Let me show you my best painting secret!
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Starting a quick study
Saturday morning very often means one thing in suburbia - shopping day. Of course there are a few people who will argue that they do more than shop, but the throngs of cars heading to the malls suggests shopping is big. This activity is a necessary evil yet I am not alone in trying to minimise the impact shopping has on my precious free time. I am blessed in having a wife who shares these sentiments. We will be the ones waiting outside the shop's doors as they are opened by bleary eyed shop assistants. The aim being for us to get in and out as fast as possible before the crowds arrive.
This past Saturday was an exception. Neither my wife nor I could face this weekly expedition. The weather was cool and the wind was absent for a change. Only one thing for it - grab the paint kit and head off to the beach for a an hour or three of painting. This was not entirely selfish since my children came with too and they could get some fresh air while I did my thing with the paints.
My choice was well rewarded. Several other people had come down to the beach too and there was a good deal of surfers taking advantage of the magnificent waves. If this sounds idyllic then let me confirm it - it really was fantastic. A moment where time flies by as you become lost in doing something you love.
Soon into my second painting I noticed a gent emerging from the surf who had been boogie boarding. Turns out he was on retirement and had started painting. He joined me to chat about art and we shared a few stories about our favorite topic. Thanks for the chat Brian and I hope to paint outdoors with you sometime.
Mixing and placing colour notes
A few things learnt on that morning:
Or you could try shopping at the mall instead. Nah!