Ta-da, I finally finished the oil painting for my brother-in-law. I'm still not entirely happy with the first floor window but I was driving myself to distraction with it last Friday so decided enough was enough and it would have to do.
|Kings House - finally!|
We headed off on our Easter holiday last Saturday with a couple of days spent at my folks' house in Derry first where we had a great night out with my old school friends and then on Monday we took our new touring caravan up to the wilds of west Donegal where we've been enjoying the beautiful beaches, stunning scenery, great hill walks and wonderful fresh air (plus a welcome escape from the non-stop TV coverage of today's royal wedding which I personally couldn't be less interested in. Although I am grateful for the extra public holiday!)
As we're not home until tomorrow night, I'm not going to get a chance to get the painting framed before my sister and her husband arrive on Tuesday so I phoned a framers where they live in England to get an idea of prices and I made him up this gift card which we'll put the money for the frame in. That way he can be sure the paint is properly dry and choose his own frame. I also learnt you shoul wait at least 6 months before varnishing an oil painting so luckily their neighbour is a professional artist who can hopefully advise them on how best to do that when the time comes.
Overall, I've enjoyed my 1st oil attempt and am planning to try a large canvas for the wall above our sofa in the living room next - watch this space!
Don't forget to pop over to Paint Party Friday for a gleek at some amazing art work from loads of talented folk out there in blogland!