Putting two incidents from ones day can lead to a strange juxtaposition in my sketchbook. The vibrant colours of my palette and ageing sandstone gravestones was a bit of a challenge to tie the page together. What they have in common is I did both in extremely short period of time.
Now for two questions relating to painting
1. How do people deal (who use tube paint in pans) cope when you need a top up. As I carry and use my paints nearly every day I can see no alternative than to have two pans for every colour so that I can fill one up and let it dry for a few days before swapping- how long do you find you need for it to be dry enough to put in your palette.
I am thinking that I should start watering my paints every day with a light spray so that they remain nice and gooey! Even the Daniel Smith paints over time are hardening (didn’t have this problem when I was in my big trip!)
2. Also, and more importantly I seem to be ruining the tips of my sable brushes – perhaps the wiping on my black wristband is one factor (a flick would be better), but mainly I think it is because I am painting with the tip rather than the body of the brush (only read this in a Charles Reid book a few months ago!!) As I am 100% self taught I sometimes realise that I have missed an essential tip. Would appreciate anyone tips on preserving the tip of the brush.
Make that three questions
3. I have a terrible habit of ‘drilling holes’ in my pans – perhaps I should try to pick up paint differently to avoid this?
Also… last week I did some reading of old journals from 2 years ago – amazing to see the change in my sketching – but once again it is the random trivia in my life that i enjoy re-reading. So I am starting to do my ‘weekly’ pages of random stuff. Here is this weeks- WIP. I have a handbag desktop calendar(a different bag each day) and often think I would like to sketch one… this week I did a few. Obviously I will fill up with text by the end of the week.