Small seascape studies for a Commissioned work, to get the composition right and the basic palette. The boiling sea foam difficult at such small scale. A tonal study in grey. Pushed the wave detail and the sky too far.
Cobalt Blue and Burnt Sienna for the grey mix, with a Cobalt Blue and Venice Red an alternate grey. For the sea, I used Green Obsidian from Pantelleria (Maimeri Mediterraneo), a touch of French Ultramarine Blue and Cobalt Blue. The wave bits had Cerulean Blue, while the beach was Yellow Ochre and Raw Sienna. The Green Obsidian I found in Rome. A grey-green, it has a high translucency and the course nature of the paint allows a gentle, muted gleam. Hopefully I have enough in the tube for the larger work!
Perfect summer day to be working outside the studio. Cleaning the recycled plastic water bottle butterflies prior to the mark-making.
First 10km run of the New Year on an overcast, humid day. A tad more uncomfortable than I expected!
Seven-hour leg of lamb, “sept heures”. As tender and succulent as the recipe indicated. No fiddling during the cooking process was required, other than to monitor the temperature of the Kamado Jan. The braising of the huge chunk of meat, a bit of a mission and I had to watch out that I didn’t burn myself on the hot fire. Sorting the sauce from all the bits used in the cooking was a tad messy, as was the removal of meat from the pork trotter. Fortunately, Terry sorted it. Fairview Extrano, a blend of Spanish varietals a great foil for the rich lamb dish.
Driven to distraction with the mess of cleaning and maintaining the cast-iron Dutch Oven I was using on the Kamado Jan for slow-cooked dishes, I decided to look at a Le Creuset version, as the ones we use in the kitchen have been outstanding. However, it wasn’t recommended for use in the Kamado Jan, and it seemed an expensive gamble. I did gamble on a much less expensive AMT Gastroguss one and it has been sensational. A downside of using it in the Kamado Jan, is that the stainless steel inserts in the handles get incredibly hot, so moving the pot after five hours of cooking can be tricky. The pot handles the heat from the fire, is light, the Pyrex glass lid sits well on the pot and with its vented handle allows moisture to be retained or released. It cleans easily, either in the dishwasher or by hand and nothing sticks to its surface.
3 small cheetah cub paintings sold. Always thrilling and a wonderful start to the year.