8 May 2009

The Canvas Adventure

I still have to add a photo of the finished product and will do that once it has been handed over.

My husband has a near-unhealthy love of all things airplane. One day, he printed off a photo of a plane he particularly covets, a Piper Seneca. He looked at me and said: Can you paint me a plane, please? Oh well ... what to do? What to do? Could he not have asked for a Planez quilt?

For the longest time I said: yes, yes, eventually, when I get around to it, I will contemplate it. His response was a soft grumble. So I thought this would be the perfect gift for our ten year wedding anniversary, coming up this Friday.

My life is relatively busy with work, household, all admin and last but not least the two kiddies. My husband works away from home and is very little to no help with my load. That equals very little time to be creative that I usually spend quilting or crocheting or knitting or blogging, but usually not painting. To complicate matters, I don't have a room or studio where I can just get on with it and ban people from entering. So I had to be sneaky and booked a weekend workshop at a local art school.

Also, I didn't want to just paint from the hard copy. But what to do? I eventually decided on a collage as a base. Every year, Hubby has to buy new maps with which to plan his trips. The old ones get tossed onto a pile and used for gift wrapping. Some of them found their way into the painting:

I then added the sky

darker on top, lighter at the bottom.

Then I stalled and stalled and stalled some more. After two sessions at the easel, it looks half-way respectable and I hope he will recognise it for what it is, mainly a labour of love and secondly one engine of said Piper Seneca.

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