more sub-aqua

22°C, some rain- nice

Linseed: quite a long session on this today, nearly 2 CDs worth of time. Only had ot stop to let paint dry before adding the next layer tomorrow. Most of the work was with a No.2 round to add detail. just in case you’r ewondering what that loop is above the bloke’s head- it’s going to be a bubble, one of many which is the last stage of this picture.


28°C, still hot

Linseed:Sub-aqua day 6– detailing the refraction patterns from the ripples above. Following on from here will be more work on the figure in the background and then the foremost layer- the bubbles. this is turning into quite a detailed piece. It’s fairly easy to do but will consume a lot of hours. I guess that’s the way the others are going be with something like sea surfaces involved.
Note to self: I really need to tighten up the technique here, although the picture looks ok, there are dashes of white canvas showing where colours don’t quite meet pencil lines;  "spotting" them took up a while today. This should not happen, it’s sloppy, unnecessary and time wasting. That suggest a basic problem with the practice of working from photos. This piece has been penciled in then base colours put down.
Next time: cover with a wash, then do the pencilling in with a No.2 brush, which can easily be blended to correct any errors. After that dries, then put under-paint layers on
There are passing thoughts in my mind about the nature of surfaces, somethig about the patterns in waves that’s worth exploring in a purer way, maybe unfettered by realism. Just a thought…

Today Friday, WOMAD

27°C, last hot day for a while

Back home before the main act came on stage, and I live 100 miles away!  We nearly came home much earlier.
Best bits: music on the BBC Radio 3 stage. Good musicians, clear PA
Hardest bits: the heat 
Strangest bits: Not much from the far east. It was all either; African, South Central Asia or Latin America. I saw nothing of Japan, Thailand or China or any "oriental" places.
Worst Bit: too hot for the minimal amount of shade available there. We spent a large chunk of time outside the venue sitting under trees by the river.
Most annoying bit: when you’re sitting in a café next to a venue, why are the café’s speakers blearing out some crap when there is quality live music there. If you were in the cinema watching a film would anyone ever set up a bunch of TV sets around loudly playing ITV or some Sky channel?
Most beautiful bits: the flags. Silken, themed, and just like the ones at The Eden project.
Nicest bits: food
Most Dubious bit: the mineral and fossil stall that offered what they called "Tektites" for £13 each. I don’t think so, they were pieces of partly eroded Obsidian if you ask me. They did, howerver offer a small piece of meteoric metal that appeared to show Widmanstatten patterns, this I was more intrigued by.
Harshest bits: PA systems on the big mainline stages. They made a row that sounded like a mass of Kazoos. In all three cases the PAs got in the way of the music and we were listending not to a band, or solo, but the noise Peavy/Marshall makes. This is not good enough.
I shalln’t go again. And… Hannah has decided to sell her ticket to V2006.

day four

30°C, hot and very humid

Linseed: you’ve missed the whole turpentine stage on this picture. Though it’s day four in the photo, the sessions are  short. My time has been taken up with loafing about in the garden broken up with fixing software on my computer (all of which is done now). Expect more ultramarine and foggy water.
Not much written today, with 3DS Max freshly installed – I want to go and play with that.


24°C, +easterly.

mp3 degradation: BBC written about a group of self confessed HiFi geeks
"He said many people did not realise what a compromise they were making when ripping CDs into formats such as MP3.

"People have not been trained. MP3s are stuff you listen to at the gym. Audiophiles do not see digital music as throwaway music – which is what digital music has become to some people."

Hear hear! Nice to see I’m not the only one unhappy with the poor sound quality from mp3/WMAs.
Turpentine: the ground is laid on the swimmer painting.

Heatwave: it’s the hottest July since 1911. That means it was hotter back then, so how does that fit into global-warming-journalism?

Computer: fixed MS Outlook . It was ZoneAlarm ( my firewall) that was stopping the home-page loading.

Peak District: it’s all dry and sandy looking. there is no green grass there now, never seen it like that before.

Putting the windows back in

27°C, hot

Re-installation is tiring: It takes ages to put windows back on, the OS is the easy bit, but it’s all the fiddling with different software. MS Outlook is still generating errors, possibly due to this version of ZoneAlarm. The whole idea is to make space for things, Win 2000 needs at least 10 Gb to hold all the files for 3 users and leave room for defrag to work properly.
Aand, I want a separate OS to run 3D animation and video editing software. That one should be without firewall or anti-virus software so it runs faster. That means no internet access with it ( WinXP). I shold have warned you that this bit isn’t very interesting. It has taken most of the afternoon to do , and taken away some paitning time.
Turpentine: started submarine swimmer picture. More tomorrow, it’s drying right now.