|Patchwork Orange - Twisty Town|
So, nothing to do with art but I feel the need to vent...my car failed its MOT on Monday and so S kindly dropped me off at the train station yesterday morning and then left my car into a garage for repairs. He then got the ferry over to Scotland yesterday afternoon to bring his wee boy back over to Ireland for a holiday. I got a taxi back from the train station yesterday evening and it was only as I was reaching into my bag for my wallet that I suddenly realised that my house key was on the same key ring as my car key - which was in my car at the garage! Cue sinking feeling and mounting sense of panic as I realised S wouldn't be home until after 11pm that night!
Luckily my only friendly neighbour (its like a soap opera round our way and we're usually just the viewers!) was home and so I sat in her house drinking tea and wondering what to do. I phoned S for the name of the garage to see if I could get my door key from them - he then informed me that actually he took my car key off the key ring and then hung my door key back up in the key box in the hallway - hmm, not useful!
We contemplated smashing one of the small windows in the kitchen and getting in that way but not being keen on having broken glass everywhere and a great big windy gap where the window used to be, I rung round several locksmiths instead. I was met with phones that just rang out unanswered or 'sorry, we don't have any engineers in your area' or 'yes, I'm a locksmith but it'll be tomorrow before I can get to you' - seriously?! Eventually the last one in the Yellow Pages in my area answered and 20 minutes later he was at my door. Literally within less than 2 minutes he had picked our lock and I was £40 poorer (and I still haven't found out how much my car's going to cost me yet!).
Moral of story - keep door key and car key on separate key rings!
Anyway, rant over and this is after all an art blog and so here is my contribution to Paint Party Friday for this week. I've been working on building up some stock for my stall at the style fair in August and after a disastrous attempt to replicate a Walkies picture on canvas (all either 4x5, 5x5 or 4x6) with acrylics (I'm going to stick to watercolour for those) I decided to do a series of Twisty Towns instead. I've completed two so far:
I've got another 13 to go, unlucky for some but hopefully I've had my quota of bad luck for this week!
Now, it was thanks to Paint Party Friday that I learnt about Crackle Glaze and I decided I just had to have some. So, I was wondering if anyone reads this and uses crackle glaze could they give me some pointers on how to make it work. I tried it out on a sample canvas that I don't intend to sell, put on the stage 1 like it said and applied stage 2 but it doesn't look very crackly unless you look really closely - do I need to go over it with paint and if so which colour is best or does it depend on the colours in the painting?
Don't forget to pop over to Paint Party Friday to see a whole host of creativity out there in blogland.