Author Archives: essiep
A4 acrylic on paper.
I declare it finished. It only needs a layer of linseed oil over the areas showing slight sinking. However, I reserve the right to think of adjustments to add.
School grade 130gsm cartridge paper. HB to 3B Rexel Cumberland pencils. I think I need a 4B with this paper, it’s a bit soft and lacking the fine key required for the deepest blacks.
Biro, flipped drawing.
A5 sketchbook, bic biro.
A4 sketch-book, acrylic paint
Soap & Skin
Drawn during DofE trip to Cannock Chase. See the recent acrylic painting version in another post. Started while manning a checkpoint and finished before breakfast one morning on Cannock Chase.
This was quite a lump sum for me to pay out to be frank. But here’s why I did it: I had a demo against a Dali Oberon 5 and a similar Mordant-Short floorstander. Both are fabulous because I got the fizzy feeling from favourite records. These choices are, ultimately, a gut instinctive selection. One record played was a Laurie Anderson album that I have known since the late 80s, and I heard something I’ve never noticed before. There’s no going back, I knew I was going to spend some money that evening.
The guys at Preston were very attentive in the demo and gave me all the time I needed. Soon, the conversation turned to practicalities like delivery slots and cables.
Setup at home was easy. The boxes were huge but we’ll thought out. Unboxing was fun, especially when I found the curator’s cotton gloves to handle the speakers with. Unboxing is a special ritual that you never get with secondhand gear and Wharfedale played along with that. The speakers themselves were in a cloth bag tied with a bow. It just gets better.
Anyway, I’m working through my record collection and discovering details that I’ve never known before. In one, you can tell that studio reverb was done with a metal sheet rather than a digital effects box. Another, there are footprints across the room. It’s uncanny. More importantly, I’m enjoying the rhythms and dynamics in ways I’d not imagined possible.
(Can you tell I like my new speakers?)
Found a new, unused sketch-book in a box recently. From now, it’s my new paintings book; the paper us much better, being thicker at 170gsm rather than 140. Even though the old book still has a dozen blank pages, I’m going to move over to this one from now.