Monday, January 14, 2019

Blossoms And The Card.....




A Little Attachment....

Here is Blossom number Thirty-nine, Dear Readers, completed at last! But I must tell you that this is actually Blossom number Forty.... except that the first number Thirty-nine never got completed in the usual way, but got scattered to the World.... and so now this one is called number Thirty-nine... and I will be forever mixed up about which blossom I am working on now! Let me explain....!  You might recall that I showed you the florets for number Thirty-nine all finished but not assembled a couple of weeks ago. Well, as I was working on the Christmas Card Drawing one day, I decided to see whether the florets in RL were the same size as the ones I was drawing on The Card (because you can be sure they were to be included this year no matter what!) so I brought one of the florets up to my drawing to compare.... (Be warned, if you don't want to see The Card yet... stop here!)

I set the unfinished floret on the drawing.... 
and yes, the florets in the drawing were just about the size
 of the RL ones I have been making all year!
Can you see the little floret on the drawing here?

Or maybe you can see it better in this one?
Well, never mind.... I still had a long way to go to finish the card...
But it gave me an idea that wouldn't go away....

Here are the finished florets for Blossom number Thirty-nine....
but I had not had time to assemble them
 while I was working so hard on the card.
 But what if...... I thought.... 
What if I attached a floret to the finished card....???

Days and days later.... 
the idea still would not go away.
 I am testing the color here....
The Card still has days and days of work to do before it is done.

But somehow, Dear Readers,
 the florets refused to come together into one blossom....
 they went into a little dish
 and at great risk to their fragile existence
 they have been attached, one by one,
 to the first forty-eight cards I have sent out!

Can you see it there? 
A single three-dimensional attachment to the drawing?
(I have never done something like this before!)
I have been needing to warn the recipients
 so they will not accidentally brush the little blossom attachment away!
But yes, The Card is finally finished
 and on its way to many on my list,
 and hopefully the little blossoms will stay attached!
Oh, and you wanted to see the whole card?

I had a hard time getting a good picture... 
the printed surface reflects the light......
 but here it is at last!
(8.5x11inches pen and ink and watercolor on arches paper)
You will need to poke the pictures to see the details!
So there went Blossom number Thirty-nine... 
in fragments all around the World....

While Blossom number Forty...
 the new number Thirty-nine
 is waiting in the box with its buddies.
And The Card is going forth
 with  a Little Attachment!

Monday, January 7, 2019

New Year..... Same Old Story....




Patience.....

I am Sure you will Not be surprised Dear Readers, when I tell you that I am not quite finished with painting this (last?) year's Christmas Card! I have been devoting every spare minute of every day for weeks now... but it is a slow process. At least I can tell you that it is Nearly finished, and I am at the point where I am confident I will be happy with the results when I am finished, but I really can't afford to hurry the process and make mistakes...! (There is no "correcting" watercolor painting!) So I am stopping by here to let you know that it is coming along nicely and we just have to be Patient. But that doesn't mean we can't Dream while we are waiting. The Winter nights are long, after all, and the imagination wanders to all those Projects that are still waiting for an update. And most especially to the Castle, with those recently (relatively) acquired Doors..... which both conceal from and tease the Imagination!

They are so Raw and unfinished....
 yet at the same time they completely Define the structure
 in a way I could not imagine before I added them!

And those windows just Beg to be looked into...
or out of, it would appear!

Who have we here.....?

It looks like the Hounds are keeping guard in the Great Hall!

I am not sure who they are expecting to see....

But I was hoping to have a glimpse of that Still Unfinished ceiling.....

With those Patient Saints! 
Remember them?
I had intended to work on them last summer 
when I decided I needed to finish the structural parts first.... 
and hence the doors....
and I didn't get to the painting.
(Thus the Patience of the Saints!)
Oh, you want to actually See them, Dear Readers? 
And not just a dark and moody ceiling...?

Well, here is the view with the "flash"... 
although this view would never be seen in RL 
if this were a real Castle.....
The lighting would never have been good enough.
But we can imagine....!
And I can Hope I will find time 
to work on it some more sometime soon.
But not before I finish the Card....
and the lilac blossoms....

Which I confess, I have fallen a little bit behind on.
You see above the florets for blossom number thirty-nine.... 
not yet assembled.... and a week overdue.
But it is all in a good cause...
Because I am Nearly finished with the Card!
 So there you see, Dear Readers,
It is a New Year, but it's the same old story...
We can Dream....
 but we have to have Patience to see the results.
 
(And I hope to get caught up on all your blogs soon!)
Happy New Year!