I am so privileged to be able to work in this wonderful winter sun Cape Town is currently blessed with. To tell the truth, I felt a little toasty by 3pm and was very much looking forward to the cool beach air of my evening walks with the dogs.
I am painting a little girl’s play corner in a garden in Yzerfontein. I’ve never done Snow White, so I’m super excited and can’t wait to stand back and see the final product. The winter morning chill makes it difficult to move quickly, and the shade created by the angle of the wall causes the paint to dry very slowly. Thankfully the sun starts warming everything beautifully by 11am. I’m holding thumbs that the paint had enough time to dry properly before dark. It’s going to be a long night worrying about damp and morning dew!
Although it might look like nothing new has happened, I finished the top half of the background today. I only had a few hours today and I’m satisfied with the progress I’ve made. The finished bits are also sealed with a clear coat of varnish now, so I can rest easy knowing it won’t be damaged by the weather. Thanks goodness all was well this morning – no runny paint! It’s only happened to me once before in the middle of a very rainy season, but the possibility still freaks my out a tad. I remember how disappointed I was seeing the runny mess the following day and now I do everything I can to prevent it. I hope to complete the rest of the landscape tomorrow. Then it’s time to move on to the fun part! The figures!
The entire background apart from the cottage is now complete. A few minor details like shading underneath the characters will still be added. It’s time to rest and enjoy a well deserved weekend. I’m excited about the next phase though!
With the base colours of all the figures finally down, it’s only one or two last stretches before I am finished. The end of any project can really play tricks on you, as there is always a little more to do than you initially think. Right now it’s a case of ‘pick up the brush and start on the left’ – all the big areas are done and we are left with smaller bits and pieces all over. I’m really happy with how it’s looking so far and I sincerely hope that my client is too! The temptation to finish Snow White first is huge, but I will leave the best for last.
Day 5 & 6
Finally! Time to finish the characters! The sun shone beautifully at first and I managed to finish the dwarfs on the right side and the cottage. The weather prediction was looked positive and day 6 started out great. An hour later mist started rolling in from the ocean and it kept coming and going throughout the rest of the day. I was determined to reach my goal and soldiered on through the chill. My wonderful mom helped me so much, holding a hair dryer over the fresh paint to speed up the process! It was growing dark by the time I finished with the chalk board paint, and I couldn’t move my fingers or toes, BUT I DID IT! And guess what? My client is so happy that she asked me to extend the forest over two more walls. I can’t express how happy it makes me when my clients are pleased!
Thanks for coming on this journey with me. I promise to post pictures of the extended forest as well!