|Jotter Doodles - available as greeting cards in my Etsy shop|
My friend Angela had suggested I might like using gouache so I asked her what it was and how to say it. Once she told me I decided that, yes, I might like it and so I ordered myself a set of 24 Daler Rowney colours from Amazon. The first lot went missing in transit and had to be re-sent. Then the supplier sent me oils by mistake which I may have kept if I liked oils but I really don't - they are messy and take way too long to dry for my liking and I already have a set that I've only ever used on one painting. Anyway, eventually my gouache paints arrived last Saturday.
I tried them out for the first time on Monday and the jury is out on whether I like them or not. I like that you can paint light over dark so they are certainly more forgiving than watercolours but I'm not 100% sure if I'm using them right despite watching several 'how to' clips on You Tube. Anyway, the piece I'm working on isn't finished which is why I'm illustrating this post with another jotter doodle instead.
If you didn't see my last post on how the jotter doodles came about you can have a wee catch up right here:
My parents were here visiting from Sunday to Sunday and I had a lovely week with them. The weather wasn't quite as wonderful as the week my sister stayed in July but while we had our fair share of rain, it only seemed to fall when we were in the house or in the car - every time we got out of the car to visit somewhere it stayed dry and sometimes the sun even put in an appearance so I can't really complain about that!
|Me and my parents at Wick Harbour|
We dropped my parents back to Inverness airport on Sunday and then S went off to the Orkney Islands with work on Monday so after a few weeks of various visitors suddenly it's just me and the dogs (and the grumpy garage cat!)
Actually Purdey is a lot less grumpy than she was three weeks ago when she came to live in our garage - I'm not sure she'll ever be able to integrate into the house with the two dogs but hope springs eternal.
Each time we go out to the garage to spend time with her we take her a ham slice much like the ancient tribes taking a sacrificial virgin to appease the volcano monster. I try to do reiki with her every day and I swear it helps - she curls up in a ball like a little kitten and purrs the whole time. She'll never be a cuddle puss but she does come up to us and rub her head into our hands for a little bit of a pet before deciding enough's enough and stalking away growling under her breath!
I missed Paint Party Friday last week but I'm linking up again this week and will try, as always, to visit as many folk as possible over the weekend.