It started about a week ago. My summer maintenance job was meant to be very easy work and I convinced myself it was just for a little extra cash, so it didn’t matter what had to be done. I enjoy physical labour… it’s a break from intellectual work and allows my mind to wander. However, in this case, the group of people I was placed with enjoyed spreading out the work beyond my patience and took frequent breaks to just sit and do nothing. I was aggravatingly bored! The reason this aggravates me so much is that I have a hard time just waiting… it also makes it challenging for me to start any new projects or dive into some good reading… it’s the stop and start and stop that bugs me. Anyway, as the work got slower and slower, we started taking longer breaks and I decided to take what time I could to play with a new watercolour set and some paints I found in the school I was working at.

I’m pretty sure this is the facial expression I tried to hide whenever the team lead called for a break!

The watercolour seemed too uniform for me and I longed for the textures I get with oil and acrylic, so I added oil pastels to the surface.

Materials: Watercolour & oil Pastel on 140 lbs. cotton paper.

Dimensions: 12” (30cm) x 9” (22.9cm)

Original $25

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