(Yes, yes, I know, my desk top is an appalling mess. I've been slack over the Christmas break. I'll tidy it tomorrow.)
|Girls employed just to wrap. How very Sophisticated of New Zealand!|
|My Cornus capitata in bloom|
|How I think of Christmas (view of my mantlepiece)|
|View from my balcony|
|I decided to paint everything on this table and use it |
as an 'anchor' along the base of the composition.
I was nervous of those binoculars! They looked complicated!
|A sweet mini-composition. They are tied together|
with the ellipse of the table.
|The chair would look plain without the afghan rug|
|I wondered if I might do the reflection of this cup too.|
|Big Ted needs to be near the centre because he will draw attention where-ever he is.|
|I thought this pillow's pattern might look good in the background|
|This view I felt would be best at the top of the painting|
|I had no idea how I would use this wall.|
|Should this owl go with the other birds or have its own space somewhere?|
I loved the green eyes, but had to be careful they didn't stand out too much.
|The main structure is: the distant view at top, a piece of wall below, table at the bottom.|
Flanking: Two ceramic dragons above, two knights below.
Big bear in the middle.
Everything else in the middle.
Cushion pattern winding around in the background.
|Close-up of the binoculars|
|The blue 'Birthday' teddy|
|The lumps on the armour and shield have no shape nor shadows yet ... they are just paper showing through.|
|Three teddies nearly finished, and the dark knight's armour |
is looking much more realistic now.
|The violets are just spaces still.|
|detail of the collections table|
|No 'Happy Birthday' writing on Blue Ted's shirt yet. |
Black won't show well, so I'll do it in white.
|With side lighting, you can see the paper is quite textured. |
This made fine detail a little more challenging to paint.
About to do Ted's eyes.
|Shine on eyes = patches of white left. Left-hand one is darker as it's in the shadow of the nose.|
|Nearly there. All that's left to do is the twining |
cushion pattern and a final check.
A cornucopia of personal and meaningful items.