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Let's move it on

Why is it that blog post ideas always seem to come to me while I'm just about to go to sleep, herding toddlers or holding a filthy diaper, none of which are convenient moments to take down notes (well, I guess I could grab the iPhone from the bedside and surreptitiously update my blog while sitting on the darkened stairs...and then accidentally delete the #%€!n' thing in my fatigue and have to go downstairs and boot up the laptop...it just smacks of sleep-deprived desperation, note to self). It's time to move the old holiday post along, make way for new ideas, new projects, for the new year.  The studio is clear of non-art detritus, daycare is back on and I promise the baby will start to sleep (which means there's hope that my brain will function at full capacity some day). Stay tuned for some painting...

The most annoying thing about painting...

The most annoying thing about painting is cleaning brushes...and preparing canvas. Okay, the two most annoying things about painting are cleaning brushes and preparing canvas,...and cleaning pigment off the palette. Darnit! The top three most annoying things about painting are: cleaning brushes, preparing canvas and cleaning pigment off the palette...and finding the best light to not only paint by but also light the subject. Oh bother, I might as well add: finding models (for no money) and the perfect easel (no wobbles, level and adjustable to any height, also for little or no money), disappearing studio space (can't seem to move an elbow without bumping into paintings that don't fit into the dismal storage space I don't seem to have anyway), waiting interminably for oil paint to dry (due to plus-child situation, I avoid siccatives and other quick-drying, highly flammable/noxious solutions). So my ultimate upgrade for the painting experience would be as follows: a much-appreciated-yet-highly-improbable influx of funds would facilitate the acquisition of a north-facing-but-also-southern-light-available studio space with heated storage, an uniquely-blessed-in-the-looks-department assistant who would expertly care for my brushes, palette and canvas-stretching needs while also serving as a creative model (androgyny a plus!), and who would also watch paint dry... oh wait, a big "no kids allowed at this time" on the studio door would take care of the no-noxious-solutions issue...

*Sigh* Back to the drawing board/studio-facsimile...