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Day 11: I paint more dots

So the picture that I posted yesterday, the one with all the dark dots making the shape of a piece of machinery? I didn't like how they looked today - too dark - so I went over all of them again to make them white. I'll probably add hundreds more dots before it's over:

I stuck with the white dots for the next canvas:

I've also been making my own pieces of coal from air-drying clay. When you paint them and then put acrylic gloss polymer over them, they look - well, maybe more like rabbit droppings than coal. But I thought I'd try fixing one of them to the surface of a small canvas that I'd done some loose painting on, just to see what it would look like:

I don't know what it all means, but I quite like that idea.
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