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Well, as the saying goes, Thank F it's Friday! Another week over and another opportunity to ogle all the other wonderful art blogs participating in Paint Party Friday.
This week I did precisely no art work at all. I have reasons/excuses for this which are as follows:-
- My stepson K is over for a week's holiday from Scotland. I still had to work so my evenings were spent playing Uno/Smart Ass/Logo at the kitchen table instead of painting at the kitchen table. I was going to paint last night but then realised K goes home today so my time would be better spent playing some more board games with him and S instead. I can paint tonight.
- The weather has been pretty nice this week (for Ireland) and so after work most evenings, we headed out to the local park/beach for a jog/play around with the pups before coming home for said board games.
- Er, actually that's all.
I mentioned in my last post that my love/hate relationship with oils is continuing. I decided last weekend that I didn't like what I had done so far with the painting of my sister's house as it wasn't textured enough and I do love a bit of texture. I also felt like it was trying to be photo-realistic and unless I could do that really well (which I can't) I decided I needed it to be more impressionistic but still look like what it's meant to be. Therein lies my dilemma.
I repainted everything I had done so far. Then I was just getting it all muddy as there was too much wet paint. So I stuck it out in S's tool shed just to get it off the kitchen table (for the games' evenings as mentioned above!) and haven't looked at it since. The perspective is skew-whiff but I think if I can get that sorted then it might still be salvageable. Otherwise, bro-in-law will be getting Amazon vouchers for his birthday instead! Anyway, no photo of that this week so instead, I present you with:
|The Walled Garden, Bangor, Northern Ireland|
This is a little bit of a cheat in that this was the cover illustration for the Sketchbook Project which I sent off on its American travels in January. However, a friend of mine liked two of the paintings (here and here) and wondered if I would sell them. I explained that they were part of the sketchbook and I didn't have them any more but I would print them off onto watercolour paper and she could have the prints.
While I was printing them I decided to do one for us as well and asked S to choose one. This is the one he chose which wouldn't have been my first choice but actually it'll look pretty good up on our living room wall! By the way - a normal printer really doesn't like dealing with card or watercolour paper - I had to fight with ours to get it to run it through properly but got there eventually!
Hopefully, I'll be back on track next week with more new art work and I'll have finally gotten the perspective on that damn oil painting sorted out! I'm off now to have a gleek at the other artists blogging this week on Paint Party Friday.