That sunny day – work in progress.
Thanks so much for the kind comments over the past couple of days. They are so appreciated, and it’s amazing to think that people on the other side of the world are reading along. Welcome!
It’s been a good week for painting. Zara has slept fairly well (amazing!), and I’ve been able to make quite good progress on a new painting (120cm x 120 cm). I have been using some fast-drying oils lately which are fantastically good.
The smell gives you definate headspins, but I think it’s worth it. I have to prepare 4 works for a show that is on in less than 1 month, and I need to make sure they are completely dry. The fast drying oils (Windsor & Newton) are completely dry within 2 days. I have a decent session – then take the odorous creation to the outside shed overnight so the bad stuff can evaporate, then bring it inside to dry in the warmth.
They can’tbe worked back into like standard oils the next day – but at the moment that is a small tradeoff.
I’m liking the way this piece is coming together – very loose and and I’m leaving the pencil marks from the undersketching where they are. This is a fun way to work – and I like the dangerous lack of control. Serendipity is my friend at the moment.