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Friday, December 9, 2011

Inch by Inch

I haven't advanced much further with this painting over the course of the week, but what little time I did spend on it brought home to me that with the combination of a dedicated painting area in our new house where painting materials and equipment are permanently accessible, and the luxury afforded by oil paints which I can leave on the palette overnight or even longer, I can easily resume where I left off whenever I have a few spare moments. There's no longer a requirement to set up in the kitchen every time I feel the urge to paint as I had to in the past. I'm sure that necessity contributed to my reluctance to begin a painting session when available time was limited - thankfully, the days of a kitchen studio are over!


As you can see, I'm continuing to darken the rocks on the left of the painting with scumbled glazes of ultramarine and burnt sienna. I'm confident I'll be able to steal a few moments away from domestic chores and make more significant progress over the coming weekend.

Cheers
Pete

10 comments:

James Whitehurst said...

congrats on your new studio space now paint...lol

Peter Brown said...

Yep, I'm running out of excuses not to!

Colette Theriault said...

That's great Peter! I too faced the same issue until I decided to purchase an art table and take over the office space by getting rid of the guest futton! Not my dream studio but it's a start.

Your wip looks great so far!

Julia Ruffles | fine artist said...

you're finding some really exciting colouring and textures in the rock face :) Jules

Michael Bailey said...

Those textures in the rocks are really fantastic Peter! It's exciting to see what a new medium, and space, can help you accomplish. I'm sort of in the same way you were as for now I'm occupying a portion of the dining room and am reluctant to set up a painting just because of the hassles involved. Great piece, looking forward to seeing it completed.
Michael

Peter Brown said...

Thanks Colette! It's not my dream studio either, but it's a vast improvement that I hope will allow me to be a bit more productive.

Peter Brown said...

Thanks Julia. I love painting rocks for some reason and I hope these turn out as planned.

Peter Brown said...

Michael, thanks for the encouragement. I sympathise with your predicament; I know exactly what you mean about the hassle of preparing to paint when everything has been packed away.

john said...

Peter,
I'm still painting on my rickety kitchen table from the seventies or eighties. I have a seperate paint cart with wheels that I can move to the side.
All of my painting materials are on the cart. The top is my palette. I paint on plastic produce bags, and I fold it over on top of the wet paint when I'm finished for the day. It really helps to keep the paint from drying out. Even my acrylics last for a week. Your rocks do look good. Did you ever finish that Reef Egret painting?

Peter Brown said...

John, I like your solution - I wish I'd known about it years ago! Reef egret is behind the door in the queue, with very little work remaining.