 10cm that fatigued me. I began optimistically enough, but the process was very interrupted and the painting carried on sporadically over a few days. … More Lessons from an Introverted Pumpkin
For readers who don’t much care about the technical aspects of this art experiment, this post mightn’t be for you… Perhaps you could pull up some YouTube clips of cats or puppies instead. However, if you’re the least bit curious about the methods I employ to turn out a painting for this blog, stick around. In … More First-rate Finds: Using the viewfinder
I made some rather heady, rash choices in the green grocer’s the other day because instead of concentrating, I was contemplating my next painting as I shopped. I am now facing the awkward consequences of buying fresh produce based purely on shape or colour, rather than my need of them for the week’s menu. So … More Mixing your vegetables: The seedy underbelly of fresh produce.
I took a break from painting over the past couple of weeks to stay sane during school holidays. We went camping in the rain, so clearly the sanity side of things was loosely defined. One thing I really began to appreciate while mucking about in the wet, was a hot cup of tea. So I guess it doesn’t … More It’s in the bag: Staying sane while camping.