The ever inventive (and probably insanely busy) Yael Frankl has been putting out colouring books featuring different artists each month. This month is 'We are healthy' and I was very pleased to be able submit a drawing for it.
Apart from this i've just listed the Struggle print from the Birds & Bees exhibition and am in the process of having the Fox Confessor made into a Giclee print.
The first lot will be in a batch of 10, as i'll be as broke as a very broke person if I do any more at the moment!If anyone wants to reserve one of those or enquire about the price upfront, just let me know and i'll put it to one to the side.
On a totally process-related note, i've been trying out some different mediums recently. I like acrylic inks fine but anyone else using acrylics can testify that you really struggle to have a flowing work process. Everything has to be planned meticulously in terms of tones...If I want to mix, i'm going to have to do it on the palette bit by bit. I started to get pretty sick of it actually.Oils are currently way too slow a process for me. I simply don't have the time for them - so i've been trying out Alkyds. I was dubious at first, I couldn't believe that such a great middle ground existed. Anyway, I am warming to them.
I've only done a few wee tests, here's one quick example
This is a first layer, and I think you'd probably do 2 or 3 to get proper coverage and depth, but using them was a real pleasure.
I was mainly looking to see, how well does it blend, how long does it stay open for, and how fine can you paint? Well! My friends, it stays open (workable) for about a day if you paint thickly.
What i've been doing is painting very thinly, thinning the paint to the point of ink and painting like that. It gets tacky within about an hour and dries after about 6. I didn't find it as 'cloggy' as oils, or as susceptible to showing brush strokes.
I'm not sure if i'll switch to this, or just experiment until I feel like I have a handle on it...I thought folks might be interested in it though...certainly I think it represents a viable 'middle ground' for a painter.