One thing I’m very thankful for is my creativity – especially when it’s someone’s birthday and I’m struggling to find the perfect gift or card. Hand-made cards are a long-standing tradition in my house. From an early age, my Dad would craft amazing birthday cards for us. I always looked forward to the envelope enclosing the heavy watercolour paper, anticipating the masterpiece I would receive that year. I’ve carried on the tradition from the Lego character my nephew loves to a mythical characters from a Star Wars cartoon all been featured on cards I’ve given in the last year.
I’ve also been fortunate to have friends who appreciate and enjoy my art. They have all been supportive of my budding art career, so at birthday time, it’s an easy choice of what to give. Of course, I like to personalize gifts as much as possible, so that means a new, original piece is on the block for creation.
Evenings this week have been occupied with going away parties and appointments, which left yesterday afternoon for studio time. So, several hours before the party I set to work on a 20×20″ canvas, priming my palette with colours that reminded me of my friend and let loose on the canvas. A couple hours later, I had a great painting that I was happy with and more importantly she loved when I presented it to here last night. Here is the painting from start to finish.