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There have been bad things as well, notably that in the latter part of the year BB has not been feeling too good. However, one thing which was singularly lacking throughout 2006 was painting - either by me or by BB. We spent quite a bit of time talking about it, but somehow what has been a pleasurable activity for us to engage in both separately and together never quiet happened. But...it has, already, in 2007! I kept saying to friends, before the break, that we were definitely going to get round to painting during the holiday period. We engaged in a fair amount of distraction activity, including photographing and re-wrapping our entire existing oeuvre (hopefully with a view to effecting some sales in 2007). I even marked more than half the examination scripts which are sitting in my study, and which need doing before 4 January. We read books. Ate meals; drank wine and beer. Washed up. Ironed. Took Junior to the airport,sent him on his way, and fetched him back again several days later. Anything, really. But finally, on 1 January 2007, we did it. Both of us. And here are the results.
First up, my picture. This is my first real attempt with acrylics, and I am reasonably pleased with it, although by my standards it is pretty traditional. We were both working from photographs, both taken during the same short break at Lunga in April 2006, with my cousin and family. The one I used was taken in the morning light, and shows the view across to the Isle of Mull, with a dusting of snow on the hilltops. It's done on board, 20 cms x 40 cms. Don't think the photo really does it justice, but there you go. However, I felt that just like riding a bike, painting is something you don't really lose, although it is certainly true that practice helps make you better. But it was wonderfully engaging to be focused on just the paint, the paintbrush and the canvas again. I have really missed it.
Second up, BB's effort. This is a fairly typical 'BB', and all the more lovely for that. An atmospheric sunset.
It's an oil, and it's rather bigger than mine - a canvass of 12 ins x 30 ins. It is interesting to see not only how different the two views can be, because of the different times of days when the photos were taken, and because of the different mediums we were working in, but also the subtly different approaches we take in our work. What we each choose to emphasise or to downplay.
Anyway, enough wiffling on about the pleasures of painting. This has been a mega post, and it must stop now!