Yesterday was the big push to get to Atlantis. My dear, it was pissing down. I had a ride home arranged, I had cash money, so all I had to do was get there and shop.
Alright, maybe it has been 10 years or something since the last time I went there, but in the rain, and with a slightly broken boot, I was entitled to a bit of head screaming when I turned the corner between the mosque and the Bell Foundry and instead of Atlantis I was faced with a big new building with a massive Tesco Metro and NO ATLANTIS. I don’t have internet on my phone, so I called my driver in waiting and he told me where it’d moved to, which was, thank all the gods of the east end, very near, and I de-escalated the panic mode.
You know, much as I love the Tottenham Riviera, it was exciting to get right back into the east end again. Even though it was raining. I had to overtake a couple of totally tricked out steampunks at the corner of Brick Lane. They might have been out for a pleasant stroll in the rain, but I had SHIT TO DO. I found the new Atlantis building easily enough and it all looked nice and familiar UNTIL i discovered something that bent my brain. There seems to be something calling itself water soluble oil paint now. I asked an assistant IS THAT A THING, NOW???? and explained my wants and needs. She calmly explained it was quite crap, and that I should stick to my original plan of getting the new fancy acrylic paint and it’s attendant media.
I spent just under the £200 budget and got a pretty good starter kit, then Matthew came to fetch me and drove me home in his fancy posh car that made it feel like NOTHING and NO BIG DEAL. Which was awesome, because by that time I was tired. When I got in I walked the dog and had my tea and went to bed and watched tellybox things.
This morning, though, I cleared and reorientated the table ready to work at.
In the style of Alice in Wonderland the different media do different things. One is to make the paint super thick, one is to thin it down – ONE is IRIFUCKINGDESCENT!!!!
Tomorrow I need to continue with some domestic chores and get out the materials I already have.
And maybe, just maybe make some marks on paper!