This week I'm sitting typing this at a far more sensible hour than last week. To get to the studio today was a real relief after a ridiculously busy week. Whilst working to become a professional artist my...."day job" is Art teacher at a secondary school (those of you reading this outside of the UK, that's 11-16 year old kids). It's an incredibly busy job at the best of times but this week it reached warp factor 10 in busy!
Ofsted graced us with their presence to carry out the second inspection in a year, this means high amounts of stress for all involved. On Wednesday I finished work at 8.30pm and by 5.50am the next morning I was on my way into work again. Thursday and Friday was my GCSE students mock exam (it might only be a rehearsal of the real thing but in organising everything around it - it might as well be the real thing). Finally on Friday night as Head of Creative Arts I was responsible for my Faculty putting on the school Talent Show.
It went well, but was another late night and again in terms of helping my anxiety levels...it didn't!
Finally it was the weekend and on Saturday night I toasted it's coming with a few large glasses of wine. So by today I was relaxed and ready to paint.
When I arrived at the studio today I knew that with most of the under-painting finished freehand, I now had to get to work on layering my colours and using masking tape to tidy up my edges. So I began taping......
....and 15mins later I was still taping........
.......in fact for 3 hours I spent most of my time taping and this reminded me why I usually paint landscapes with not a sodding straight line in sight!! In between I actually manged to do some painting!
The thing about working with tape is that, as annoying as it is putting all the stuff on, it is INCREDIBLY satisfying to peel it all off and see lovely crisp, straight edges. Although it probably doesn't look much like a lot happened today, I managed to layer my colours and add light & shade to both of the flanking beach huts. Next week that just leaves me with the detail of the posts at the front and that's right, you guessed it...........more bloody taping!
Here's how I left it, night night all.