Still Life Distraction

April 11, 2014 | 2 Comments


All I want to do is just play with paint…
I am doing a big tidy up of my studio last evening and well…umm… I just managed to get myself a bit distracted didn’t I?

I am was using my big sable mop and that crazy swordliner and working insanely wet… This alpha paper(Stillman and Birn sketchbook) is remarkable and stands a lot of rough treatment. I am wanting to try some ‘real’ watercolour paper but it was just a case of my sketchbook was out and I wasn’t actually planning to paint last night.

And well… after I did the first one, I felt like doing another one.

Despite the distraction I am pleased to inform you all…. My painting desk (aka chopped down and drafting machine less drawing board) is all tidy now!

And before I forget….
I don’t post my first page palette sketch every time… but this one was fun! No lines …correction, I painted the shadows of the pans first so that was a line.

I am very happy with my palette these days but I still do the odd tweaks… for those that are interested….
– the green half pan changes a little- green apatite at the moment, earlier in the year it was perylene green.
– using a colour I used to have in my palette 3 years ago in honour of my great friend Jane Blundell… Buff titanium. (I took imperial purple out for this. IP was a ‘convenience mix’ to save time ie. it is made up of 2 pigments I already have in my palette)
– last month I was using Sodalite. This was for 2 reasons.  it was in honour of Paul Wang‘s visit (a colour he uses) and I didn’t have time to premix my ‘steels grey’!

Ah! I did like Sodalite but it is nice to have Steels Grey back! (Steels grey is my own version of a classic mix of French Ultramarine and Burnt Sienna – I got this idea from Jane who has a ‘Jane’s grey’ in her palette)

A word on the numbering of my sketchbooks. I only number my daily sketchbooks – my travel sketchbooks (of which I have over 40!) are treated separately.

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