|Always & Forever Bluebirds, |
oils on canvas, Feb 2014
And it would become a gift, except turns out it is a bit too large to carry in a checked bag, even in large suitcase. A few cm too big in both dimensions. In May I have a trip to get out and about, and among other things meet a new grand-daughter. My daughter Karen and her partner Mike expect her arrival any day now (literally !) Karen really liked the BlueBirds painting (and earlier did ask if I would do a painting for the baby's nursery) and so I have started a second one, this one on a slightly smaller canvas that I know fits in the suitcase I will take along. So, Bluebirds 2 !
|construction on enclosing of the studio as resumed--Yeay !|
I do have to share the workbench (my workbench !) with tools and all manner of bits and pieces used for work on the enclosure during the week. I can honestly say, it takes more time to set up, and then pack up/put away as I spend on the painting session each Sunday. I will love it when done, because I will be able to have some painting things out (neatly. kind of. maybe !) and will not have to put away and set up every painting session. I am hoping this will get me into more painting. Because, I have a big pipeline of ideas to turn into artworks !
|sketching the composition |
for Bluebirds 2 on the canvas
|working on underpainting:|
|end of Bluebirds1 Session 1:|
underpainting done, but
much more to do !
|Bluebirds 2, Painting|
|Bluebirds 1 shown right, Blue Birds 2 on left, during|
painting session 3 and just after I got the lettering
painted on. Looking good ! (see how I must share the
art workbench with construction tools
like saw and level ?!)
BB2 session 3 was yesterday. I added more yellow to the birds bellies. They are now nearly done. I added last touches to the sprays of blue and pink flowers, and the leaves are close to done. The hearts got some shading. And I added the Always and Forever quote (in french). Again, some simple transfer of graphite to the ground to get my spacing and shape of the font lettering correct as I could, then filled in with paint, which was a slow and careful process. But looking better than BB1 I think !
|Bluebirds 2 at end of Painting Session 3, 0|