I missed blogging yesterday because on Wednesday afternoon I received a call from the guys that are working on my car in Halifax. They were DONE with it and it was finally ready to be picked up. After just over two months of waiting, you can bet I dropped everything and we planned to make the three hour trip to the city to go get it. I was really excited.
After the long and cold winter, followed by three months of not being able to drive my car, I really was looking forward to having it back. I don't mind putting it away for the winter, but I hate depending on Keith to get me from one place to another. It just isn't my style or way of living. But we live in a rural area and nothing is within walking distance. Even trips to the grocery store are too far to walk. (I suppose I could, but it would take a couple of hours.) His two cars are manual shift cars which I never really learned to drive, so I am pretty dependent on him to take me even on short errands. I think everyone understands how tedious that can get.
In the three to four months when we have snow on the ground, it isn't usually an issue. I mostly stay inside and focus on work and it doesn't bother me very much at all not getting out. But in the warm weather, there are things that I want to do on my own – like go to the beach or take short drives – that Keith doesn't show much interest in. I understand that, but I also think that it is important for us to do our own thing. It makes us both happier.
I am happy that I kind of have my 'freedom' back. Sometimes it isn't even actually getting out, it is knowing you CAN if you want. :)
In any case, the car is done for the most part and I will be on the road again (look out!) There will be a few minor things that I will do yet, but for now I am really happy with the car and how it came out.
Here are photos of the finished car:
It has a new top on it and three stage Candy Ruby Red paint. The black stripes are also painted on – not stickers. It looks brand new. I am thrilled with how it looks. The color is a deep, blood red with gold highlights in the sun. It was an overcast and rainy day when these photos were taken, but in the third picture you can see the gold highlights and the deep shadows. It looks stunning.
We got home too late last night to take any new pictures. I will probably take some today in the sun, as it is supposed to be a nice day. Now that this chapter in my life is finished, I can get on with other things. You would be amazed at how much it occupied my mind over the past several weeks.
On Wednesday, I was able to make a good deal of progress on my Layla painting. I painted the under layer of fur, and am just about ready for glazing her.
This is probably the longest part of the process for me. It entailed painting a layer of 'fur' and establishing the length, direction and color pattern better. I began at the short fur on the muzzle:
. . . worked my way around the cheeks:
. . . and worked my way from the outer perimeter (the furthest part back from her) toward the center:
During this process, I moved some of the stripes to refine their position and make them more accurate. While this may not be important if you are painting a generic tiger, I wanted Layla to be represented as true to life as possible. In the end, I think she looks pretty good:
She could nearly pass for a white tiger at this point, but there is still more to do. Today I will begin glazing her with orange-y paint and making her colors true to life. Then the refining of the details and I will be pretty much done.
I will certainly have more photos in my next blog.
This was a bit of a challenge for me to do this piece because I have never painting an animal like this with the intent of teaching others. For me – there is a lot of back and forth painting with this type of piece, so I had to really think in an organized way to create it. I may even wind up painting a second one to demostrate some things. We shall see.
We are supposed to have beautiful weather here in Nova Scotia over the next several days. Chances are I may be at the beach a bit. I am trying to figure what I can bring with me to justify my time there. I am sure I can think of something.
Have a great weekend everyone. Thank you all for your wonderful support and kind comments.
Happy Friday to you!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"