Some of you may remember that Spouse ended a ten-year sabbatical from painting in November of 2009. He started painting this piece of plywood (about 4' x 6') that he hung on the wall in the laundry room. I started taking pictures of it and posting them here as I thought it would be interesting to watch the thing progress. The last post I made concerning this endeavor was in January of this year. I quit making posts because it looked like the thing would never be completed.
I don't mean that he quit working on it. I mean that he wouldn't quit working on it. He fiddled with it so much I quit taking pictures of it and just told him to tell me when it was completed. Of course, he's "completed" it many times now, but I know Spouse, so I waited.
(So far this thing has crossed the finish line more times than Mario Andretti but I've yet to see a checkered flag.)
But I know the signs of true completion, and I do believe they're all present because Spouse has:
- Quit staring at the painting for 15-minute stretches;
- Finally stopped applying paint to it; and
- Bugged me non-stop to take its picture for the last week.
(That last one is actually so he can stare at it on paper and decide whether it needs any cropping or other adjustments - when you paint on wood, you can "crop" your painting. [I'm against this, though, as I think it will end up badly.] So one could argue that it's not really finished, but I'm pulling the plug. He's been working on smaller paintings - making his first forays with oil paint, so he needs to let go of this one.)
So here's the last photo y'all saw (you'll need to click on it to see it bigger):
This painting has changed so many times since then it's not even funny. But here is the FINAL version (he will just have to accept that he can't fix some of the compositional/spatial issues).
All in all, pretty darned good for somebody who's not picked up a brush in a decade!
And now we are faced with the real problem.
What on earth are we going to do with this thing?
There's not a single stretch of wall (other than this one) this is even remotely wide enough to accommodate it (doors and windows manage to cut up every single wall in this entire house). And who would want to buy it and pay for the shipping costs? Anybody got any ideas as to how we can unload this thing? Know of any hunting lodges that have a large (and I do mean LARGE) blank wall?
You know where to find me....