This week I didn’t get as much done as I would have liked. The main reason being She Who Must Be Obeyed and I managed to get Covid and it hit us quite hard. Like a lot of people it started with a slight cough which neither of us thought anything of but then it hit us for six. Our bodies ached and everything seemed to require a significant effort. So much so we both spent a couple of days in bed doing the barest minimum. Just how much the vaccinations helped I guess we will never know but I don’t think either of us would have liked to have been worse with it. Even now, and after we had both tested negative, there is a lingering element to how we feel. Fortunately I caught it first and was feeling much better by the time SWMBO hit the canvas so between us we managed to function and get every day stuff like walking the dog done.
As a consequence it wasn’t until late in the week that a finally managed to pick up a brush and when I did I decided to go for a quick and easy figure, one that if I cocked it up could be abandoned or at least positioned in the background of the diorama. The figure I chose was the Beggar you can see below. He turned out OK given the circumstances and I don’t feel the need to strip him down and start over.
All being well I’ll get another figure done next week. Having been layed up for several days I’m behind on numerous jobs and need to give them some attention. I’ve also got golf matches (yes, I now play golf!) which need to be reorganised and played so tackling another mounted figure isn’t on the cards I don’t think.
One final thing for this weeks post. For the first time I used an Artis Opus brush and to be honest I was rather disappointed with it as the point curled over very quickly despite the fact that I use brush soap after every painting session. I have a few of their brushes so it might just be a rogue one, I’ll have a better idea further down the line and if I have a change of opinion I’ll let you know. For now though I very much prefer my Winsor and Newton series 7 as these brushes have never given me any trouble.