24 June 2019

Monday


A year ago we were preparing for our journey back to England to view some properties in Lincolnshire.  Our Airbnb host was charming, we had no idea he was the Bishop of Grimsby! I can’t believe it‘s been a whole year since we first glimpsed what was to become our home.

In three weeks’ time the builders are scheduled to arrive and start tearing my kitchen apart.  The wall between the kitchen and dining room is going to be demolished and a steel RSJ inserted so there will be considerable mess.  I shudder to think of the dust. My dad would probably say there is nothing wrong with the existing kitchen.  My task will be to keep Rick from licking the workmen to death.

Today was art class.  I didn't feel like painting flowers so I did a harbour scene from a photo.  



I think the tutor has noticed my lack of enthusiasm with water colour because she has given me a whole set of second hand oil paints that had been abandoned by an ex-student.  I have never used oils before so I’m looking forward to getting my hands dirty and doing something really big and abstract.  I need something to hang on the wall of my new kitchen.

it would be a shame not to use them



29 comments:

  1. I'm quite impressed with your harbour scene, having not an ounce of artistic ability. Looking forward to seeing what you produce with the oils. How exciting!

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    1. I have to confess that I'm a bit nervous about using the oils.

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  2. That harbour scene is fantastic! I'm not a painter, have never done a watercolour. But I really like what you did there. -Jenn

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  3. I also like painting very much.

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  4. I would have given you Acrylics; they dry so much quicker, and are far less messy.

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    1. It's definitely going to get messy. Paul says I shall have to paint outside in the garden. This is probably going to be a one-off project.

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    2. I hope she gave you some turps. I wouldn't like to set off with oils without some guidance on hand. I always use a painting knife with oils.

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    3. They are 'water soluble' oils so I think brushes etc can be cleaned with water. I'm just not certain if I will need some sort of medium to work with them. I'll find out the hard way. Got to give it a go though even if it all ends in disaster.

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  5. Will your kitchen decoration be influenced by the colours of the oils that you have been given?

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  6. You are certainly adding value to this property.

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    1. I'm doing it for my own satisfaction as we intend this to be our final home.

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  7. Oil paints are more forgiving than watercolour. It is a whole different way of painting. Check out some You Tube videos on basic oil painting techniques... and have fun!

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    1. I just need to keep the paints away from my cream carpet!

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    2. Why not turn it into a Jackson Pollock carpet?

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  8. Try doing the same painting as your water colour, but in oils this time. It will give you an idea of the marked contrast between the two mediums. Try acrylics too, as Cro says, they dry much more quickly. Some time ago I had some Winsor and Newton Oil sticks, but was not impressed - like using a lipstick, and had to keep them in the fridge to stop them melting !
    On You Tube there are a whole series of films showing various techniques, particularly with acrylics. Those which fascinated me most involved pouring different amounts of acrylic into a plastic beaker, then pouring the paint into a colander placed in the centre of a large canvas ! It made the most amazing abstracts.

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  9. I should have said that they use different amounts of different coloured paints.

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  10. I used to paint with water colours but no longer paint as other projects took over (especially chicken keeping and blogging about it). I too love your painting of the harbour. I can't believe it has been a year since you first viewed your home. You seem so settled now which is great.

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    1. I agree Carol. I don't see Paul and Sue moving.

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    2. Love it here, everyone has been so friendly and welcoming.

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    3. Ha ha. Your reader Yorkshire Pudding is so predictable.

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