Saturday, 18 May 2013

A Painting For My Mum’s 80th Birthday

Rather can give you an almost daily blow by blow account of the painting I've done for my Mum’s 80th birthday,  I thought I would deliver it to you all in a single post as a fait au complet, outlining the stages I went through before the great unveiling !
Large flowery paint picture
Because it was much cheaper I ordered two (one and a spare!) 48” x 36” canvases from which arrived within two days of my ordering them, as did the set of Royal & Langnickel acrylic paints (£5.29) from Amazon
However, when I went into The Works to get a palette,  I saw this Boldmere starter pack of much larger tubes of acrylic paints for just £7.99,  which was far more economical, and I couldn’t  resist, especially as I now had two canvases to paint.
So armed and stocked up  ….. I set to work ….. sketching the design out roughly first …..
Large flowery paint picture.1Large flowery paint picture.2
…. and then gradually filling the design in ….. the above only taking me a couple of very chilled hours while listening to Radio 4 on a Saturday afternoon.
Large flowery paint picture.3And the last three pictures are the final stages which took me another weekend. It’s the detailing that takes the time ….. outlining first in black. then in white Posca pen …. and then painting over again in the places where I thought needed it.
Large flowery paint picture.4The trouble at this stage was finally deciding when it’s finished  …. because I could have fiddle farted forever, adding a line here and a swirl there, but I am happy with it now (very top picture) ….. all I need to do is find a rather large piece of wrapping paper and ribbon big enough to go round it!


Suzie Q said...

stunning helen work of art x your mum is going to love it such happiness in a piece of workx

tilly said...

your Mum is going to treasure this beautiful work of art, and it sounds sooooooo relaxing

Moggles said...

What a beautiful gift - it'll bring her summer all year round. Well done you and lucky mum

Suze Bain said...

Wow, this is such a work of art. Absolutely fabulous! Xx

KraftyKaren said...

Wow that is so gorgeous - just love the vibrancy of it. You can't help but smile when you see it x

Ali said...

Gorgeous xx

Barb Cady said...

Beautiful Helen, your Mum will be so pleasedt! Very theraputic to do too, I should think. x

Cheryl W. said...

Your Mum is a lucky lady. This is stunning!

marc said...

she will love it fab big love marc

Merry said...

This is just stunning, a beautiful gift for your Mum.