Paints, pens, pencils and non-fiction books cover my desk.
I’m starting a project.
I start projects all the time: stories that never find their endings, paintings that have nothing but a background, or are missing the paint. I have sketches I give up on stuffed into boxes in my room back at my parents’ house. Often I embrace this feel of unfinished and proudly stick the pictures on the walls.
Now I know that to get anywhere with creative endeavours you need more than just a great imagination. You need a skill that often alludes me. You need organisation.
Which is where I, and many other creative people, fall down.
But this project, unlike most of my projects, I’m already certain has a more than good chance of success.
On this project, there’s a deadline – the end of the year. I’ve got the Mother standing over me holding a whip (figuratively). She expects a finished project and will make sure it happens.
So whilst everyone else relaxes over Christmas I’m painting some walls. The Midget is also going to be painting. I actually think she’ll end up doing more of the brush work than me since the biggest, and most time-consuming challenge will be getting my designs (which I haven’t yet drawn) onto the walls.
I need the designs ready before Christmas so I hope nobody was wanting presents.
The first task is to learn to draw like an Ancient Egyptian. Preferably an Egyptian from the first half of the 18th dynasty. Luckily Ancient Egyptians had a clear grid system which they worked to for all of their figures.
It’s a big, complex project and so I’m having to plan. I need to do research. I’m probably going to hop over to the capital and check out the big museum of stolen treasures. It is one of my favourite places to go.
Egyptian Painting and Relief – Gay Robins
Art of the World | Egypt – L. Woldering
Egyptian Art – Cyril Aldred
I need something with more and bigger pictures.
Painting on walls is one of my favourite things. Ancient Egypt is another. I’m nervous with excitement already.
Have you ever painted a mural?