….the original idea was to take the 50 year old oil paints left over after I replaced their paint by numbers palette with acrylics and revitalise them with linseed oil as suggested on the box, then smash them with the mallet whilst counting loudly, to create an abstract “piant by numbers” pattern….
….we (me & Spencer) didn’t factor in the robustness of the 70s plastic vials that the paint has been stored in all these years….
…we retired to the living room to listen to vintage Italian film music and talk shit in lieu of being “creative” for the afternoon….
…my dreams of being able to repurpose the evil fluids have been returned to the planning department for adjustment…
…there…..pretty sure I had a similar set when I was young, but never completed it because – gluggy oil paints….
….much easier to wait till they turn up in a thrift shop and just add octopus to suit….
…was mildly unsettled every time someone expressed disappointment that I just festooned other peoples work with a bloody great cephalopod instead of painstakingly rendering the bloody annoying things myself….
…then these came up on the local auction sight….
…mint in box with 40+ year old super gluggy oil paints….
…thought that it would be a wise/wonderful idea to replace said glug with the acrylic test pots that I favour….until I worked out how much having a near as damn matching set to aid my endeavour would cost…
…so made do with what I already had for the most part….
…might octopi when the nausea subsides…..
…but as I have now achieved my childhood dream of finishing not one, but four pain by numbers paintings, it appears that my life is now complete….