Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Days Like This
Well it's Wednesday - my favourite day. Why aren't I happy? Oil Paints - that's why! I went off to my Wednesday Art Group armed with a dozen new tubes of Ferrario Van Dyck oil colours. No, I'd never heard of them either but they are made in Italy and only cost a fraction of what I was expecting to pay for artist quality oils. So - off to a great start.
Since this was to be my introduction to oils I opted to delve into Peter Graham's PAINTING STILL LIFE and selected a tutorial painting by Arthur Easton - an unusual and beautifully subtle still life of plain jug, dried flowers, white drapes and oranges. I had all the colours in Mr Easton's palette and the drawing sketched on my small canvas. But it seems there is more than one way to get the job done and today it was not by way of the steps illustrated in my book.
I chased the oil around around the canvas like the grease around last Sunday's dishes. And it looked less appetising. More experienced eyes than mine suggested colours other than Mr Easton's. Anal retentive Capricorn that I am, my heart sank deeper and deeper into my shoes. So even on Wednesday, you can have days like this.
I have a week to finish my half sheet watercolour, my EDM Challenge and to catch up on sketching the blooms in the garden. And then it will be Wednesday again and that greasy little painting will be still sitting on the easel, waiting.....