Just a quick watercolour sketch. This is a hostess postcard for Mar to accompany my jigsaw. To be posted after the Christmas rush. Speaking of which am now tidying my room so my son and his wife will have somewhere to sleep!
Here's a sneak preview. Its for a Jigsaw swap by Mar. Nine pieces - one for each person in the group. The tricky part was making each piece self contained yet making the whole part of a complete picture. I haven't shown it in the group forum yet as I don't want to be the first!
The task was for a gothic arch... well this one sort of developed a life of its own. I had intended to play around with the innocently bemused young lady who had caught sight of something a bit saucy - like Michelangelo's David. Originally I had thought of her holding a sketchbook or a camera and saying it would be something to show the girls back home. Then I got hold of an ancient Roman archeological street site... and finally, because I did not want to offend, I placed a strategic butterfly wing... which actually makes it even cheekier!
Initially it was meant to be a sort of young maiden's fantasy, love story - but somehow it's turned out a bit sinister looking - maybe those clashing reds?
Well I think I should stick to the day job! Making and sticking the chunky bits was a nightmare. Here is my competed tragedy hung from something rusty on the garden shed door. Don't think I will submit this as it's hardly worth the cost of postage.
Well I have never done a 'chunky' before. This one is for a November swap, 4" x 4". Have made a start with the image - originally had intended marking out the quarters but think it might be too heavy handed so will probably leave it as it is.
The 'chunky' element means adding dangly bits - beads, feathers, ribbons, etc! So this will be the next phase... will see how it all goes before seeing if it's up to standard.
The theme is 'art' and words of inspiration must be added. Now my calligraphy is dreadful - most of my friends can do the most brilliant scrolling texts but I wimp out and print something odd. This is a skill I MUST learn... someday.
Anyway - my birds tend to keep cropping up - is it because they are so darn cute to draw? Or their grace in flight - or their latent monstrosity from days of the dinosaurs? Plus the symbols of nests, homes, trees, eggs, new life, and the joy of birdsong with the mystery of migration - all inspires and confounds me.
Trouble is all my creations - like myself - seem somewhat bewildered by it all.
I returned to the hospital today expecting to be discharged. Instead I was given a small operation to rectify some scar tissue which was causing an obstruction. My results from Pathology are still not yet through but I genuinely remain optimistic.
Nevertheless I feel a little 'down'. So I want to share two very special pictures which I painted about twelve years ago.
One is tiny - measures about 3" square. It shows my bestest pals Sam and Ben waiting for my wife at our side gate.
The other (boats, medium sized,) was painted on the day that Sam was put to sleep whilst still a youngster. He is depicted by the fragile vessel caught in the setting sun's ray.
Both pictures hang in our lounge - they bring me a sense of peace and a reminder of unconditional love.
Oh how I enjoyed making these book marks. (6" x 2") My wife wants me to keep them - but no, they are done for a swap. It is a wake up call, though, that I should be doing some art which I can KEEP. :) I just love sharing it with my friends.
Had my CT scan today prior to Wednesday's op. Like some science fiction scene - whirling lights, clunks and wooshes as a robotic bed took over my identity and pushed me in and out of a wormhole in space.
Back on earth I had painted a couple of flowery postcards.
But I am still a bit scared despite trying to feel positive....