Saturday, 15 February 2014

Back in the Saddle . . .

Well, it has been 16 days since my last painting.  I had to catch up on things around the house, clean up my messy studio and finish up the paintings from the challenge.  The last couple of days I have spent time going over what seems like millions of photographs, cropping and trying to decide what my next project will be.  Plus I have a commission that I need to attend to very soon.  Perhaps I'll work on two pieces simultaneously.

I couldn't let it go on one day longer, this no painting!  I cleaned up my acrylic palettes, cleared off my drawing table and pulled out a nice fresh white canvas and set to it!

Last month I made an impulse buy; a jar of Golden red oxide acrylic paint that was on sale for a good price.  It's not a colour that I usually use when painting with acrylics, but something in my head said, "Go for it!  You know you'll use it!".  Having said that, I have used transparent red oxide with my oils and quite like it.  Today I cracked the jar open and used it to block in my next painting; the fourth in the Driftwood series.  I think that this could become another favourite colour, especially for sketching and blocking in!  Oh heck, who am I kidding? . . . . I've never met a colour that I didn't like! I love them all!  They all have something redeeming about them.

It sure does feel good to pick up the brush again and I must say, I'm finding that I have retained some really good things from the 30 in 30 challenge!

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