Before the beginning of time, or at least before the block for the Puzzle Print occupied my time, there was the Heart. You may not recall, but the Heart is part of the Peace Health Hospital's fund raiser for their new vascular and heart health unit at SW WA Medical Center. 25 artists were ask to paint a heart and they will be displayed about the city before they are finally auctioned to the highest bidder in mid-September.
Well, this "large gray thing" was delivered about six weeks ago and has ruled my life since. First off was a thorough wash down, then a couple of coats of oil based primer to make sure the pigment didn't flake off due to weather conditions. Then the painting began and once the blue for the sky was there it looked for all the world like a giant blue butt. That was partially because most of the heart was obscured by the folded-up ping pong table. Eventually the heart's name became Helga because half a century ago I saw a TV program about cross country skiing and the host's name was Helga and she had the biggest back-side I had ever seen. Right then and there I proclaimed that I would never cross country ski because I did not want those results. Of course, later I learned that her shape was probably genetic and had nothing to do with skiing, but still I never took up the sport. Why risk it?
But, I digress. The painting of the heart occurred over the ensuing six weeks, or so, and when it was all done I thought it resembled a balloon. My son agreed and with his and Preston the Welder's help we managed to concoct a balloon floating off into the air with ribbon streamers following.
The finishing touch was the application of some silver jewelry hearts by my darling daughter-in-law, Kara:
Kiggins Theater on Main Street.
And now, because I must mention woodblock work at some point in this post, I am eager to return to block printing. What d'ya wanna bet that the next ones will have to do with printed balloons - maybe?? I am certain of one thing, those girls will be back for sure. I feel another attempt at moku hanga coming on.... Just what I need: another challenge.