Leonard Cohen: if I knew where the songs came from, I’d go there more often

one of the positives about making components, not 5st*r pieces of work, is that i can shuffle along on a less than optimal day and still do something. i do miss the ‘rapture’ of being totally engaged in oil painting, and would happily be immersed everyday, but lots of small pleasures are not to be sniffed at.  ironing paper dry is something that always makes me smile as i never iron clothes. it also makes me very tired! but the smoothness of the paper and the slight sealing effect on the brusho metallics are worth it. btw brusho is a pigment powder, just loooovely to play with…

i have 3 kinds of paper with brusho on, and now —- with wax crayon and acrylic.

any thin water based paint will do by the way, just doodle, scrawl or purposefully pattern if you must with a wax crayon, then paint as desired, the water can’t stick and soon you will discover new colour combinations that set you off in new directions. i use this as a layering technique when i’m building up a variety of papers before starting a new collage project, but sometimes a piece made at random can stand alone…

this piece reminds me of winter dusk on the salt marshes, the kind you see those huge starlings swirls on…

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