A card through the post is something to look forward to, appreciate and remember long after the event. I am not talking about the cheap cards you buy in the discount store, but ones that have been created by an artist or maker and chosen with care to send a loving message to the recipient. Perhaps even framed afterwards.
This all came about when artist and designer Sarah Hamilton saw the quote:
“If everyone who’d complimented our beautiful gallery had bought ‘just a card‘ we’d still be open”
This is so sad and I have now resolved to buy a card whenever I see one I really like and not rush out at the last minute (just before final posting date) to buy one that will “have to do”. Will you do that to?
If you read my recent post Painting of a mouse – in progress you will remember I had been painting a mouse in watercolour. He was left sitting on my desk whilst I wondered what to do with him. I didn’t want to introduce any new colours into the painting as I wanted the emphasis to remain on him and his inquisitive expression. For the same reason I couldn’t put anything too interesting to attract the eye away from him.
After several days of looking at him every time I passed by I decided upon a simple rocky area. This was neither too bold nor too distracting.
Mouse in progress
This, I felt, worked. Now just the finishing touches and some more definition and we were good to go!
Hope you like him! He can be seen on a new card in my Etsy shop (see above for the link). All he lacks now is a name – any ideas?
This is my current work in progress. A little mouse who is sitting watching me from the easel on my worktable. He is patiently waiting for me to decide where he lives or what he is doing with his life.
Mouse Close up
I like to have more than one painting on the go at any one time, preferably in different stages of completion. It helps keep me away from that dreadful time when I have NOTHING to paint. That’s when procrastination sets in along with loss of confidence. Not a nice place. But when I am painting, ideas flow and I can’t wait to have a go at the next idea.
Back to the mouse though – he looks such a friendly fellow (I’m starting to feel like Beatrix Potter!). Shall I put him peeping out from behind a rock, a flowerpot or perhaps just vegetation? It will come to me I know, but in the meantime I am just enjoying his company.