Thursday night musings
Posted by Martin on March 8, 2007
It’s been one of those not-so-quiet weeks.
Today my in-box contained the latest Foundry e-mail newsletter with the announcement of price rises. Now there’s nothing alarming abut the basic fact of that – after all, a business has to keep pace with increasing costs if it is to survive. No, the thing I found perplexing was the sheer lack of specificity. The nearest thing to a clear indication of what customers can expect is the quote:
“as well as a significant general price rise, we will be creating a price difference between blisters where there is a notable difference in material and manufacturing costs”
Hmmm – sounds like a big price hike is coming and perhaps that’s why Foundry isn’t being specific. Perhaps they’re worried customers will vote with their wallets. Still, you’ve got until 12th April and, depending on your outlook on life that’s either nice early notice or a cynical attempt to boost orders before the end of Q1. Take your pick…
On a much more cheery note, this week has marked the return of German paint meister Sasha Herm. Since picking up laurels at last year’s Salute painting competition, Sasha has moved back to Germany and we haven’t seen much of his work. But he’s resurfaced on Steve Dean’s forum with a couple of super pieces of work on Perry Dutch-Belgian command sets. Add to that a new camera and some tweaks to his technique with a wet palette and you’ve got some very impressive results.
It’s always interesting to see how other painters work and pick up tips from them. Steve’s forum is one of the very best and friendliest places to do this and all the best painters I know chip in there. In another thread, Sasha’s been kind enough to share how he’s made his own wet palette and is using it. His latest work includes a couple of horses which, as regular readers will know, is something at the forefront of my mind at present. I’ve been comparing Sascha’s horse style with my own efforts and other people’s comments would be interesting. Here’s a shot of the current horse-in-progress:
There’s a couple of mistakes and a bit of touching up to do (see if you can spot where) but then this one’s ready for varnishing. Oh yeah, and the NMM experiment has extended to the “steel” bits – like the stirrups. What do you reckon?