The Scratch in Our Umbrella Paints, Nakhon Pathom – Thailand – The other day I was at umbrella painting class, Sampran Riverside – Thailand. I painted.

I worked out that it’s been about 8 years since I picked up a paint brush and painted a picture.

I was quite freaked out that I might have forgotten how to paint.

Light and colour, landscape tones, blending, mixing, weight and pressure of the strokes, consistency of the paint, loading brushes, working with the medium.

It all came back. Everything. Even the smell of the oils. The turps. My brushes. It all came back.

I painted a tropical flowerscape. It’s not really finished yet.

It was just a refresher exercise for me to regain some painting confidence. And phew, I can still paint.

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