Trail Notes March 31

So here we are again! Another week has gone by and it was a doozy in our household. We had a very stressful week here which translated into not a lot of painting time. I did however do a few art related things so here we go!

Amanda Hunt RetiredNot a lot of work on this one from last week (and not the best photo) but I added a tyre to the left bottom corner. This had the effect of balancing the painting well. Now it really needs varnishing to bring out those sunk in areas.

Amanda Hunt rainThere was a LOT of this outside my window this week. Wet and stormy and so much so that I had to put my lights on with the blinds drawn up at one stage.

Amanda Hunt VarnishSeeing as I needed to deliver my two paintings for the Sydney Royal Easter Show this week, I varnished and finished them. I also added the hanging cord to the reverse of both and got the paperwork in order. On Friday we drove to the showgrounds to deliver them. I hope I do get selected to be hung, it would be very exciting! I’ve never entered an Easter show before.

Amanda Hunt GeorgeHere’s George trying to play with the hanging cord as I attached it to the painting. Naughty cat.

Amanda Hunt Bubble1I am considering whether to enter another art prize coming up soon an started working on this one again. The hand was particularly bothering me so after scraping it back I have filled and smoothed the area again before re-painting.

Amanda Hunt Bubble2I worked on the shadows of the face for a while too.

Amanda Hunt Bubble3Finally I have blanked out the colour on the t-shirt. I really felt that there were too many colours fighting for attention so for now, this is how this stands. I’m much happier with where its heading and especially that hand. Now I need to work on the left hand and the t-shirt some more.

Another art related thing we did this week was go and see George Clooney’s ‘The Monuments Men‘ at the cinema.  If you are not familiar with it, here is the trailer:

I really enjoy war history and I also love art and art history so this was a perfect movie for me. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t love war at all but I am extremely interested in it, particularly the world wars. This movie is the story of rescuing and returning artwork stolen by the enemy in WW2. It has a touch of humour here and there and some very serious scenes to remind you that this was real. It was based on a true story and I’d recommend it.

So, some weeks are very different to others. Less painting but still a good smattering of artistic adventures. The trail was a little slower but the adventures were still great.

“The road goes ever on and on”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit


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