Serial skirts

Painting during our renovations is definitely not gratchy (see previous post with stream of consciousness and some new words).

But I do have to take a very deep breath and just get stuck in—I have the whole house to paint, including new windows and doors, architraves and skirting.

Zen and the art of painting skirting boards

The skirting boards are the most fun to paint. I love the sticky smelly enamel paint. I love the gloss coat and the durable nature of the surface. I love the zen-ness of painting the straight white line—fundamental, simple, dynamic yet peaceful, powerful.

This painting, I predict, will take me a year at the rate I am going (don’t tell Chris).

There is serious material for a [blog] serial about painting skirts.


“I lacked the knowledge of linear perspective needed to get into the art school, so now I whitewash walls and imagine I’m heaven’s landscape painter.” 
― BauvardSome Inspiration for the Overenthusiastic

The square series


Heavy rain on sea swell. Multiple exposures of lightning cracking through foggy stormy sky. Irregular chopped waves.*

I used to stare at the tiny tiles in my shower and see endless pictures – faces, animals, ghosts, landscapes. Our builders have trashed all the little pictures, but not before I saved a lot of them.

I have about 800 of them. I’d like to paint them all as part of ‘the square series’. [The square is very appealing to me at the moment.]

Whenever Eckersley’s has a canvas sale I buy some more square canvases. And that’s why I needed to do some renovating—to accommodate the square canvases. I’m not kidding!

There’s a direct relationship here with previous paintings. I’m still exploring water and related themes. But the square series is more about pulling the image out of the tile, whether it be heavy rain on choppy waves, or a rabbit.

* The image above is the actual tile, manipulated in Photoshop (colour, tone and contrast). It’s the sketch that I’ll use to inspire me as I paint.