Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Different desk for WOYWW

I am using a different desk for WOYWW today
as I have started my canvas at last.

I enter a local art show every year 
 and as usual
I leave it to the last minute to do the paintings.

Of the three I plan to enter,
I have only done two, so I thought I should get started,
since it has to be registered next week!

This is the desk I am using right now.

Sorry about the blurry photo,
I had to stand on a chair to get the shot.

When I use acrylics (in our hot weather)
I find they dry very quickly and a lady taught me this trick.

You use a plastic container (square and flat with a seal lid)
then put in two layers of paper towel and wet it, drain out the excess water,
then cover that with one layer of baking paper.
You blob the paint onto this layer as you would a palette
and mix on there too.

If you put the lid on when finished you can keep the paint
for weeks, works a treat in the heat.  

Dribble a little water onto the paper towel layer 
(not the top layer)
if it starts to dry out.

 This is what I'm working on,
no it's not some kind of weird abstract,
just at the rough in stage.

You can see a photo of brightly coloured fish on my desk (above).
I am changing that picture to look like it is taken at night
by moonlight.

I have done a few paintings like this and they look really good.
If you want to see some finished ones they are in this post.

It still has a long way to go,
just hope I get it finished in time.

Last of all,
I have started another ATC.
I used plenty of water with the Twinkling H2O's
but they just went mushy, so will have to play with it more.

It will be a brightly coloured teapot,
I hope!!

Now you've seen mine,
go on over to Julia's
and see all the other desks
around the world 
on this fine wednesday.


  1. That's a great tip about the paint not drying out! Happy WOYWW, RosA #5

  2. I see arms and elbows? right?

  3. Isn't it great to learn new little tricks to make life easier.
    It looks like you'll have a stunning painting there Von...I'll look forward to seeing it progress.
    Good Luck ;D
    Thanks for visiting my space earlier ~ Have fun :D Neesie #7

  4. your painting is eyecatching,look forward to seeing the finished work of art and thanks for the tip re the actylics
    have a fab crafty woyww
    kay #28

  5. Good luck with your work.
    I work better last minute, so I don't beat myself up about it anymore, I just accept it and things always get done.
    Lynn 40
    One I made earlier today

  6. Even if it is in it's rough stages I love it!! Good luck with your deadlines... Helen #9

  7. Your canvasses look amazing, good luck with your deadlines!! Must be nice to have different desks to show:o)

    Happy Wednesday hopping!

  8. I always do last minute too, I think I need the pressure for inspiration! Love that underwater canvas on your blog that you did for a friend - amazing. Thanks for the snoop. Anne #2

  9. Hi Vonny...thanks for today's crafty snoop...your canvas looks great...happy WOYWW...hugs kath (44) xxx

  10. Morning Vonny! I love your art work, its coming along just great. I hope you manage to finish in time for your deadline and good luck with your entry :)

    Have a fab WOYWW and a lovely week, Hugs, Karen xx #49

  11. Lots of lovely stuff going on!! Fabulous canvas and can't wait to see the finished tea pot. Thanks for sharing.


  12. The canvas is looking super already. Great tip with the paint tub too. Take care, enjoy WOYWW this week, I know I will! Zo xx 73

  13. Last minute is good Vonnie - it makes it all exciting and motivational!! I love the fish by moonlight idea, it's going to be amazing. The H20s are best worked at a sort of 'blood' consistency...diluting them just dilute their twinkle really, I think you're expecting them to behave more like paint than they really are...teeny pots for teeny colouring!

  14. Ooh, I love your creative space this week! Looks like there's lots of fun to be had! That canvas will be stunning! Gabrielle at #21

  15. Love the painting!!
    Happy WOYWW Wednesday!
    Hugs Marleen #8

  16. Great tip. Love the painting so far.

  17. Hi Vonny I look forward to seeing your painting finished you are off to a great start. I wish I have your warm weather problem right now! Happy WOYWW to you Helen 50

  18. Fabulous work... Love to see the end result.. great tip Thanks!! Hugs May x x x#31

  19. great tip and awesome art work thanks for sharing...

  20. I confess I thought it was some abstract thing but as soon as you said, "See the fish photo" I saw the fish in your painting. I visited your other moonlit fish too. Beautiful. I think this one will be the best one yet!

  21. I love last minute work - it's invigorating and there's less time to fret over stuff. :)

    The painting is lovely, even at the rough-in stage.

    Susan #145

  22. Love the water and that bright green on the ATC...oooh, my kingdom for another desk...Thanks so much for sharing this amazing tag with My Mojo Monthly! Sarah.

  23. What a wonderful tip! Thanks! I can't wait to see the finished fish. The ones of similar palette that you submitted to APR a couple of weeks ago was AMAZING. I am curious about your palette for this one. Do you mind telling?

  24. wow, love your other 2 canvases, they are stunning! Good luck on your art show! I bet you are going to do an awesome job! waving hi from the rainy hills of North Carolina :)

  25. Well that's fabulous, can't wait to see the finished canvas! Thank you for sharing your paint tip!

    :)trisha woyww #155

  26. I love the start of the canvas (wish I could achieve anything half as good as that) - thanks for sharing (Hazel, WOYWW #95) x

  27. What a great start on your canvas! What? Us painters waiting until the last minute to paint something? Nahhhhh. :D hee hee Also LOVE the teapot.


  28. Oh Vonny I can't wait to see the painting finished! Great tip on the paints. I'm going to tuck that one away as I use acrylics often. Happy WOYWW! Warmly, Tracy #16

  29. Your canvas is looking good so far. I love the color. Good luck at the show! Dani132

  30. Ah, I can see the fish in your painting now you explain, can't wait to see the finished canvas. Off to look at your previous work ow.
    Thanks for the nosy around - Hugs, Neet #19 xx

  31. I always love seeing the little swimming fishes in the sidebar when I visit your blog - can't wait to see the PAINTING now. Off to check out the previously posted ones :)

    Mary Anne (11)

  32. Oh WOW. NOW I get the "moonlight" comment. WOW.

    MA (11)

  33. Looking good so far - don't think we would have that problem with the paint drying out here in wet Northern Ireland - more like it would never dry!!
    Bernice (#72)

  34. Interesting about how to make the acrylics not dry as fast. I can't wait to see the fish painting once it's done.

    Your ATC looks like it's going to be adorable!

    Happy WOYWW
    Hugs, Kay #127

  35. Can't wait to see the finished teapot... the background is lovely... it has been a busy week...xx

  36. You paintings look wonderful, even in their unfinished stages. I envy anyone who can paint like that. Thanks for the tip about the paints, although whether our UK weather would ever be too hot for them to dry quickly, lol.
    Happy WOYWW
    Hugs Lisax #86

  37. You have been busy. I snuck a peak at your other finished fish paintings and I am excited to see this one finished. Love the fish by moonlight idea. Your little ATC teapot is going to be adorable! Thanks for visiting my this week Lori #111

  38. sorry, i'm only now replying, it's been a long week...
    many thanks for dropping by and leaving a note last WOYWW - it's much appreciated :)


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