I had every intention of putting several hours into painting over the weekend, even sacrificing an outing or two on the bike to make the necessary time. Well, I tried. I tried on Saturday but I can’t say that those ducks in my previous post were a resounding success. I tried again on Sunday but just couldn’t settle to the task.
Today I found out why: It’s that time of year again when the grandchildren are back at school, coughs and colds are spreading like wildfire and grandparents are not immune. While my wife has been coughing in a most determined fashion for a couple of days already, it was not until this afternoon that I became aware of a thick head, a runny nose and a sore throat. By that time we had already completed one local errand in the car and, after lunch, I had taken the bike back to “my” bike shop, a few miles across Cardiff, for its somewhat overdue first service.
Today it took only a few minutes to put the roof bars/bike rack assembly back on the car and the bike rode exceedingly steadily across Cardiff to its appointment with Damian Harris in Whitchurch, Cardiff. This was pleasing as I needed confidence in the rack, which had cost so little on Ebay that I had bought three of them so as to carry my daughter’s and son-in-law’s bikes as well should the need arise. This was not as rash as it seems but more a matter of grabbing the opportunity – finding such equipment specifically designed to fit my 20-year-old BMW has been almost a lost cause for some years.
Needless to say, while at Damian’s shop I managed to tick off a few more items on my shopping list, spare innertubes, a bike pump and another lock. Now I can be more confident about securing the entire bike, including the Brooks saddle, when visiting the local shops.
So I achieved something useful today and I might be able to bring the bike home again tomorrow.
By this evening I was tired and in no mood to concentrate on my Doodle-a-Day or on painting. I was looking on the web for more information about painting, and especially about transparent versus opaque colours, when I came across Bill Martin’s Guide to Oil Painting, which I had not seen before. This seemed to me to be a useful source of information for beginners though the information does refer to conventional oils. I use water-mixable oils in which fewer colours are available (though there are more than enough) and I would not recommend hog brushes (which don’t like prolonged exposure to water) but prefer synthetics. That is another story. The point here is that there is a particularly good page on Bill Martin’s site on the subject of colour matching. It is good because it condenses widely available information and manages to present it in a way that is memorable (and if you knew anything about my memory, you would know that that is quite an achievement).