|I am writing to let you
know that painting is officially done. I sat down and thought about
the project from start to finish the other day and realized that it
has taken me roughly 90 hours to complete. This would be from the
first time I put a pencil to the canvas and drew the whole thing
out, to the monochromatic understudy and finally applying the final
color. As you know, it is a 24"x36" oil painting that I have been
working on as a "gift" for my parents.
This painting was a real labor of love and I can honestly say that
while I am very glad to be done (and am thrilled with how it turned
out), I also don't really know what to do with myself now! It's like
an empty-nest syndrome.
|Heather lives in St.
Albert, where I used to live. In April of 2008 she asked me for
permission to take my photo of this rhododendron and paint it for
her Mother and Father as part of her study for her painting class.
We are going to put up the progress of this piece so that you can
see it for yourself … I am so excited to see this progress and I
hope you are too!
|In October of 2008 she
sent me the first draft of it. She has started the color portion of
the painting. ‘The underpainting was done in a monochromatic color
scheme which I hope will go a long way in enhancing the final
product.’ This painting will measure 24” x 36” when completed.
|As you can see in the
rocks, there is a lot of color which is part of what attracted me to
this particular picture.
|To do: I have done a lot
of work on the rocks and the leaves. The rocks are near completion -
some minor fine tuning here and there, but I think they've come
along. Boy were they a lot of work! The flowers, as you may notice
are still in black and white with the exception of the bottom bloom.
I'm not happy with the color/tone that has come out so will be
redoing it. There is still some black and white/grey in the top
right corner that needs attention as well. The rocks themselves have
probably taken me about 12 hours so far (from the black and white to
now). I only get a chance to paint for about 3 hours during my class
at Hidden Talent here in St. Albert.