Anxious to make the most of Melbourne’s unseasonably warm, calm autumn weather, I headed to a small, hidden laneway off a quiet street in Kensington last Friday and painted some characters, just for fun.
I was overjoyed to be painting in a t-shirt + light jeans this late in the year, unobserved for the most part, in a quaint area of beautiful Melbourne. The boards were unexpectedly porous, so I was thankful for the warm breeze which dried the undercoat quickly, + allowed me to continue with my aerosol paints after a short delay.
I took my time, playing with some new colours, + having regular coffee breaks (great coffee nearby) throughout the day.
I was happy with the completed piece, a quiet, melancholy image in a forgotten corner of the village.
Melbourne’s current warm spell cannot last, + I am aware that this might have been the last comfortably-warm outdoor painting session I have in Melbourne until next summer. Given this, I painted until dusk crept up on me, finishing just as it became too dark to see, satisfied that I squeezed every last productive minute out of the day.
I packed up my bags + drove home through the dark with the windows down, balmy air streaming over me , the perfect end to a brilliant, late autumn Melbourne day. What a treat.
I hope you enjoy the painting, Kensington, as much as I enjoyed painting it. x