Being keen to spend more time drawing, and wanting to use the time I have more efficiently, I have realised that to be able to sketch while standing up or walking along might well be an activity which serves me well. I have spent some time thinking through practicalities, and have come up with a few ideas to try out.

I purchased a little plastic container, with lid, which includes a clip from a local DIY store, it’s made for tools, but it’s idea for putting Neocolours, pencils, brushes, or whatever you are using in. It clips onto your jeans or a pocket; it’s very handy. Alternatively, I plan to try out an old camera case…it’s made for a camera with a long zoom lens and has a belt which goes around the waist. That might be better when walking, as it’s a bit more robust. You can buy tiny little watercolour boxes (complete with a thumb ring) if you want to use paint while on the move. I prefer to use Neocolour watersoluble wax crayons, because I like to use them dry and wet, but I think I will try the small watercolour tin option at some point. Alternatively I have also thought of making a small mobile palette using an old CD case…This would work by one squeezing a little amount of watercolour from tubes onto the inside, and then using the centre as a mixing area. You could hold this near the top of your sketch pad quite easily, and with some water in your tool carrier and brush in hand, you’d be away!

Oh, ideas! Ideas! It’s pleasant to escape with even thoughts of painting right now, as life’s circumstances seem to be working against any painting…I am getting some drawing done though. As I have spent a lot of time recently experimenting with acrylics and various mediums and techniques, my experiments have resulted in a lot of non objective painting, with interesting textures and colours but no explicit subject matter. I see this as a necessary activity, but not one which I will continue with forever. There are so many technical possibilities with acrylic paint, it is quite exciting, but I find emotionally I feel much more bonded to oil paint. Using acrylic underpainting with oil on top might be the way forward for me. Certainly it solves the problem I currently have with regard to drying space for my paintings. I normally have about ten paintings on the go at one time, and ten oil paintings do take up quite a bit of space, even if they are small.

I am not enjoying this week!  So much for painting.  Though I managed to do some colour mixing experiments at the beginning of the week the rest of the week has become a distressing experience…No boiler for several days, household appliances not working, power cuts, then mains fuses not working, so only partial lighting.  For much of the week the house has been cold and dark.  Not ideal for painting in!

Things seem a little better today, but still no freezer, fridge, washing machine or cooker. Heating is nice though, and hot water.  I had hoped to do a lot of painting this week, and that has all gone to pot.  Only just recovered from a problem with rodents…which also involved a whole week of doing everything but painting.  Where is my so called “Domestic Bliss”….Maybe that is some kind of perfume I could buy for Christmas or something?

Many houses on the Chessington Court Estate have been affected, it must be well over 150 I should think.  There are now huge holes being dug everywhere; it’s as if giant moles have arrived and are settling in for Christmas.  The company “Haste” are calling at all houses, and they are doing an excellent job of trying to sort out the problems, but it is all very depressing.  It was also quite scary…When the power surge happened we had 6 huge bangs in our house, nasting clicking sounds in the boiler, and all kinds of small appliances turning into fireworks.  Firemen came to knock at doors to make sure that people didn’t have fires, which was reassuring.  I believe that there had been some fires, though this is word of mouth, so I am not sure if it’s true.

Well, here is one of my paintings.  I am working on using texture more at the moment.  

Experiment with textured ground and acrylic paint

Spontaneous Composition With Subject Matter Drawn from the Imagination by Jenny Meehan


 Spontaneous composition with subject matter drawn from the imagination by Jenny Meehan.  I have been looking at many of Turner’s paintings recently, and also experimenting with a greater variety of brush strokes. This experimental painting is on a textured ground using acrylic paints.  I prefer oils, but acrylic does dry more quickly.  The quick drying time of acrylic makes it easy to experiment with paint within a short period of time, which suits me for my work in the studio.  At home, however, I like to watch the paint dry!

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