Thursday, June 30, 2011
Eau de Fleur
Eau de Fleur, French for flower water was created by me experimenting with my palette knives. Palette knife painting (at least in my limited experience) takes up loads of paint so this isn't something I can do without feeling a fair amount of nervousness. I named it Eau de Fleur because of course paintings just look so much better with French names and too because the texture is that of single flower petals and the colors make me think of a koi pond. Despite my remembrance for the price of oil paints, while painting this piece I did enjoy myself and think I am becoming more comfortable with the palette knife.
While painting I listened to Marcel Proust's Swann's Way book one of In Search of Lost Time or Remembrance of Things Past. At first I found Swann's Way slow going until I became smitten... and then I was bored again. There were some really cute things that happened in the book that kept me on like a boy who can't sleep without a kiss from his mother and tales of extreme paranoia in Swann when it came to his mistress Odette. But in the end I heard the narrator saying "the end" and realized that I missed the last chapter or so. This is not to say that the book is at all boring but for me it lacked in two things that will always keep me on the edge of my seat: zombies and an apocalyptic setting. Oh well. I probably owe it to Proust to go back and re-listen but I am already knee deep in my next listening experience and with an absence for time. Maybe later we shall see.
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