Eventually I made it down to the beach this afternoon, after fixing a toilet flush mechanism and waiting for other people to arrive. I took my son and his mates down to Kogelbaai. They dissapeared round to Caves Beach and I sat on the rocks, in a chilly, blustering South-Easter, and did this painting.
This is on 300gm Arches Cold Pressed and is 380 x 560 mm.
I have been reading Charles Reid again who says “Keep it small. Keep it simple. Avoid over-washes.” I therefore downscaled from a full sheet of paper to a half sheet. A full sheet really does take a lot of colour. Also the scale seems to demand more detail. Anyway. This painting still took a long time. We were down there for about two hours in all. So I may go down one more size again. We will see…
Here is how it looked on my first break:
Charlie boy also says we should have our pallette, our water and our paper as close as possible. So today I also decided to sort out the business of having my water box on the ground. I bent two nails in my vice and folded the top of the box over for reinforcing and punched two (exactly the right size) holes. And there it is. It is so nice having the right tools for a job. Don’t you love the logo on the box? I bought two boxes of fruit juice on my last evening in Nairobi so that I could use them. Pick n Peel – cool hey? I had to drink two litres of fruit juice as I was capturing the document from the day. Eventually I had had enough 0range and granadilla. OK but here it is, in full use. Cool hey?
Charles also says, once you lose concentration, take a break. Here is how the painting looked the next time I stood up to stretch.
Maybe I should have stopped here. mmmm. I also had a visitor… who fortunately did not stop to chat. Once before one of these guys tucked into my pack at the other beach, while I took a quick swim.
At my last break it looked like this: