'Sophie' is finished and I am now trying to find a mount for the picture so I can send it to NZ. I would like to get it framed, but it just adds to much to the weight and cost of postage to the parcel unfortunately.
I will take a final photo once mounted...and hopefully capture the true colours. On a whole I am really pleased with this painting and really hope my Mum and Dad like it. I am not overly happy with the back end, but some of that will be covered with the mount anyway. I want to get it posted early next week as I want it to arrive in time for Mum's birthday.
This week I spent most of my time staring at a blank canvas...the class tutor wanted me to paint a scene with a Chinese Pagoda in it, but I find those straight lines and buildings really difficult and my heart wasn't in it. Try as I might I just wasn't happy with anything I came up with.
In the end so I didn't go home with a blank canvas I decided to paint a bird.
This was done in about the last half hour I think.
It is painted from a photo I took of a shag on a rock in Whangarei. Interestingly, having just put this photo on here, I can see things that I need to add to the painting. I had printed it out on paper, but some of the detail was missed.
So thirteen weeks into my very first ever art classes having not painted or drawn since I was at primary school - I didn't take Art at secondary school as it was an 'optional' subject and I chose to take Woodwork and Music instead - I can say I am rather enjoying the experience. On a whole it is something I can do that doesn't hurt too much...sometimes it is a bit problematic when I am having a flare up, but as the class is quite relaxed, I can get up, move around, stand or sit and paint and sometimes I swap hands I am painting with to give my right hand and arm a rest.