I’ve spent the day getting mucky. A normal state of affairs, you would think for an Erotic Artist !!!?! But this isn’t normal dirty mucky – this is arty mucky, involving acrylic paint and palette knives! The sort of day that you come back with bottle green paint down your finger nails, yellow ochre in your hair, a long blue smear down the side of your cheek, and titanium white on your elbows, type of mucky. And what fun I’ve had getting into that state!!!
I’ve been to an art workshop where the subject matter was “Venice” and the style of painting was palette knives on canvas. I’ve never used a palette knife before, and never produced a painting that didn’t involve some sort of brush at some point in the painting. So all a bit new for me. It took a while to get into it though, as the paint had to be applied in great daubs of colour straight from the tube onto the canvas, using all sorts of bright and vibrant colours, then smeared across the canvas like you smear great globs of thick butter and strawberry jam over toast – the knife spreading and merging the colour as it formed, mixed, melded, spread and picked up other colours next to it and below it, the whole creating some multi-coloured fluorescent mix of a childs paintbox sort of painting. Some of the paint sticking out in half inch blobs, all of it textured and moulded to form the painting. At the end of the session, I’ve painted the Rialto bridge, the Grand Canal, some boats, a lot of sky, a lot of water and some buildings, but I can’t say I’m happy with the painting enough to do anything with it other than paint over the canvas for something else, maybe, or even throw the whole thing away. I’m not even going to show it to you here, because its not a good painting. BUT, what I have learnt is new techniques, new ways of applying paint, and seeing colour, and ways of tackling a subject, so I’ve learnt a lot. And been a big kid for the day. But, that’s what these workshops are about – spending the day with other artists, learning, finding the inner child, and using that ability for more serious artwork at a later date. Grrrreat fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!