This is Bud in my studio. Named, drawings started, but not yet painted.
Second lamp post painted! The crab apples look a little too garish so I’ll need to knock the color back a bit. The magenta paint I bought is very different in real life compared to the colour chart – it’s more startling pink than magenta: good for painting the blossoms, but makes for a very vivid orange.
Here’s a drawing of an empty chair – my contribution to the #3000 chairs “movement” whereby, as a response to Nicola Ambrose’s poem, people are invited to draw/ paint /embroider etc an image of an empty chair. (Because our government decided not to allow Syrian refugee children a safe haven in the UK because there aren’t enough chairs…)
Read the poem and more about it here: http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2016/apr/28/the-day-the-war-came-poem-about-unaccompanied-child-refugees?CMP=share_btn_tw
Yesterday I put the finishing touches to Blossom – a daisy chain round her horn, a bee on the lavender, and a scarlet lily beetle on the lily (this will no doubt infuriate any lily grower who sees it: lily beetles usually get crushed on sight. If there’s any touching up to be done on Blossom after she’s been out grazing in Bernaville Nurseries, I think it might be in this area).
I packed up my paints and brushes and left the unit in Harlequins shopping centre where I have been drawing and painting in companionable silence with Laura for almost two weeks and lately with Peter and Maria (I think?). I’ve enjoyed myself.
I’m really looking forward to seeing all the painted rhinos in their new habitats over the summer, but for now I’m going to turn my efforts to painting the tiny rhino.
It will be quite a challenge to replicate the plants on tiny Blossom that I’ve put on big Blossom, but with a small enough paint brush, I’m sure there’s a way. I don’t think it’ll take long either.
Some close ups.