After receiving delivery of it, Lloyd was not comfortable with the weight of the custom-made canvas from a Waterloo art store. He felt there was too much bounce in it. After speaking with Wyndham Art Supplies in Guelph, he made a trip over there, and ordered replacement of the canvas in a heavier, stronger weight.
The weather could not have been worse when he drove over to pick it up–snow white-outs and strong gusts of wind! Had the canvas been just ½” longer . . . it would not have been possible to get it into the Smart car! Mind you, I had to stay home so that the passenger seat could be collapsed in order to accommodate it!
Lloyd and I hauled out several large sheets of boxboard last night. He wants to construct a cardboard box for the canvas before I get going with the oil paints. It will be surrounded with lots of bubble-wrap, and then inserted into a sturdy wood box for shipping to Utah – his next project.
In the meantime, a frequent sound you would hear near the studio is the buzz of the electric pencil sharpener as I work on sketching the two stallions onto paper. Hopefully, that will be completed early next week. Their outline will be transferred onto the canvas, ready for the next stage.
Mother and father cardinal brighten our wintry front yard whenever they fly in for a seed break . . . or a dinner of high-protein nutmeats! When you were a kid, did your mother ever tell you at the dinner table not to talk – but to get eating? It’s quiet here around the bird table as well.