Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Finished things

This week has seen the completion of so many projects and I wanted to share some of them! The signage for Bayside Emporium went up today after Graeme and I spent Tuesday night up to our elbows in Kwik Grip, pasting the banners onto tailor-cut alupanels. Graeme has put in far more work than I on this project, but I was happy to be his humble assistant, do the artwork and brainstorm a budget solution for the stallholders.
I completed a watercolour commission which had become a struggle between me and the paper -  I used a large sheet of Fabriano paper (I think it is) and am used to the lovely way Arches paper allows the pigment to swim across the surface, or be picked up as needed. This paper holds the pigment tight and looks very dark when it's wet, making it impossible to determine the level of tint until the paint is dry - so difficult for my layering methods on skin tones, and five times over for five different faces! But I do adore the feel of this piece and hope it delivers the love and admiration intended for the recipient!

I sold an acrylic canvas at the Emporium this week, which was quite exciting! It incorporates a honeyeater and my daughter's profile, and is now out there in the big world somewhere. You can see it here.
I completed a set of wedding cake topper birds. She is calico with an organza layer and lace wings and tail, and a freshwater pearl necklace. He is black cotton with calico underside and wings, and sports a handmade top hat when he's dressed up. These are going to Sydney next weekend for a March wedding, and I have some more in the pipeline to put in the shop in Husky.

I also finished an 14m expo display design and artwork this week, with 29 fabulous images, which I hope will generate lots more business for this client  - who i have been working for since 1993 can you believe?!  
It is often good to stop and look back on what you have achieved, and remind yourself of the things you have created, first by wishing and dreaming, and then by (often hard to notice) daily steps in the right direction.

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