Hmmmm. Been a while.
(Just jump in Jenn.)
Happy new-year-a-while-ago. Hope it was a good time and 2014 is treating you well.
I had a restful break, just what was wished for, and then sort of a busy jumping back in time. My little needlepoint business is sort of turning into a beast! A good beast.
I did some painting before Christmas. A bunch of things in progress as always, but I had to finish this one. It was a present. Do you know why I absolutely had to finish it? Because it was a present from last Christmas. My poor sister-in-law was supposed to get a painting last year and I choked. Worked on a painting of my boots that just never quite took off. Tried again through the year. Still not happening. Finally very very close to Christmas I realized I needed to move on. Boots wasn’t where it was at. Fish called. (Although not really because come on, how would they hold the phone??)
I’ve painted these guys a few other times and think I could do them a few more. They always go in a slightly different direction. These ones right here kept me sane in the days before Christmas, when I could avoid the craziness just a little because, you know, I had to get this done. Because I’m diligent that way.
The photo is blurry because I believe it was taken very very late, when it was very very dark, and my eyes were very very crossed. But boy I loved working on it.
Fish are so beautiful. I saw these great big ones at the food store the other day. I wish the photo really showed their size! Big spring salmon. I bet this one was at least two and a half feet, even after losing its head like that.
The man behind the counter gave me a sweet fresh prawn to eat (it used to be cookies at the bakery counter, right?), and I could see he tried not to snort when I asked if I could take a picture of his fish. He really did try.
I got lost in those colours on this one’s side for a bit. All those blues and greens. I guess if I was a salmon I would swim in circles because I’d always be turning my head back to admire my sides.