Friday, 16 April 2010

Shopping & Rambling - But No Art

At work this afternoon all I was able to do was dream of painting and getting back home to the easel. Paintings were running around in my head and I found it hard to concentrate. The solution? I came home via the art materials store. If fiscal responsibility were my forté I would choose another route to come home because the ‘art shop’ is right underneath the station where I end my journey and I find it almost impossible to resist going in for a browse. However, tonight I really did need to buy some water colours, and I hoped to get in a ‘practice run’ with my new purchases once I got home. However, I hadn’t realised how incredibly tired my eyes were, so I decided not to do a thing other than sort out my new purchases like a child. I didn’t buy too much – seven tubes of gouache and some brushes, but these were ridiculously expensive and amounted to £51.00. Ouch!

I’ve decided to add water colour works to my small repertoire and as I have never tried gouache, I am aching to give it a go. I photographed the magnificent objects together with some ancient bottles of inks and pens I have had lying around and hopefully by the end of the weekend, I shall have at least one small work to post here. I shouldn’t tempt fate like that because I have other works on the go, but I think a foray into watercolours will free me up a little – I have hemmed myself in a little lately and I am sure things would be very different if I had a bespoke studio, but until that time comes, I am going to stretch myself in small ways. Now I'm off to rest my eyes in a dark room. Really.

Gorgeous New Tubes of Gouache and Brushes!

Old Pen and Ink Supplies - What could go wrong?


AutumnLeaves said...

Ann, all of your works prove to be gorgeous so I know your new ventures will be fabulous as well. Can you set up a studio in your home, even if in a corner or in front of a window? I love rearranging the home and making new vistas - an art form in and of itself! LOLOL I look forward to seeing what you do with your new purchases and just know you will have a good time with them. Hope you weren't dealing with a bad headache (you mentioned needing to go to bed a couple of times), and if so, that when you woke this morning that it was gone.

Anne C M Campbell said...

Thanks for the encouragement & compliments Sherry. Yes, I do have a little corner 'studio' in my home - in the corner of the living room. It gets better and as time goes by and as I get into a better rhythm with my weekend forays into being an artist. I went to bed to rest my eyes - screenwork at work and screenwork at home - it just gets too much at times. Woke this morning to beautiful sunshine and birds twittering - so it's going to be a good day!