Some paper is more difficult than others!

One final picture to complete for the Exhibition.  This is a large elongated landscape using Chinese brushes and ink. So today I have had the “paper roll challenge“!  Yes some paper can be very difficult to handle and a large roll (1m wide and 10m long) is such a case in point.

However the paper challenge is small in comparison with the painting itself!!   I have 6 or 7 versions of this painting already and each one just does not quite make the mark.

I am attempting to capture the simplest of “motifs” of the local Borders landscape using a range of different size Chinese brushes.  I now know why it takes years to become a master of this technique.   It is like a meditation.  You have to prepare yourself before you commit the brush to paper; a kind of inner calm with resolve.  There is no re-working possible.  It is all in the spontaneous moment the brush glides across the paper and makes its mark.

Perhaps I should take note of the message above the roof light ……………. or our cat Horace’s approach to life in the summer in the hammock!