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Old 05-05-2024, 09:29 AM
FairyCrystal FairyCrystal is offline
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Fairy, I'm sorry to hear that you have had a bad ankle. I didn't know .
I just assumed you were all "painted out" for now haha, as you just did one after another after another .
But anyone , I hope you get better and back on your feet soon .
Thank you!!
In a way I am 'painted out' for now. It always seems to come and go for me and I currently lack inspiration. But that can change within an hour, hihi.
But the last month I couldn't really do anything much because of my ankle. Still no idea what it really was. GP thought an inflamed tendon.
Last week I began specific TCM for swollen ankles and suddenly it went down! Within a day major improvement! I'm not completely out of the woods yet, but close to it.
Time to lower dosis of NSAIDs (for inflammation). Been taking that for 4 weeks now, been enough. Already went from 600mg Ibuprofen to 400. Now about to try 200mg.
I actually had Naproxen from GP but holy cow, does that stuff play tricks on the brain! Took 1, never again, hihi.
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Old 05-05-2024, 09:29 AM
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That's interesting to hear! I haven't experimented with oils so far. Currently, I'm finding pleasure in working with gouache.
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Old 05-05-2024, 09:32 AM
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I wish for your ankle to heal quickly!
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Old 05-05-2024, 10:24 AM
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Thank you, PinkFlower!!
I haven't used gouache since secondary school, so I can't remember pros & cons myself. But did read that it is in a sense more versatile than acrylics. Once acrylics have dried it not water soluble any longer where gouache should be.
So maybe it has the similar benefits to work with as I described for oils?
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Old 05-05-2024, 01:05 PM
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Hey I feel the same……I’m all painted out as well. Got no inspiration whatsoever. But I’m ok with it. It will either come back or not. Not bothered either way to be honest.

PinkFlower. Working with oils is brilliant and mostly because if you make a mistake, you just rub it off and repaint over it when it dries. You can’t do that with water colour.

Also when you want to blend say a dark into a light you can get a much softer transition by using your finger or soft brush. Acrylic dries too quickly to achieve that softness.

Ive painted for years using oils and personally I think they are best!
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Old 05-05-2024, 11:21 PM
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Also when you want to blend say a dark into a light you can get a much softer transition by using your finger or soft brush. Acrylic dries too quickly to achieve that softness.
That's exactly what I was trying to explain, hihi.
But I found it only really works well with regular turp based oils. Maybe expert/artist quality water soluble does better at it too, I use studio quality.
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Old 05-05-2024, 11:25 PM
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Oh, and I'm also not bothered that I currently haven't got inspiration to paint. It always surfaces again :)
I think it's normal that there's an ebb & flow to it. Inspiration is seldom a steady line. It goes up and down.
And during spring there's so much to do in my large garden so in that sense I need the time to do that for now.
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Old 07-05-2024, 03:18 PM
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Hey I feel the same……I’m all painted out as well. Got no inspiration whatsoever. But I’m ok with it. It will either come back or not. Not bothered either way to be honest.

PinkFlower. Working with oils is brilliant and mostly because if you make a mistake, you just rub it off and repaint over it when it dries. You can’t do that with water colour.

Also when you want to blend say a dark into a light you can get a much softer transition by using your finger or soft brush. Acrylic dries too quickly to achieve that softness.

Ive painted for years using oils and personally I think they are best!
Thanks for the advice! I'll be trying out oils shortly :)
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Old 11-06-2024, 11:11 PM
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Currently busy with another creative project!
Not a painting but a cathouse that is to end up in my garden so the cats have a place to go when I'm out and it starts raining.

The idea was to use wood that I already had. I have done that as much as possible but have bought a few things nonetheless.
When it's done it'll be on legs so it's approx 15cm off the ground. I will have to buy those legs as well as I don't want wood that will rot.

I started on May 17th and this was the very first beginning, the front of the bottom cathouse:


Even though it wasn't much yet, I was thrilled!!

I kept working diligently and finally had this:


As you can see there's an opening in the back to the right so the cats can move from the bottom house to the one on top.
Just so they have a 2nd exit which feels safer. Otherwise they could end up trapped if another cat comes sniffing at the door.

Then I wanted to see what it'd look like when done so I started painting, even though I hadn't finished everything yet:



Currently I'm working on painting both roof sections and the sides. I have to do that on both sides, inside & out, to make sure the hardwood multiplex plates I use for these parts don't bend. Without paint they would when they'd get a bit damp outdoors.




Today I put the painted roof and sides in just for the photo. I still have to paint the insides of them so they're not properly attached.
I was just curious what it'd look like :)

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Old 11-06-2024, 11:12 PM
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Oh, and I did of course buy the catdoors, cheap ones from Aliexpress.
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