Proof of my love:
I love my brushes. I take really good care of my brushes - I don't let them soak indefinitely in thinner, I rinse them and wash them after I am done with a painting session, I leave a little bit of soap in the bristles to help them keep their shape, and I keep the handles clean. Sometimes though, after 8 years of hard work, I've just got to retire a brush. Goodbye old friend, and hello new friend.
I'm also proud I've kept up my painting journal - It is really helpful when I am trying to remember what I all mixed together to achieve a certain color. It has saved me a lot of time, and is really cutting down on my paint usage because I don't waste paint mixing colors incorrectly.
When you are using paint that costs upwards of $20 for a 1.25 oz tube (I use M. Graham and Gamblin Oil Colors), it can really make a difference.
In other non-studio related news, Rascal says hi. Even though it is almost 80 degrees in our house, she is still curled up in a blanket.
I've also been planning the garden and working a lot on the yard the last few days. The previous owners let their gardens get a bit overrun before selling the house, so I've been taking on the task of digging out rock beds and taking out flowers. It is not fun or pretty work.
But, in the meantime, here are some chive blossoms from the herb garden I started last year. The chives, oregano, sage, and thyme are all doing really well. I love perennial herbs. :)