...Just a quick little sketch, but who could resist a face like that? :0)
I remember when my babies looked like this - all squashed up and pudgy. I must have kissed their poochy little lips a million times a day back then!! :0)
Anyway - as promised in the title of today's post, I also want to share a tip on how to save your oil paints from drying out between painting time :0)
So often I go back to my palette to find that the paint has formed a skin, or even completely dried out! It's ironic really, because when it's on a canvas and I want it to dry, it takes forever, but on a pallete when I want it to stay wet? Not so!
Anyway, I have found a nifty solution in the form of a simple ice-cube tray with a snap-on lid!
As you can see, after painting a large area of canvas, I had a fair amount of colour left on my palette...
So I used a palette knife to scrape up the excess paint...
...and put it in the ice-cube tray...
Because it was going to be a few days before I would go back to it, I also put a drop of linseed oil on the top of the paint (without stirring) to further prevent it from forming a skin.
Then all that was to do was to snap on the lid!
As you can see in the photo below, when I removed the paint from the tray a few days later, it was still as buttery soft as it was the day I put it in...
...And the paint will last even longer if you put it in to the fridge.
I know that it doesn't apply to everyone, but for those of you who do use oil, I hope this tip might come in useful :0)
Just before I go, I just want to say that summer has FINALLY arrived here in the South of the UK! Hurrah!
It is blistering hot and I am Rosy red :0)
And just look at this beautiful flower that popped up in our garden just a few days ago...
I have no idea what it is, but there are several of them coming up now.
They look quite tropical and I just LOVE the colour!
Anyway, I hope that all of you are enjoying some sunshine too :0)