For my friends 50th birthday I went to Hamilton Island, where she and her husband had hired a lovely house for a group of family and friends, where we had three days of great food, wine, friendship and divine scenery. Not to mention tropical warmth after our cold southern winter.
During the three days I managed to do one sketch of the lovely view from our balcony. It shows the lovely azure blue of the tropical sea around the Whitsunday Islands, and the mountainous islands that make up this group.
We had a splendid time and finished the weekend off with a sunset cruise around the island and we saw whales. Well I was looking the wrong way and missed seeing the whales, but I did see the whale spout, so exciting, I have never been close to whales before. Apparently the Whitsundays are where hump back whales migrate to and there was even a whale seen giving birth earlier that day!
Back home now to work again, though the weather has changed to spring and the flowers are out. I love spring but am always impatient with it. I can’t wait for the warmer weather to come and to break out of the winter cocoon, I want to kick off the shoes and fling open the windows and not be shut in any more.
I am at a bit of a standstill with my art at the moment, I have finished the portrait and am having trouble with RSI in my wrist so can’t do any more block carving for printing until I sort it out. Not sure whether to go back to my flowers or I may do some cut paper work. I have another couple of portraits lined up but have to wait to get some photos to work from. I keep thinking something quick and simple but they always turn out larger and more complex than I plan. No problems, as it is a case of spoilt for choice rather than not knowing what to do.