I haven’t stopped working. Well, not entirely. The house is undergoing massive cleaning, rearranging, prepping for winter, and yes, snow has effing arrived. It’s all over my sunflowers and grapes, the damn stuff.
Only about 4 hours today, most of that catching up with the million flaws. I have way too much to do, and no help at all.
7 hours today. Well, 5 solid. Admittedly, I didn’t get a hell of a lot done during the Masterchef UK: The Professionals final.
Okay, took Waiting Fire outside for better shots. Now I’m done being distracted. ETA: Oh, Monday Movies. Mmmmph. First up, The Gravedancers (2006). Aaargh, bad. Bad acting, bad plot, bad writing, special fx we’ve all seen about a zillion damn times already. Views like a ‘made for SyFy channel’ movie, but without managing to be bad enough to be entertaining. Next, Waterborne (2005). Aaargh Aaargh, make it stop! Rotten cinematography, jumpy, made to look handheld, badly done. Very badly done. No actual characters, the movie is populated with shallow caricatures of stereotypes. There’s the 20something white guy who is cool and level-headed, trying to reign in his stoner buddy, who is more reminiscent of someone doing something other than herb, being that he’s jacked up and violent. Also, a raging asshole. Then there are the two military guys, both white, naturally. There’s the younger one, an idiot bigot with a deep desire to kill, and the older, thoughtful one, who is completely ineffectual. The latter is shown to have a wife and sprog, so you’re supposed to know how torn up he is and all that. There’s a couple of token rednecks stealing water. Then you have the spiritual, new agey woman and the obligatory brown people, who are subject to a bit of racism and blame, ’cause you gotta have that, right? This piece of shit gave me a near-fatal eyeroll. More than one. Last, Orchestra of Exiles (2012), a lovey and poignant documentary about Bronislaw Huberman and the founding of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
I haven’t been working on A Different Grail because another piece was inhabiting my head and I had to get it done. It’s done. Finally. Now I’ll be able to get back to grail. The colour isn’t uneven, but I used pearlescent liquid acrylics, so the colour changes according to angle and light. A bit tricky to photograph inside at 3 a.m.
Waiting Fire, done with acrylics, liquid acrylics, water colour and string gel on mat board. (Cheap mat board, no less. It works fine – no buckling and a mildly toothed surface.)
Only 6 hours today, my back is bloody killing me. Other pieces have claimed my attention lately, but I’m back to A Different Grail now. Oh, haven’t done Monday Movies for ages, so I’ll do the last batch now, on a Friday. Seems about right. First up, Alien Raiders (2008), good old gory fun, with a good dose of suspense. Not a new plot or twist in any way, but done well. Next, Sidekick (2005), eh, I didn’t like it. The premise was good, the actors were good, but in the end, it was a movie about an asshole. There are enough assholes AFK that I really don’t need to see a movie about one. Last, Quartet (2012). Pure praise for this one, absolutely splendid. I’ve had a crush on Maggie Smith most of my life, and she did not disappoint, and neither did any of the other stellar talents in the movie. Billy Connolly and Tom Courtenay were particularly delightful. It seems a lot of people found it boring though, so in fairness, it might play better to people who are officially old, like myself. ;D