Vector geranium

June 17, 2014

I’ve had to suspend the oil painting for the time being as I’ve got a couple of freelance jobs, strictly digital so I have to switch back to Adobe Illustrator mode. I’ve finished one batch, some maps, and whilst summoning up the energy to tackle some of the more complicated drawings in the other job ( a book of brain teasers and illusions and the psychology and physiology behind them) I managed a nifty bit of replacement strategy and found a half-finished ( or more accurately quarter finished) vector image of a geranium ( or probably more accurately Pelargonium), photographed in our garden and drawn because I came across the photo and felt I could get a decent illustration out of it.

Here’s the final image, rushed a little at the end as I suddenly felt I’d had enough of drawing those fiddly leaves.


OK, maybe a rather over dramatic title, but we invited some old friends over for a return meal last Saturday, we put lots of effort into planning the menu,making ice cream, buying top quality ingredients, cleaning the house, polishing the furniture etc etc. About an hour before the guests were due my daughter gave me an early Father’s Day present of a bottle of sloe gin. We tried a bit, very nice! Tried a bit more, nicer and nicer. Then our friends got lost on the way and turned up late, by which time the meal was overdone and we had almost finished off the sloe gin. The less said about the evening the better, although the food was mainly rescued, it did all become a bit of a blur, punctuated by me dropping a bottle of vodka on the tiled floor and Carol forgetting some of the starter ingredients. The next day, through a hungover haze, I did think how nice the flowers from the garden looked in a little Victorian jug that had been on the table, so managed to get  a half decent photo of it before the flowers died and we collapsed on chairs in the garden, vowing not to drink before the food was on the table next time.

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