Oracle of Delphi or Slip Sliding Away

Before I get started on today’s painting and blog, I thought I would show one of the knives that I use to paint the most:

The painting is 4″x4″.

So…today I had more time, so I thought I’d go larger: 8″ x 10″. I’ve made up my mind that all of these are going to be cradled boards but I didn’t have one made that size. I did have one that I had bought years ago for a plein air competition — the only thing I didn’t like about it was it was slippery. I had rubbed in a coat of paint and it had been sitting around awhile, so I hoped it wouldn’t be quite as I remembered.

So, I cut up a stack of paperbtowels. (I use half of a half)

I was ready to go! I started mapping out my notan.

uh-oh…the paint was slipping and sliding away.

I worked for the day, stopped at 4:00 to give it time to get a little tacky. A couple of hours later, I went back.

It still slipped quite a bit… felt like the paint was smooshing around. But…the good thing: This monument is almost 3,000 years old — it was a little slippy/slidy.

If you look in the lower left, you’ll see little specs of people. I’m working on getting figures down with the knife so I went for it. Plus, you don’t really get a sense of scale without some humans around.

We were In Greece a few years ago – cruising the islands and then visiting family in Volos and Velestino. How I want to go back. You might be seeing a few more paintings from that trip in these 90 days.