Thursday, 6 August 2015

Trials and Tribulations

It's been painting of a different sort that has been keeping me busy for the last couple of weeks. That and a short visit to London to keep tabs on the rest of the family. The bathroom has needed a face lift for ages, and last week turned out to be the time to get the emulsion and brushes out. Of course there is always more to do than you think, so the job has taken a little longer.

"Quality is never an accident, it is always the result of intelligent efforts."

John Ruskin

With decorating keeping me busy, my peony had to take a bit of a back seat. I was able to do a bit more on it, so now I only have the large leaf to do. Luckily the photos will help me out here as unfortunately, the seed pods have shrivelled up a bit too much, and I don't think I will get to see the seeds unless I get the scalpel out and perform an autopsy.

Peony leaves are wonderfully shiny with a darker green above and a bright green below. Very obvious veining and slightly wavy edges make for an interesting subject and with the browns and crispy bits going on in the seed head, a cluster of leaves gives a softer look to the piece. 

Shiny and bright.

Deep greens with wonderful veining

Making a start on the leaves

Standing room only on the palette

Elsewhere, I have been asked to test out some watercolours by Maimeri Blu. Although the colour selection would be more suitable for landscape painting with some cadmiums in there too, I'm happy to give them a go and see how they shape up against my favourite M.Graham and Daniel Smith. Once I have put the colours through their paces, I'll let you know the results.    

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