Sunday, May 09, 2010


I painted for twelve hours today working on The Nine Ladies painting. It should take one and a half more days. I used a new colour, Blockx Cassel Earth, today and it worked well in adding opacity and neutrality to mixes without the dustiness or oiliness of black. On the greenish underpainting it looked quite purple, which is good because the general scheme of the painting is pink and purple and green; which are "real" colours shifted into the Celtic otherworld.

I have lots of ideas for improvement to my practises. First I want to make some more drying racks. I'm thinking that a crucifix of wood bolted, with stands at the end will allow different sizes of rack to be made quite quickly. I'll take a photo if/when I make it so that the design can be seen more clearly.


Sheila said...

Wow, a true disciplined master to have all those hours working on his craft. Death of Man is mindboggling. Bravo Mark.

Kathy said...

I'm not familiar with this hue and will be interested to see how it appears on your future post of this painting.

Mark Sheeky said...

Thanks Sheila. Cassel Earth is a nearly neutral brown. You can probably mix something very similar with burnt umber and ultramarine. I bought it just to see what it was like but it's been useful here and I'll probably use it again.