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July 13, 2004

pushing paint

Oh, people talk about the wonderful colour, they talk about the marvellous composition, the striking subject matter; but no one notices the consistency.

Probably because it’s a temporary thing.

Consistency is what happens just before I apply the paint – just before I schloop the paint on, I should say. Because if I get the consistency right then the painting is a joy.

Too runny and all hell breaks loose further down the panel. Too stiff and it drags and screams like a young child who doesn’t want to go to the party.

Get it right, get it hot-buttery, get it extra-double-creamy and it’s Dinky toys all the way to the sandpit.

Posted by john at July 13, 2004 06:21 PM

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