Tuesday, November 04, 2008

No. 44. A Thoroughly Good Egg

Oils Still Life Study on canvas panel. 7" x 5". Click here to buy this study.

Last night, I laid an egg. Instead of the usual evening fare of meal - couch - television - physical collapse, I decided to set up a still life on the kitchen table. For this one, I used new-fangled water-miscible oils. They're great for use in the house as brushes can be washed out in water, sparing family members the reek of turps. Otherwise they work like regular oils. [I suggested that a friend use them once and he recoiled in horror at the thought when I mentioned that they're prepared in a binder of genetically-modified oil. It seemed like a strange reaction from someone who'd just told me that they thought Liquin was a great way to speed up drying. This is the kind of stuff you can't pour down a drain].

Anyway, back to my oeuvre. I spent a pleasant hour or so, away from the idiot's lantern and listening to the wireless and daubing. That's when I laid the egg, see?

Then I was too perked-up to go to bed; I turned on the box and to my delight, there was a documentary film on the life of one of my favourite singers, the late English troubadour Jake Thackray. A thoroughly good egg and for what it's worth, this little study is dedicated to his memory. What a pleasant way to spend an evening.

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