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The Flotsam Diary
"Flotsam"  April 30th, 2001
Neil Aird  ©  2001
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On the easel at this time, a 20" x 28" acrylic on canvas painting. I am enjoying the detail work in this one.  The most recent image (above) is at the one hundred and twenty six hour stage...only a few hours of fussing to go. It is now signed.  I will stop in four hours.
Update:
Monday, April 30th.
Spent two more hours on the rope today and decided to sign the painting, so I'm alnmost there. My wife Danie arrives home tomorrow evening, I planned to have it done by her arrival home...just made it !
Saturday, April 28th .
Today I am still painting the final detail on cork float , the biggest challenge.   I probably have another 11 hours to go.  One hundred and nineteen hours of brush-in-hand time clocked as of today.  Final images will be posted once they come out of the camera !!

Planned completion date is still . . . .  30 April 2001.   
Looks like I might just make it  . . . . .   COMPLETED.  
Two hours to spare !

Note: A word to the wise...change positions often when painting for long periods...I am now suffering from "Frozen Shoulder" as a result of painting "Flotsam" ;-(

Believe it or not, planning a similar painting to this one, will commence the project in March 2008 - The canvas is on easel already!! I wanted to do it sooner...but, you know how it is!!

March 30 after 14 hours
April 3 after 25 hours
April 6 after 34 hours
April 8 after 42 hours
April 20 after 86 hours
April 27 after 115 hours
Monday April 9th, I spoke to Dave Menard of Kingston Frameworks and we selected the frame and he ordered the materials. Therefore I am commited to completing the painting. I have a feeling that Dave will have the frame  ready  before I have the painting at a stage to give him for framing !

Update:  He  did a wonderful job w ith the Italian Frame, very plain and just right.
Thanks Dave !
Here are two views of the painting underway, fairly early on in the game

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Here is a detail of the painting when almost complete. Can't wait to get started on the next one!

Next up is "Jetsam" - started 22 March 2008 - The image below is the progress as of 04 April 2008 - I have moved along a bit since then - if you click on "The Jetsam Journal" it will enable you to follow along. If you so wish!
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