Well things have turned around. My physio called and said she had a cancellation, the repairman came on time and the bill was much lower than I expected and my dentist's line was busy.
To add to my good feelings my copy of Carol Marine's book Daily Painting came a week before it is supposed to be released. I am really excited to get this book so I am going to put "Keys to drawing" aside for just a bit and go through this one.
Chapter one is about her background and the advantages of doing a small daily painting. She gives many reasons but the one that resonated the most with me is that you improve quickly. I noticed that when I did the 30 in 30 paint challenge. I learnt a lot and if one painting didn't work out, well just move on to a new one the following day. Other artists discuss why they paint daily.
Chapter two is about her materials: easels, surfaces, palettes and lighting. I liked her tip of cutting a tennis ball in half and using the inside to wash her brushes instead of her hands. One thing I always have is old tennis balls, the advantage of having a Golden Retriever.
Chapter three is about subjects: lots of suggestions about still lifes, landscapes real life vs photographs. It sounds like I am just zipping though this book but I really am enjoying all the pictures from other artists and her generosity. Which brings us to the first exercise - one or more objects on a plain colour background. I could only find black and pink paper so I used that. On the bright side, I found an old ink drawing I love, 3 brand new tubes or paint and an empty sketch book, I really have to clean up. I did this painting of weights.
They are much more fun to paint than to lift.