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May 07, 2007

Not Painting

Iíve written before, many times, about the run up to a painting. An act almost, but not entirely, dissimilar to the run up to a crease. Iím talking about the lead time to actually getting the paint on the panel, which is a suspended time, but a real time. I might not be painting, but I am actively not painting.

That is I might spend, say, two days not painting before I start painting and I have to spend this time not painting, which means I canít be doing anything else, like going to Manchester, because then, clearly, Iíd be going to Manchester, I wouldnít be not painting.

Before I start painting I always have to have some time beforehand, time when though Iím not actually painting I am actually not painting. This is why a model not turning up is such a drag as I will have been preparing for a couple of days usually. The time spent not painting is part of the painting Ė a vital part.

This of course puts the price calculations out of the sphere of the normal business model where the hours spent on the work are added up and combined with the cost of materials, rental of the studio, price of fish and such to form a final figure. Itís hard to put a price to the cost of not painting, but believe me it donít come cheap.

THINGS YOU ARE ALLOWED TO DO WHILE NOT PAINTING:
drink coffee
tap things
stare at the blank panel
walk about nervously
move furniture
void your bowels
make phone calls
eat biscuits
eat fruit
eat just about anything
check your e-mail
sit in a comfy chair
fall asleep
arrange your brushes
order more paint
check your e-mail again
write your blog

Posted by john at May 7, 2007 02:20 PM

Comments

What are your rules for comments?

Posted by: Chris paul at May 23, 2007 11:47 PM

You see I've written some and they've been refused. But they are not IMO offensive.

I have removed my URL and now they're being taken.

The URL was for a blog under the auspices of google.

Posted by: Chris paul at May 23, 2007 11:49 PM

This has been much abridged to try and get past the guards

Posted by: Chris paul at May 23, 2007 11:55 PM

Perhaps I will blog about this strange censorship

Posted by: Chris paul at May 23, 2007 11:56 PM

Can you do a list called things you are not allowed to do while blogging?

Posted by: Chris paul at May 23, 2007 11:57 PM

Lorelei

Posted by: Chris paul at May 23, 2007 11:57 PM

Was my interest, don't like yours that much but fascinated

Posted by: Chris paul at May 23, 2007 11:58 PM

By this style. Model for middle figure in your three figure post was in the same month 04 or 05

Posted by: Chris paul at May 23, 2007 11:59 PM

Clothed

Posted by: Chris paul at May 24, 2007 12:00 AM

Shaved

Posted by: Chris paul at May 24, 2007 12:00 AM

Waxed

Posted by: Chris paul at May 24, 2007 12:01 AM

things you are not allowed to do while blogging

use any word like lorry (US word for)

also some very mysterious other rules

Posted by: Chris paul at May 24, 2007 12:09 AM

Is it the blog url?

chrispaul dash labouroflove dot blogspot dot com

Posted by: Chris paul at May 24, 2007 12:11 AM

Please leave it on these settings! I'll crack it

Posted by: Chris paul at May 24, 2007 12:12 AM

I'm back

Posted by: Chris Paul at May 24, 2007 10:56 AM

I saw the sketch for the middle figure in worlds clash when I was here following a Lorelei link - only 30 minutes ago (that was last night) - but 3 years ago too.

Posted by: Chris Paul at May 24, 2007 11:00 AM

These people are clothed thank goodness.

Posted by: Chris Paul at May 24, 2007 11:00 AM

But do you have a serious problem with body hair?

Posted by: Chris Paul at May 24, 2007 11:01 AM

Rendering it in paint?

Posted by: Chris Paul at May 24, 2007 11:01 AM

Or required shaved, waxed or plucked models?

Posted by: Chris Paul at May 24, 2007 11:02 AM

Back to more pre-Raph Loreleis for me

Posted by: Chris Paul at May 24, 2007 11:03 AM

The last six posts comprise what I tried to post last night. One clause at a time. The last one had an ellipsis dot dot dot at the end and that was problemetic as inappropriate content it seems

Posted by: Chris Paul at May 24, 2007 11:05 AM