Seriously, its middle of September, officially Spring and I have just put the heater on as I try to warm up.
For those of you on the other side of the world dreaming of a respite from the heat, may I propose a house swap?
Ugh, my fingers are purple and I haven’t even been painting today. Well no real painting. Bit of touch up stuff but other than that it has been the usual Sunday chores and now some quiet time in my now tidy studio while I bitch about the weather.
So much for not grumbling on my blog eh?
So whats happening in your life? I’m still working extra hours which might have the positive of helping me get a new car. Maybe even an actual, never been owned by anyone but me new car.
After two and a half years of driving into the city mostly during peak hour in my little sexy Getz, I am over the manual transmission and the whole riding the clutch while we crawl along at 15kph.
We went looking yesterday at the cute little Suzuki Swift and apart from fitting my budget, its a really nice little car. So far it ticks most of the boxes and I might be a little in love already. Although that can all change when I actually take one for a test drive.
Couple of weeks until I will get that opportunity so plenty of time to look around still…
24 or so hours later..
So Sunday finished with a trip to the Archery club despite the bitterly cold wind to watch the final rounds of a charity tournament.
Then suddenly it was Monday again and with another full day of work over, I have my feet up watching the Aussie version of “Survivor” as I type this.
The heater is on again, its still cold in the evenings although at least today the rain has stopped for now.
But enough about the cold.
My latest painting is progressing.
I had struggled last week as the photo I was working from was slightly skewed and it messed with my brain a little as I tried to work from a lopsided horizon line.
So a new week and a reprinted edited photo meant that a lot of my original painting was reworked.
The whole image was made larger in composition and I started work on skin tones and fabric.
What attracted me to the original photo was the play of light. And that is the challenge I have set myself in trying to capture that light and keep the whole feel “loose”
It’s still got a fair way to go before I will be happy, and working it in oils, it is still a real learning process but this is the process this week.
Lots of fiddling before stopping at this point.
I’m liking it, to be honest. And enjoying the paint. Very different from my last couple of portraits but a style I want to explore more.
It’s on a canvas sheet, like a lot of my “quickies” but that is more because of convenience than anything else. It’s portable and even possibly disposable if it all goes wrong.
And if it goes well, easily framed.
So there you go, just a bit of what is happening for me at the moment.
Life is good if busy.
And that’s what’s important.