Tuesdays in lochcarron we have a community art group. It used to be an art class which i taught through the councils community education budget, but that budget like so many others disappeared. So the previous students now meet up every week and encourage each other along.It is 10.30 to 12.30 every tuesday in lochcarron church hall, £3 each to pay for the hall hire. Folks sometimes bring along home baking to go with the tea & coffee. Anyone is welcome anytime. ( yes that is my father upon the left ! )
Sometimes i feel I should stay at home and do 'work', but not only is it important to support community groups- but it is also important to actually socialise with live human beings! Where else could i debate the topics of the day with some a diversely opinionated group of people ? Oh, okay the internet, but joking aside. Its good to get out there and mix with people in 3D , we seem to be loosing the art!
I've been frantically priming some small canvases for work that needs to be finished this month. I want a smooth surface, i don't mind irregularities, but i don't want a grainy dry texture, i want to be able to paint and draw with fine pen on these, so i've layered up with emulsions, sanded down between layers and finally used my hands to get a mice finish, polishing it off with water- much in the same way i used to get coarse clay to burnish nicely. I've now started building up some colour, very messy and expressively, the fine details will come out of the mess, ...i think. I have a rough idea of subject and composition but i like random paint marks to dictate the exact layout. Time is running out though & many other things are happening!