28°C, humid, hot and a terrific thunderstorm in the evening.
FSX: after buying a book of aerial photography in Britain, I had a go at adding a prehistoric white horse from Wiltshire to the flight sim. It was easy! See picture.
Shopping: bought some new shoes, the same as the old ones except not decrepit.
Sick:one of the dogs recently stole a packet of butter. Later she threw it up and left a persistent smell that has been scrubbed and scrubbed to remove. Curiously, it smells of human spew. So that begs the question- does human vom’ smell that way because of the amount of dairy food in our diets? Sorry for talking of such repulsive matters.
Linseed: Getting there, now it’s obvious that the shadows need development.
Cycle: better today, 36 miles and it didn’t feel hard this time. The biting insects were out in numbers today, I have three bulls-eyes on my legs now.
Linseed: first linseed layer on today, this will take longer to dry enough to do the next layer, so I’ll have to do the other canvas tomorrow.
Cycling, don’t know why, but today’s ride was rubbish. The crystal clear skies and fresh air drew me out, but my legs felt empty and I only ended up doing 26 miles.
More painting: but the brighter colours are competing with each other and it needs a darker anchor. There is a horizontal band that will do that job well.
Geekiness: spent some time learning the programme "ADE" today (to author addon scenery for FSX). The airfields now direct the planes to parking, refuelling and gates after landing, but the Taxi arrows feature don’t show up, I have missed something for certain. Mixing taxi-ways with polygon aprons seems to be a problem, as if FSX doesn’t know which to draw on top, but don’t feel too bad about it because some default airfields suffer the same way. What an excellent prog, the newest versions make placing buildings much easier too.
18°C, windy but dry.
London: was extremely busy today, and this, a Sunday. The crowds were mostly foreign tourists it seemed, but then maybe it would seem that way. London has the highest proportion of foreign nationals of any city in Britain.
Royal Academy: the Hammershoi was just as good as I’d expected, only there were not as many paintings in the show. They’d laid it out so that the floorplan was comparable to his house where most of the paintings were made. I didn’t get this until about half way, so I went around again- taking the opportunity to do so with music from my iPod. It’s a good idea to do this in busy exhibitions since you can get distracted by others’ conversations (however quietly held). The pictures had hardly any colour, were very still and disconcertingly quiet in mood.
First day of the summer break, in a way the best- the whole holiday is ahead of us .
Leonard Cohen, A Thousand Kisses Deep:
This gave me the shivers the first times I heard it.