I'd choose the beast, wouldn't you?
My Beauty did. She's coming along, I've spent HOURS (or rather OWW-ers) hand-lettering the poem onto the canvas. Almost done, but OH, my aching fingers and shoulders. So here are more progress pictures, as requested.
Some winter trees added to the horizon.
The whole canvas. 91cm x 91cm.
Beginning the free-form hand-lettering. Guess all those hours in Typography and Hand Lettering classes during my Graphic Design course were useful after all!
Close-up. 2nd last verse, phew!
SIGH! Just after I posted the pics above, I sat down outside in the sun for a well-deserved cuppa...and got a phone call. Apparently my entry form, for the Art Award/Competition that I entered "Beauty Remembers" in, did not arrive in time. Sad to say, it seems that it takes Australia Post 5 days to deliver a letter that I could (and obviously SHOULD) have dropped off myself in 10 minutes. And it takes the organisers almost two weeks to let me know (on the day before it was to be taken in) that I could have saved myself the trouble of rushing to get it finished. So I'm feeling rather down and disappointed. These competitions are a good way to get your artwork out in the public eye. Ah well, I've finished the pencil and it's now sealed, so I may put it aside for a bit, as I have another painting to do. Then I can pick it up again and take my time over it. But here's a pic or two of where it's at now, ready for the 'colour wash' step.