Storage contraption

It’s been two years since we finished building my little studio – but the saw still lives right outside in the hayloft. I have some plans to turn the stable downstairs into a general workshop however, now that nobody lives in it.

Anyway – I wanted to show you a tiny little building project that I needed as part of my new cwm project: a rack for storing sticky paint panels. With 45° walls I don’t have a lot of hanging space, there’s dust to consider with slow drying items, and I only have the one work table, so laying out things in a row is not working.

Options: hang from the rafters or store in a mover’s box anywhere. Right now I have so many small test panels I need more racks already! How do you store wet paintings?

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Au Naturel

A little aside to my previous posts. Handmade paper saturated with beeswax, now weighing in at 3x its original weight.
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Natural pigments

My interests are many as I mentioned last week, always keep branching out, and yet they also converge in convoluted ways. Besides my love of strong, bright colours, I also enjoy the palette of mother nature that I see change and return each year, season by season. It is after all a grey and brown world half the time. It puts ideas in my head for plant dyed wool, growing my garden, making paper from dried plants, for using earth pigments and ink only. Motifs of rocks, feathers, bark and moss. Runes and crows and moonlight.
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Cold wax and oil

Cold wax medium is a soft paste made from beeswax and solvent which can be used to mix with oil paint instead of oil and turpentine, making it virtually odor free (if you use an odorless solvent like Gamblin Gamsol) and aids in drying the oil paint faster. Both are reasons why I haven’t been using oil paints for 25 years, smell and storage issues.
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Let it go

I’ve been looking sideways at one of my paintings, trying to figure out how to finish it.

And now I’ve simply decided that it’s finished and that I need to move on to new things to get back in the flow of it all. The light is coming back, I’ll be able to take better pictures of my work, when I do the work, but also there’s all the other outdoors things to tend to, it’s not the time to fiddle.

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WIP Wednesday whoops (3)

Everything was glitchy yesterday, including me! But here we are a day late with a few backgrounds that I’m prepping for the new series. Click to the front page if you would like to see where the first painting is at the moment, or that side link to Instagram. Contrary to my previous post I decided to show the preliminary version after all, but I’m reserving the right to change it once the others are more complete. 😉
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When do you share?

It’s common in the art community to share half baked paintings among ourselves and celebrating a new one as soon as it’s done. Cheer each other on, and in the case of those who are already selling (or trying to) it’s important to always have a fresh feed on Instagram for instance. Show up regularly or be forgotten, just as it is with blogging.

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