Welcome to this weeks Musings!
Modelling Versus Housework
Yesterday morning She Who Must Be Obeyed left me!
I should qualify that statement. She left to look after her sister in Edinburgh who is very poorly following major hospital surgery. She will be gone for the best part of two weeks. Her parting comment was “you know where everything is”. This is undeniable. I know where the cooker, microwave, washing machine, tumble dryer, vacuum cleaner, iron, dish washer, etc. are but do I know how to use them? Do I fuck.
So now I have a dilemma.
If I do all this stuff I will have less time for modelling. Furthermore, if I show myself to be too resourceful I’ll be expected to do more upon her return to the love coop which will also lead to less time for modelling!
So what is to be done?
Well some of these things are easily got round. The local village pub serves excellent food and Robert the landlord will be happy for my company on the quiet mid-week evenings. On a personal front I have enough socks, pants and shirts to see me through. Other matters require greater consideration.
The daughter could begin to pull her weight domestically. If she is old enough to fraternize with a 16-year-old lad from Rugby (see last week’s Musings) she can bloody well do her own washing and ironing! The son has plans to spend more time at his girlfriend’s so nothing to worry about there.
That leaves me with only some other washing to deal with and of course house cleaning. As I see it the options are:
- Get the daughter to do it? (A little unfair as she is seriously studying for GCSE’s)
- Get my mum over? (She’s 87, has a dodgy hip and is riddled with arthritis but is a game old girl and wants to feel useful but can’t drive so I’d have to collect her)
- Do it myself? (Analytically this is an option but seriously?)
- Leave it until SWMBO gets back?
Well I’m sure you will agree with me that the only possible solution is number 4. If for no other reason than it will teach her to go off and leave me in future. A daring strategy for sure.
I’ll let you know how it goes!
While I was bobbing along on the crest of a wave one day on holiday and enjoying my fourth cocktail at two thirty in the afternoon I found myself thinking about Colour Wheels. Some, She Who Must Be Obeyed for example, would claim such thoughts were the psychedelic effects of alcohol. I on the other hand claim the inspiration for such a musing was the cosmic result of seeing a rainbow appear over the yard-arm. I’ll let you determine the truth.
Now I can’t remember when I first learned of the existence of colour wheels but I’d hazard a guess and say it was back in the late 80’s, most probably care of Military Modelling Magazine and an article it might have contained. I thought it made for a sensible purchase and so bought one at a local art shop. I’ve had it ever since and do find myself referring to it from time to time.
From an early age I was very much aware of the three primary colours, red, blue and yellow and knew that from these colours all other colours, with the exception of black and white, could be mixed. I’m not sure how I came by this basic knowledge, I presume school, as I cannot think where else, unless it was something my parents or older brother may have passed on to me. I also knew the combinations needed to create secondary colours as well as combinations of three or more to create colours such as brown. The colour wheel served to confirm all this and act as a reminder in the event I should ever forget.
In addition the colour wheel also provided me with the terminology of “tint” and “shade” by simply adding white or black respectively, something I was doing naturally but without knowing there was a name for it. What I didn’t know about at that time was complimentary colours and, more significantly there use in shading and highlighting.
Now a basic colour wheel can be made up of any blue, red or yellow that you happen to have at your disposal. From these three colours can be derived purple (blue/red), orange (red/yellow) and green (blue/yellow). At the risk of stating the obvious the secondary colours will vary based on the ratio of, say, red to yellow and will vary again if you add black or white. In any event, once the secondary colours have been mixed the complimentary colour to Blue is Orange, to Red it is Green and to Yellow it is Purple.
Now I’m generalizing I know but I suspect many of us when we are shading and highlighting our figures do so with lighter or darker versions of the same colour but here is the thing, you could use the complimentary colour instead. This is not something I’ve done a lot of but when I have the results have been very pleasing to my eye. Which leaves me wondering all the more why I have not used the complimentary colour far more often. So much so that I intend to go down this route more at some point in the future to gauge the results.
So now I’m wondering – how many of you use complimentary colours for shading and highlighting or is my suspicion that we all mostly use lighter or darker versions of the same colour, mixed or simply from another bottle, justified?
Until next time.