There is nothing like a rainy weekend to help me get some painting done. And what a weekend it was. Luckily we were spared the worst of the flooding in our little town, and it seems that Málaga city itself got the worst of it. We were put on red alert by the local police on Saturday night, and told to expect a storm anytime from midnight until 2am . As I am a late night person, this didn´t cause me any lack of sleep, which is just as well as the storm never came. It did rain heavily through-out the night, but not the sort of rain that tries to kill you.
Obviously, the season for worrying about storms and flooding is well upon us, and I believe my friends in Brisbane, Australia have had more than their fair share of flooding too. Like us here in Andalucía, storms are fairly normal at this time of year, and floods are not uncommon at all. We have just had the worst one in thirty years, so I do think we are due a break now. A couple of days of sun would be nice, I feel like another walk.
The upside of all this horrible weather is that I got a lot of painting done. I painted a smallish one for myself, and 60´s style anti-war poster to go with my anti-war post on Sunday, and now I´m well on my way with an abstract painting. I´m really pleased with it, and I think I will be finished today, or tomorrow at the latest. As always, I´ll put it up here for you to see before its goes off to my art sites.
The good thing about rain for me is that I hate it and while this may not seem such a positive on the surface of things, it is. My hatred for rain means that I do everything in my power to prevent myself having to go out side and deal with it. If I can manage without going to the shops I will; the dog is in and out of the house in no more time than it takes him to deal with his “necessaries” …….and we both look pretty fed up about even needing that trip out. All of this means that I spend a lot of time at home, and I have a lot of time to paint. In fact, last evening I was enjoying painting my abstract so much that it was with some reluctance I stopped at all. I had to because the painting needed to dry a little before I could continue.
I also love the coziness of being inside when it is cold and wild outside. The contrast makes me feel secure and warm. As much as I hate rain, I do like to look at it from the dry side of the window, and I am blessed with a beautiful view. From my window I can see the clouds low and grey sitting atop of the Málaga mountains, and the view of the little town becomes so much more interesting too…….all the wetness causes reflections , which look wonderful , scattering multi coloured pools of lights over the streets; stunning. So another reason why I like looking at rainy days; just as long as I don´t have to get wet.
I plan on spending my day finishing my painting, and then I must go on a canvas hunting expedition. I bought the last two canvases a few days ago, and I´m hoping that the shop has ordered some more, otherwise I will be in for a mini break. As much as I like days off, I really do prefer to take them when I want to, not when they are forced upon me by lack of materials. I really must hunt down an online supplier; and be more organised.
Have a good start to your week everyone,
- Storm to hit Brisbane’s north hard (bigpondnews.com)