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New tool arrived from Amazon!

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So, my new drawing tool — a proportional divider (also called a scale divider) — arrived from Amazon on Friday.  It’s the X-shaped tool on the left, and it’s used for enlarging a reference photo or increasing your accuracy when drawing from life.

When new art supplies arrive in the mail, it’s just like Christmas.  I was tracking the shipment with Amazon, and I also signed up for that “Informed Delivery” service with the postal service, so I was ready to ambush the mail carrier when she arrived.  (I may or may not have startled her a bit.)

I found it to be very useful.  I am grateful to Stefan Baumann and his Youtube video for letting me know about something I didn’t even know I needed.  I may have over-used it a bit on this canvas, but it definitely helped my drawing accuracy, and probably saved me some time too.  The longer you use it the less you are supposed to need it, because it doesn’t just measure for you, but trains you to measure visually on your own.

I will also be trying out a new set of oil paints that have been sitting in my studio waiting for their first squeeze.  That’s why I’m doing a nice, simple still life — don’t want everything in one project to be new and/or challenging.  Also, I’ve heard that when you can’t decide what to paint, you should paint your lunch.  The cherries were delicious.

 

Yes, those are art supplies.

PowerToolsAreArtSupplies

I’m stalling on starting my next painting because I ordered a drawing tool from Amazon (more on that later), and I’m waiting for it to arrive so I can use it.  It’s somewhere between here and Salt Lake City at the moment — we obsessive types really like online tracking.  It’s the packages that we don’t need in hurry that arrive with surprising speed.  Seriously…I order toothpaste and it’s here in flash.  The fun stuff takes forever.

While I wait for my package, I’ve been adding extra layers of gesso to the canvas, and I’ve been making myself some nifty new palettes out of leftover building materials from our past home renovations.  So instead of canvas and paint, my art supplies of the day were scraps of white wall panel, a leftover sheet of window glass, Sparkle™ glass cleaner, and white duct tape.  Instead of brushes and palette knives, my tools were an ultra-fine Sharpie® marker, a power saw and a glass cutter.

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Except for slightly sharp corners (I should have sandpapered before taping), I am very happy with the results.  I’ve got two small ones I can hold while painting, and one really big one that can sit on the table next to my easel with my rinse bucket.

Credit goes to Robin Sealark’s YouTube video for the idea.  I’m SO glad to finally have that big piece of glass out of my garage.  It’s been eight years since somebody (not me) bought a piece of glass the size of the hole, and not the window frame.  I tried to unload during three or four garage sales, but no takers.  Maybe my guardian angel hid it from garage sale shoppers because the Lord knew I would need it for making palettes.

I’m also glad to have learned how to use a glass cutter.  A new skill is always a good thing.  I don’t recall where I got that tool, it was probably among the junk that was in the house when we bought it.  I’m extra glad I didn’t sell that in the garage sale.