Working on canvas :)

Hi all, I hope you had great weekends and are looking forward to a fulfilling week ahead :)
I’ve started working on a new Hawk Moth painting and using canvas for the first time.
hawk moth canvas process joanne seale painting art

I’m really enjoying painting on the springy stretched cloth, the paint seems to glide over it very easily, and also dries faster than on paper.
I’ve got a few more blank canvasses to try working on, but they need to be gessoed, I’m using a fairly cheap gesso from ‘The Works’ as I’ve run out of the Winsor & Newton artists gesso, but will be getting more as it’s wonderfully rich, gritty and very very opaque..
I’ve also selected a background for my Oleander moth lady painting.
oleander moth lady background small
I make many backgrounds in advance (it’s very relaxing and intuitive) and select one for each new painting. I find it easier to work like this than in a journal as I can have many pages on the go at one time.
I’ll also be using an old photo of myself to make the Oleander moth lady, which should be interesting to say the least.

In other news I’ve been getting into my audiobooks, I joined Audible earlier in the year and it has opened a new world of fantasy novels to me, I’m a huge fan of films such as Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and Twilight so it’s been great to get my head into some new stories. Who was it that said, the best screen is the one in your head??
I’ve been ‘reading’ Graceling by Kristin Cashore an amazing fantasy novel about people who are born with ‘graces’, special abilities which are also associated with the phenotype of having mismatched eye colours.
It centres around Katsa who is graced with survival, she is used as a thug to do the bidding of others due to her exceptional fighting ability.
And Po, who is searching for his kidnapped grandfather…
I was totally drawn into this book…
Even the book covers of the series just make me want to stroke them
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I tried listening to The Hunger Games but the narrators voice was so grating that I bought the ebook on Kindle instead as I have the kindle app installed on my phone, I’m about a quarter of the way through and am still making my mind up about it.
I also managed to finish the video game Mass Effect 2, but more on that another time.

That’s it for now.

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