Painting for Pleasure. That's what I term painting a picture on canvas, for no other reason than wanting to. Not like painting because a room needs an infusion of colour. That's a different kind of painting.
I had a little dilemma. A friend's birthday. A shopping trip weilded nothing that I quite felt was right. So spying a painting of a buddha, I had one of those "Aha!" moments. What about painting a picture for her? Seemed like a good idea. But what? I knew she loved all-things-Indian, so something in that genre. Then it came to me - I'll paint an Indian elephant. But I can't draw an elephant just like that! So I went and googled images of Indian elephants and found 2 that I liked. One to give me a basic shape and stance, the other to inspire patterns.
No gesso to seal the canvas? No problem! My canvas was hastily primed with gibboard sealer, 2 coats and then I began, filled with an air of adventure. As my elephant shape unfolded, it became a project of discovery. Throwing caution to the wind, I grabbed the first pot of paint that caught my eye. Test pots of acrylic paint collected over the years. A background of orange-red slapped on with gay abandon.
Then came the dangerous part. Once I had mixed up some grey, I started to really let myself go. Gold. I must have a touch of magpie within me. I just love gold - it conjures up an impression of richness and gaudiness in the same breath. The OTT factor. I had to really hold back! My magestic fella was endowed with golden toenails and head-dress. Stop now, while you are still ahead, I had to keep on telling myself. So I packed it in for the night.
And on an entirely different note, Compost Tea Making:
Every month I make up a new brew of compost tea, most often, Comfrey tea. I fill a 10L bucket with sealable lid, with as much comfrey leaves as is possible to fit in (use gloves to avoid the prickles and tear the leaves, packing them in tightly). Fill the bucket with water and seal. Leave this to brew over 4-5 weeks and stir. When you open and stir, the smell hits you in the tummy like a sledgehammer and in no time at all, the flies from a 4km radius screech in to buzz in excitement around the heady brew. I filter the mix through an old metal sieve to remove all the solid sludge and decant the liquid into a plastic 20L drum (with lid). Later on, during the Lunar Calendar compost feeding window, I make up a weaker solution of this foul-smelling potassium-rich liquid and feed all my veg beds with a light watering. Potassium is responsible for flower, seed and fruit production. Smelly work but beats working with chemical fertilisers. Several handwashes later, the smell is almost non-existant!
|Comfrey leaves steeped in water|
|Old 20L shop containers make great storage|
containers for an assortment of liquid feeds.
A plastic tap allows for easy decanting of the