Without Preamble

….a holiday project started in January….

…a few finishing touches at home….

…aaaaand we’re done….

…on the box….

…on the “canvas”….

…on the box….

…on the “canvas”….

…on the box….

…on the “canvas”….

…on the box….

…on the “canvas”….

…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….

Lockdown 29

…..noooooooooooooooo…..

….I stocked up on a bunch of test pot colours pre-lockdown (ha!…and you were all buying toilet paper!) for a project that proved too noisy and too stinky (burning +oneware is best done sans house mate, the smell of blazing 70s wood finishes does linger a “bit”) and have run out of “melting moments” one coat shy of the next part of the less noisy, less stinky project I switched to…

…was reduced to adding small quantities of water, leaving to soak and shaking the container violently so as to extract a wan near-water-colour consistency fluid to wash over the piece in the vain hope that I could achieve the cover I needed….

…7 coats later….

IT’S ALL GONE….

AND I’M NOT CONVINCED IT LOOKS “MELTING MOMENTS” ENOUGH….

…and while I can (I think) order more on line, I’d feel like I was abandoning my local paint shop to a post-lockdown wasteland with only test-pots to eat….

…first world lockdown problems….

The Official Title Is

…..”Fat White Jesus Busts Some Light-sabre Moves In The Desert Before Performing The Miracle Of Turning Camel Pats Into Pizzas And Ass Wee Into Wine Beer”……

…but around here we affectionately refer to it as “pew pew pew pew pew pew pew pew pew”…..

…acrylic & pyrography on recycled ply… 450 x 890 sans the re-purposed, “failed” crackle pattern frame…colours by Resenes (yay test-pots!)….

…a big shout out to the all makers of retro paint by numbers for the mesa “guidelines”…..without you this would have been crap…..